IPC/WHMA-A-620 Training and Certification Up and Running


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Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries has established its first Training and Certification Center for IPC/WHMA-A-620, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies.

The training certification program, which assures its participants immediate industry recognition, legitimacy and value, is designed to train operators and potential instructors on proper cable and wire harness fabrication and installation.

IPC/WHMA-A-620, supported by 500 full-color illustrations, defines classes of product and includes criteria for target, acceptable, process indicator and defect conditions for crimped, mechanically secured and soldered interconnection and corresponding lacing/restraining.

Modeled after IPC's other worldwide-accepted training programs, the Training and Certification Center for IPC/WHMA-A-620 includes two tiers of instruction. By satisfactorily completing the "registered instructor" program through training and certification (tier one), participants will be given materials to train and provide certification to their company's application-level personnel, such as operators, inspectors and management (tier two). Those interested in becoming registered instructors will participate in a one-week program of 32 instructional hours, and those interested in operator proficiency training will participate in a three-day program of 24 instructional hours.

The training courses will cover such topics as:

  • Cable and wire dimensioning, tolerances and preparation
  • Crimped terminations — stamped and formed contacts, machined contacts
  • Insulation displacement connections
  • Ultrasonic welding
  • Soldered terminations
  • Splices
  • Connectorization
  • Molding and potting
  • Marking and labeling
  • Co-ax and twin-ax assembly
  • Wire bundle securing
  • Shielding
  • Installation
  • Wire wrap (solderless)

The IPC/WHMA-A-620 training program has been licensed to Tyco Electronics, a major supplier company to the cable and wire harness industry. Recognizing the importance of this standard to the cable and wire harness industry, Tyco Electronics will provide instructor training to their cadre of field representatives worldwide, as well as making both instructor and operator training available to their customers.

The organizations below, which will operate independently and set their own courseschedules and fees, are also licensed to provide IPC/WHMA-A-620 Training and Certification:

  • Advanced Rework Technology (ART)Contact: Barry MorrisPhone: +44-1371-856050Fax: +44-1371-856037E-mail: Barry@rework.co.uk www.rework.co.uk
  • Electronics Yorkshire Centre of ExcellenceContact: Peter H. BurnleyPhone: +44-1274-436100Fax: +44-1274-436130E-mail: PeterB@bilk.ac.ukwww.electronicsyorkshire.org.uk
  • Omni Training Corp. Contact: Ken Moore Phone: 909-945-9495Fax: 909-945-9459E-mail: OTCSolder@OmniTraining.comwww.omnitraining.com
  • Soldering Technology International Contact: Dan FosterPhone: 800-858-0604 Fax: 256-461-9566E-mail: DFoster@solderingtech.com www.solderingtech.com

IPC is a trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its more than 2,300 member companies, which represent all facets of the electronic interconnection industry, including design, printed circuit board manufacturing and electronics assembly. For more information, visit www.ipc.org.

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