If we talk about bare board (or PCB) manufacturing 2 IPC documents are commonly used. The one that is best known throughout the electronics industry is the IPC-A-600. The A in the designation tells us that these are Acceptance Criteria, [...]
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If we talk about purchasing rigid bare board (or PCB) manufacturing the IPC-6012 is the most used document. This is one of a series of documents, also called the Qualification and Performance Specifications for Printed Boards. At the basis of [...]
IPC has released IPC-6012EM: Medical Applications Addendum to IPC-6012E Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards. The IPC-6012EM Addendum, when required by procurement documentation/drawings, supplements or replaces specifically identified requirements of IPC-6012E, for rigid printed boards that must [...]
Circuit board supplier X approaches PIEK with a question regarding conductor widths of printed circuit boards. He has delivered printed circuit boards, but his customer has a complaint, and claims that the conductor widths do not meet the requirements as [...]
Both documents the IPC-6012 and the IPC-A-600 are made for the so-called bare printed circuit boards. The difference is that IPC-A-600 is the document for the inspection. So, when a printed circuit board is ready, it is inspected before it [...]
If you question yourself if you should use the IPC-A-600 or the IPC-6012, then the question should be what application you want to use it for. If it would be purely to inspect (either the entire board visually or by [...]