Birns, Inc., an ISO 9001:2008-certified global leader in the design and manufacturing of high performance connectors, penetrators, custom cable assemblies and lights for deep ocean, marine, military and nuclear power markets, is proud to announce the two newest levels of advanced certification of its team of expert electrical technicians, assembly and inspection personnel. The entire team recently achieved new J-STD-001 Class 3 and WHMA-A-620-A Class 3 certification to add to the company's impressive list of rigorous industry qualifications
"We're proud to certify the entire Birns production and inspection team to these exacting standards, as part of our ongoing commitment to leading the industry with high performance products relied upon in the world's harshest environments," says Steve Hollinger, Quality Assurance Manager for Birns. "From man-rated penetrators to lights, custom cable assemblies and connector products trusted in demanding military, subsea and nuclear power applications, this certification is yet another method to ensure our customers a seamless way to integrate Birns' products into their plans with the highest levels of safety and reliability."
The J-STD-001 Class 3 is a standard prescribing practices and requirements for the manufacture of soldered electrical and electronic assemblies, and among the upper echelon of soldering certification in the marine market and for the DoD (Department of Defense). This standard is requisite for the highest level of reliability in manufacturing processes for those with assembly, testing and inspection functions responsible for ensuring the quality of all electronic and electrical assemblies, according to the IPC (the Association Connecting Electronics Industries-formerly known as the Institute for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits.) A global organization focused on standardizing the assembly and production requirements of electronic equipment and assemblies, the IPC specifies that the Class 3 designation pertains to high performance electronic products, for which equipment downtime cannot be tolerated, end use environment is uncommonly harsh, and for life support and other critical systems.
The WHMA-A-620-A Class 3 is focused on requirement and acceptance specifically for cable and wire harness assemblies. It is a collection of electrical, visual and mechanical quality acceptability requirements prepared by the Industry Technical Guidelines Committee of the Wire Harness Manufacturers Association and the Product Assurance Committee of IPC. This certification also specifies products where continued performance and extended life is critical in extremely harsh environments and applications.