Smith Quality Managers and Engineers Earn IPC-A-610 and IPC J-STD-001 Certifications

HOUSTON, TEXAS – (February 1, 2011) Smith & Associates, a global leader in electronics distribution, recently announced that its US based quality managers and engineers have achieved IPC-A-610 and IPC J-STD-001 certification. With these certifications, Smith is making yet another step forward in its ongoing efforts toward consistent quality control through continued training and development.

"The IPC-A-610  training program was extremely beneficial because it provides an understanding of accept/reject criteria for the manufacturing of electrical and electronic assemblies. It encompasses a range of topics that are critical in our industry including hardware installation, soldering, surface mounting for chip components,  and  jumper wire assembly requirements," said Chris Dang, Quality Manager.

The J-STD-001 certification program includes topics such as safety, tools and ESD, wire and terminal assembly, through hole technology,  surface mount technology, solder requirements, test methods, standards and statistical process control.

"The J-STD-001 training covered issues that are imperative to ensuring the highest level quality products. The program examined how process control methodology can be used to ensure consistent quality levels during the manufacturing process," said Mike McCalley, Quality Engineer.

Smith is now planning for a second wave of IPC-A-610 and IPC J-STD-001 certifications to include its quality managers and engineers in its Amsterdam and Hong Kong shipping and logistics hubs.

"Smith strives to stay on the forefront of industry knowledge. We have long been committed to the IDEA-ICE-3000 inspector certification program, and as part of our new quality initiative, SmithSecure,  we are pushing beyond much of our competition to encourage our engineers and quality managers to gain IPC-A-610 and IPC J-STD-001 certifications as well," said Kirk Wehby Vice President of Global Operations.

in 1984, Smith & Associates (http://www.smithweb.com) is a leader in the independent distribution of semiconductors and electronic components to electronics and high-tech manufacturers. Smith offers shortage sourcing for commodity and obsolete parts, innovative purchasing and inventory management solutions, redistribution of excess inventory, and component stocking for warranty and repair programs.

A privately held company, Smith & Associates employs more than 300 people worldwide, with annual revenue in excess of US$400 million. Smith's regional hubs in Houston, Hong Kong and Amsterdam are ISO certified and IDEA-1010-A compliant. In addition, sales and purchasing offices are located in Silicon Valley, Barcelona, Guadalajara, New York, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Seoul. For more information or to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call: 1.800.HOUSTON or +1 713.430.3000.

For more information, contact:

Mark Bollinger

Smith & Associates

V.P. of Marketing +1 713.430.3000

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