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IPC's Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC-1791, Trusted Electronics Fabricator Requirements Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to a Summit Interconnect printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing facility located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This is the first non-U.S. based facility to achieve the IPC-1791 QML.
Following initial audits by IPC, the Toronto facility passed stringent Type 2 fabricator requirements, helping to optimize product quality, reliability, and consistency across the entire manufacturing operations, earning a spot-on IPC’s global network of rigorously vetted, trusted sources. The Toronto facility joins three other Summit Interconnect facilities (Orange, Anaheim, and Santa Clara, Calif.) which were awarded the IPC-1791 QML in October 2021.
Requirements for certification and QML listing to IPC-1791 includes product and quality system, supply chain risk management system (SCRM), security system including compliance to NIST SP 800-171, Export Control Laws (ITAR and EAR), and a chain of custody system (ChoC) review.
Shane Whiteside, president and CEO of Summit Interconnect commented, “Summit Toronto is the first non-U.S. based PCB manufacturer to receive IPC-1791 certification. This trusted fabricator certification augments our existing AS9100 certification, NADCAP accreditation, DD2345 Joint Certification Program status, and ITAR 126.5 compliance in Toronto. Summit is committed to secure printed circuit board manufacturing to support the increasing needs of our U.S. and allied military customers. These certifications coupled with the capabilities and capacity available in Toronto underscore our commitment to being the trusted PCB supplier of choice for military systems and platforms.”
IPC's Validation Services QPL/QML Program was developed to promote supply chain verification and recognition. It also provides auditing and qualification of electronics companies' products and identifies processes which conform to IPC standards. The IPC-1791 QML verifies security systems and recognizes companies for either trusted electronic designer, fabricator, or assembler ensuring a high level of integrity.
"IPC's Validation Services Audit Programs uniquely provide technical and in-depth assessments of products and processes in accordance with IPC standards," said Randy Cherry, IPC director of Validation Services. "We are pleased to especially recognize Summit Interconnect Toronto, Ontario on becoming members of IPC's network of trusted QML suppliers."