OCM Manufacturing Enhances Capabilities, Staff Training on Lead-Free Manufacturing Standard
One of first contract manufacturers in region to be fully lead-free capable.
OCM Manufacturing, an Ottawa-based electronics contract manufacturer, announced today that as part of its transition to a lead-free operation, its employees are being trained to the most current workmanship standards, known in the industry as IPC-A-610 D. This is the most current version of the standard and includes issues related to lead-free workmanship.
Once the training is complete, OCM Manufacturing will be the one of the first contract manufacturer in the Ottawa area to be fully lead-free capable. Staff training is the latest step in the company’s lead-free preparations, which have included the procurement and installation of lead-free equipment, process qualifications, and the selection of lead-free materials.
The training will be completed within three weeks and is being provided by Mr. Sok Pen, Production Supervisor at OCM. Mr. Pen recently obtained certification as a trainer in the current standards, as well as rework and repair standards, IPC 7711 and 7721.
Michel Jullian, CEO of OCM Manufacturing, commented on his company’s growing expertise in lead-free assemblies: “Given that the European regulations regarding lead-free electronics products are coming into affect in July of this year, we wanted to be ready and able to offer our customers the services and technologies they will need to ensure their products are compliant. Having staff on the shop floor trained in lead-free manufacturing standards is an important step in that direction. We believe we are ahead of most low- to mid-volume Canadian contract manufacturers in this regard.”
The lead-free manufacturing process uses different materials, processes and requires rigorous quality control. Not only are the materials used in the manufacturing process lead-free, but processes must be adjusted to properly manufacture with these materials in a way that ensures product reliability is maintained.
Since 1998, OCM Manufacturing has provided high quality contract electronics manufacturing and supply chain services tailored for small- to mid-size companies. OCM is located in Ottawa, Ontario, close to major centers such as Toronto, Montreal and the northeastern United States. OCM is ISO 9001:2000 registered.