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BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries awarded Axiom Manufacturing Services Ltd. certification for RoHS Lead-free Electronics Assembly Process Capability Program. Axiom, a Newport, South Wales-based contract electronics manufacturing (CEM) provider, also has obtained a Kitemark, from BSI Product Services, for IPC standard IPC-A-610.
IPC's lead-free certification program involves an audit of an OEM or EMS electronics assembly facility that determines whether the location supports lead-free manufacturing requirements. The audit consists of a balanced IPC lead-free questionnaire, supporting technical documentation, a one-day manufacturing facility review, and evaluation of process and procedure implementation. For more information on the certification click here.
Several companies such as Solectron Charlotte and Raven Industries have been certified, while others are currently engaged in the process, said John Kania, director of assembly industry programs at IPC. The audit process cannot ensure that a facility will produce a RoHS-compliant product; however, it validates capability for lead-free assembly processing.