New acceptability standard for the printed circuit board industry has been released by the global trade association, IPC, IPC-A-600K the definitive guide to printed circuit board acceptability considers the requirements of the entire electronics industry. David Lee, Strategic Purchasing Manager for PCB at BMK and a member of the IPC-A-600K Task Group, was able to bring new insights not only from the view of PCB purchasing but also the view of the European electronics market.

Even though the Coronavirus created considerable difficulties in international business, through video conferencing and meetings scheduled to account for the time zone of European members, exciting and productive discussions took place with industry leading companies across the global supply chain to create the new revision.

BMK is a globally active EMS company with a diverse customer base and international supply chain knowledge of future trends and requirements of the industry are vital when developing the IPC-600K standard. Through our material focused purchasing teams, we have developed strong knowhow not only in the commercial aspects of PCB and component supply but also the technical requirements and DFX opportunities (Design for Excellence). This is an important future looking step as a successful service provider across the entire lifecycle of a PCBA.

David Lee, Strategic Purchasing Manager for PCB at BMK

The new revision came into effect at the end of July and provides many updates, including Significant Changes to Section on Plated-Through Hole – Microvia Target Land Contact Dimension, Copper Wrap Plating, Copper Cap Plating, Plated Copper Filled Vias, Back-Drilled Holes.

We are proud of David Lee for his contribution in the newest version of the IPC-A-600K. His expertise plays an integral role in supply chain management at BMK.

Susanne Gujber, Head of Procurement at BMK

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About BMK
Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Augsburg, BMK is a leading electronics service provider for the complete life cycle of electronic assemblies. The service portfolio includes the development, manufacturing, and end-of-life management of electronic assemblies and finished units. The production area at BMK covers over 30,000 m² and more than 5,400 different electronic products are manufactured. More at: