New Ways to Measure Quality

Quality levels have changed a lot over the past several years. Companies that don’t change their measurement strategies and testing techniques can fall behind the curve, which can have lasting repercussions.

IPC’s annual Quality Benchmark Survey for the EMS industry is designed to help EMS suppliers from around the globe determine how their quality levels measure up to their competitors. For the past six years, the survey has served as a yardstick for companies that want to see where they have an edge, or where they need to make some tweaks.

Underscoring the need to constantly fine-tune quality measurements and parameters, the IPC survey got a major overhaul this year. It will now cover in depth production data, assembly attributes, yields, defect rates in defects per million opportunities (DPMO), customer returns, supplier performance and much more.

Companies that participate in the survey will receive the report at no charge. The closing date for answering the survey questions is April 5. All data collected remains confidential, only aggregate results are published.

To participate, visit survey.ipc.org/secure/ems/default.htm and select the EMS Quality Benchmark survey. If you have questions, please contact  Sree Bhagwat, IPC’s market research manager, at SreekalaBhagwat@ipc.org.

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