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Microtek Laboratories China has completed the first qualification test program for IPC-4101D Validation Services. The Qualification Testing for IPC-4101 Validation Services must be conducted at an IPC-approved independent test lab. The products tested were the first copper-clad laminate materials worldwide to be QPL-certified under the IPC Validation services. The testing protocol followed the requirements of IPC-4101D for qualification:
3.4 Qualification Testing: Laminate and prepreg base materials furnished under this specification shall be qualified as described in Table 3-1 for laminates and Table 3-2 for prepregs. The supplier shall retain on file, supporting data that the materials meet the requirements of this specification using the test methods described herein. Qualification testing shall be performed to demonstrate the supplier’s ability to meet all of the requirements of each applicable specification sheet for each base material.
The 23 qualification tests for each base material included performance characteristics such as peel strength after various conditioning steps, electrical performance, Dk / Df, physical properties, dimensional stability, moisture absorption, chemical resistance, flammability, Z-axis expansion, T260, T288, T300, glass transition temperature (Tg) and decomposition temperature (Td). The minimum performance requirements were based on the IPC-4101D specification sheets 102, 126 and 130.
According to Doug Sober, Director of International Sales & Marketing, "This is the first of many qualification projects for IPC-4101 as high-end, base material suppliers try to separate their products from the rest of the commodity producers."
About Microtek Laboratories China
Microtek Laboratories China is a leading third-party testing agency, serving electronic and polymeric material manufacturing industry world-wide. It is operated in accordance with the ISO/IEC17025: 2005 management system, accredited by CNAS and CMA, and capable of issuing internationally recognized test and analysis reports. The lab is a certificated UL-EA lab* for PCB/CCL/ink products in China and is a CQC licensed lab for "Non-metal materials" including printed circuit boards (PCB), copper-clad laminates (CCL) and plastics. We are also the product service center for CPCA, an authorized training center for IPC-6012, IPC-A-610 and IPC-A-600, as well as a IPC Validation Services Certified Test Laboratory for IPC-6012C and IPC-4101D. In addition, Microtek Laboratories China has the capability of temperature and humidity calibration as recognized by CNAS. For more information, contact DougSober@TheTestLab.cn.