Standards are Essential for Industry

By Stephanie Castorina, IPC

Standards are essential for industry success. Standards help ensure that products, specifically electronics, are reliable; they improve repeatability and reproducibility within manufacturing operations, provide common terminology for communication throughout the supply chain, and lower costs for the manufacturer. Standards are reflections of best known practices within an industry. By having standards, a common protocol for communication is established and better understanding within the supply chain is obtained. By identifying product specifications, standards ensure better product performance, longevity, and compliance with regulations. Standards specify desirable characteristics of products that typically relate to a product’s quality, reliability, and efficiency. The development and manufacture of products is more efficient, reliable, and economical because of standards. Standards allow manufacturers to produce products that meet stringent quality tests down the line, minimizing costly delays, rework, or scrap. If a product is built according to an accredited standard, the product will most likely be of premium quality. Standards allow for efficient manufacturing, high quality products, and cost efficient manufacturing resulting in overall industry success.

Standards are more effective than regulations for advocating best industry practices.  IPC standards are created by contributions from multiple sources.  Typically, all sources for standard creation have some type of subject matter expertise as well as a vested interest in development of the standard.  IPC standards development committees are made up of volunteers from the electronics community.  There is a proactive and balanced approach taken within the standards process that does not typically occur within the regulatory process.  The standards development process is consensus-based allowing for an honest discussion on a topic and reaching a general consensus among stakeholders rather than regulatory requirements being imposed on stakeholders. The open, consensus-based nature of standards allows for the creation of useful, important standards that benefit the electronics industry and are widely adopted.

What do you think? What other benefits has your company seen from standards?

2 Comments

  1. Steven D. Underwood
    Posted March 18, 2011 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Nice write-up. How can I get more involved?

  2. Kim Sterling
    Posted March 18, 2011 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Thanks Steve. IPC welcomes participation on our committees by anyone in the electronics manufacturing and printed board industry or supply chain. To see all of the committees, visit http://www.ipc.org/committees. To join a committee, send your request to answers@ipc.org.

    Better yet, come see the committees in action at IPC APEX EXPO in a few weeks – no charge for pre-registered attendees. Contribute or just listen in. http://www.IPCAPEXEXPO.org/standards for more info.


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