IPC Standards
 

Overview


The Association Connecting Electronics Industries publishes the most widely used acceptability standards in the electronics industry.  “IPC” is a legacy acronym  – going back to the time when this organization was known as the Institute of Printed Circuits – but “IPC” has been retained and is used as a prefix to designate many of its standards. 

Its most recognized and globally accepted standards include:

  • IPC-A-600 – Acceptability of Printed Boards
  • IPC-A-610 – Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies
  • J-STD-001 – Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies

These standards, as well as many others covering diverse electronic industry subjects,  can be purchased and downloaded from the IPC’s website (www.ipc.org) for fairly reasonable prices.  IPC standards are well known for their combination of visual and written acceptability criteria – making them especially well-suited for training materials.

 

Regulations & Standards


 Document Description Comments
With the IPC standards undergoing periodic revision, it is important for companies to keep abreast of these revision changes to insure appropriate revision control internally as well as remaining aligned with the supply chain.   For current IPC Standard revision status:
Chart showing relationships among various IPC specifications.
IPC-A-600 is an internationally recognized standard for bare printed board workmanship criteria, including comprehensive acceptance criteria for target, acceptable and nonconforming conditions.  An older revision (Rev. F) is provided as an example of the high quality illustrations and photographs.  Note that this is a rather large (3.4MB) file.  To review it:
IPC-A-610 is the most widely used inspection standard in the electronics industry – providing acceptance criteria for OEM and electronic manufacturing services companies worldwide. While Revision E of this document was recently released, an older revision (Rev. D) is provided as an example. Note that this is a rather large (7MB) file. To review it:
IPC-A-610DC is a Telecom Addendum to IPC-A-610D. Note that this is a rather large (3.6MB) file. To review it:
IPC-PE-740 provides supplemental guidance for troubleshooting of printed circuit boards. Note that this is a rather large (3.8MB) file. To review it:
A sample training video produced by IPC that describes some basic techniques for hand soldering through hole components onto PC boards – includes information on solder flow as well as use of flux, soldering irons and tips.