Targeting Excellence in Cable and Wire Harness Manufacturing

IPC/WHMA-A-620, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies, now at Revision C published January 2017, is the industry consensus standard for cable and wire harness fabrication and installation. Theoretical training is provided and classes of products are defined and include criteria for Target, Acceptable, Process Indicator and Defect conditions to support the collection of visual quality acceptability requirements for each class. These criteria are supported by full-colour illustrations.

Revision C, developed by task group members from user and supplier companies, represents a consensus among industry leaders. The IPC Wire Harness Acceptability Task Group of the Product Assurance Committee and the Wire Harness Manufacturers’ Association Industry Technical Guidelines Committee prepared this standard.

IPC/WHMA-A-620 describes acceptability criteria for crimped, mechanically secured, and soldered interconnection and the corresponding lacing/restraining criteria associated with cable and harness assemblies.

An industry developed and approved program that includes training, certification, and instructional materials based on the IPC/WHMA-A-620C is available to your company.

Program Benefits

Certification demonstrates commitment to customer requirements and greatly facilitates certification to ISO Certification or other quality assurance initiatives.

By having earned this portable credential, you’ll receive immediate recognition, legitimacy and value throughout the electronics industry.

The IPC/WHMA-A-620 Application Specialist course is best suited to quality assurance personnel who are responsible for the quality and reliability of electronic assemblies including maintenance technicians, process engineers, inspection personnel, sales personnel and manufacturing staff as well as operators who assemble wire harnesses for companies in various industries such as the automotive, engineering, aeronautics and military related industries.

Successful candidates are awarded with internationally-recognized certificates.

Who should attend IPC/WHMA-A-620 training?

The IPC/WHMA-A-620 Training and Certification Program offers those interested in company-wide quality assurance initiatives an industry traceable, IPC-sponsored program to support their commitment to continuous improvement of product quality and reliability.

Course topics

Soldering, Printed Circuit boards, Circuits, Assemblies and other Through-hole and Surface-mount techniques and components, are arranged in the following modules:

Module 1 (Mandatory): General

Policies & Procedures, Cable and Wire Dimensions, Tolerances and Preparation, Tools & Equipment, Calibration and Statistical Process Controls, Wire Damage, Wire Stripping, Preparation, Wire Tinning, Testing of Cable/ Wire Harness Assemblies, etc.

Module 2 (Optional): Crimp Terminations and Insulation Displacement Connections

Stamped and Formed Contacts, Machined Contacts, Shrink Sleeving – Wire Support – Crimped Terminals.

Module 3 (Optional): Soldered Terminations

Cleanliness, Soldering Anomalies, Wire Insulation Clearance & Damage, Insulation Sleeving and Terminals.

Module 4 (Optional): Connectorization and Overmolding/Potting

Hardware Mounting, Strain Relief, Sleeving & Boots, Connector Damage, Installation of Sealing Plugs, Mold Fill, Blow Through, Flow Lines, etc.

Module 5 (Optional): Splice

Soldered Splices, Crimped Splices and Ultrasonic Weld Splices.

Module 6 (Optional): Marking/Labeling, Wire Bundle Securing, Shielding, Cable/Wire Harness Protective Coverings, Finished Assembly Installation

Permanency, Legibility and Functionality of Labels, shielding topics such as Shrink Tubing, Braided, Wire Loom Tubing, Tapes and Adhesives, Installation, Securing, Stress Relief and Wire Dress of Wire Bundle.

Module 7 (Optional): Coaxial/Biaxial Cables

Semi-rigid Coax, Swage-Type Connectors, Stripping and Damage.

Module 8 (Optional): Ultrasonic Welding and Solderless Wire Wrap

Insulation Clearance and Weld Nugget of Ultrasonic Welded Connections, Number of turns, Turn Spacing, Wire Slack, Wire Dress and Damage of Solderless Wire Wrap Connections.