What is IPC-A-600

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Last Updated: 2024-01-02

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What is IPC-A-600

IPC-A-600, or IPC-600, refers to a document that establishes the acceptance criteria for different classes of products in the industry. This document provides visual representations of the acceptable and non-acceptable conditions that can be observed on printed boards. It covers a wide range of features and characteristics that are evaluated during the inspection process, including PCB thickness, hole characteristics, solderability, dielectric thickness, soldermask defects, copper voids, annular ring requirements, drill breakouts, surface/subsurface imperfections, and anomalies in conductive circuitry.

IPC-A-600 helps ensure that PCBs conform to specific requirements and standards. It serves as a reference for inspectors to assess the quality of printed boards by comparing them to the illustrations and criteria provided in the document. The proper illumination of the boards during the evaluation process is also emphasized.

IPC-A-600 is closely related to the IPC-2220 design standard, and compliance with IPC-2220 is necessary to meet the requirements of IPC-A-600. Additionally, IPC-9121 is a supporting document that provides troubleshooting guidelines for addressing issues that may arise during the PCB fabrication process.

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