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Only Connect: Requirements & Acceptance for Cable & Wire Harness Assemblies

Welcome to another post in the series by Nick Locke, of Nicab Ltd, who has over 15 years experience in the electronics manufacturing industry specialising in interconnection cable assembly.

Many of my previous blogs have referred to the design or products used in interconnection and cable assemblies. This week I want to talk about the standards used in wire and cable assembly.

Many people working in electronics assembly design & manufacture are familiar with the IPC 610 Standard (Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies) however; the dedicated standard for Cable & Wire Harness Assemblies is IPC/WHMA-A-620.

Many of you will be aware of the standard and very familiar with the acceptability requirements but there are some myths and misconceptions’ regarding what is acceptable and what is not.

With this in mind I have a small test for you. The following questions are taken from the IPC Training DVD Seven Deadly Sins of cable assembly. Let’s see how you get on, there is no prize just the smug satisfaction of being a “know it all” if you get all the questions right.

Fourteen correct answers are the minimum requirement for a pass in the official IPC Exam.

Here is a link to the questions >>

Good Luck!

Previous Only Connect entries:

* Only Connect: CCA Conductors in Ethernet Cables

* Only Connect: Good design and the IEC Connector

* Only Connect: Identifying greener manufacturers (Going Green #9)

* Only Connect: New product design – InfiniBand CXP 12x QDR standard

* Only Connect: HDMI Connections a simple guide

* Only Connect: New investment in the motor industry’s high-end

* Only Connect: My personal connector top ten

* Only Connet: Marine manufacturing and growth

Only Connect: The RS Connector zone

Only Connect: The Eco Award goes to…? (Going Green #8)

Only Connect: Molex and the Solar powered vehicle

Only Connect: Major positives for the connector industry – J.P Morgan

Only Connect: Cisco on a winner with Universal Power Over Ethernet

Only Connect: On the quality of materials

Tags: Assemblies, cable, correct answers, electronics manufacturing, industry specialising, myths, Only Connect, wire harness assemblies

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