Certification demonstrates commitment to quality workmanship for cable and wire harnesses. The IPC/WHMA-A-620 is a universally recognized workmanship standard within the wire harness industry that has created an understanding between manufacturers and OEMs.
“The Worldwide Cable and Harness Market in 2015 generated $134 billion in Sales Revenue with a predicted growth of 1.7% by 2016.”*
With the cable and harness industry continuing to grow, OEMs are not just looking for basic material/component suppliers, they are searching for “Solution Providers“.
As a “Solutions Provider”, they are looking for, and increasingly demanding, expertise on:
- Wire and cable
- HLA – high level assemblies
- Project management
And most importantly, Certification on Industry Standards – such as the “IPC/WHMA-A-620”.
There are many uses of the IPC/WHMA-A-620 workmanship standard:
- Workmanship standard for operators – standardization of visual criteria for acceptable process quality
- Quality management systems – ISO and regulatory requirements
- Achieve operational excellence – quality and productivity: used to monitor internal quality PPM goal; and, used to identify continuous improvement opportunities
- As a marketing tool
So, to summarize, the TRUE value of the IPC/WHMA-A-620 standard is:
- Internationally accepted workmanship standard – the materials are now published in 12 languages
- It’s “world class training and certification” is recognized by ISO and customer audits
- Employee involvement and pride in workmanship
- Creates a common language between OEMs and wire harness manufacturers
- Customer satisfaction – confidence in supplier quality and quality systems
- Compliance to ISO and regulatory requirements – ability to prove process and personnel effectiveness
- Being certified to an industry standard boosts credibility
“By having earned this valuable credential, you’ll receive immediate recognition, legitimacy and value throughout the industry.”
“A-620 as a marketing tool. The three most important things to any OEM customer are quality, delivery and price. With tools such as the A-620 standard to enhance quality, harness shop owners will also influence delivery and cost.” Assembly Magazine