Axiom gains BSI Kitemark for lead free assembly - Embedded.com

Axiom gains BSI Kitemark for lead free assembly

LONDON — Newbridge based Axiom Manufacturing Services says it is the first contract electronics manufacturer in the UK to earn a BSI Kitemark for Electronics Assembly, which includes the ability to manufacture using a lead-free process. It has gained a Kitemark for IPC-A-610 with lead-free capability.

The lead free element to the printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing Kitemark is the latest to be introduced to the electronics sector by BSI. It is an added element to the unpopulated PCB and electronic component manufacturing certification which was first established thirty years ago.

Before being allowed to use the Kitemark Axiom was put through a series of rigorous inspection audits carried out by BSI staff with PCB manufacturing experience. The company will continue undergo regular inspections and an ongoing assessment to make sure the standard is maintained.

Anne Boyd, managing director of BSI, said, “The audit of Axiom’s procedures has revealed an aggressive approach to IPC-A-610C compliance. Soon this Kitemark will be essential for every company operating in the electronics sector so Axiom has achieved an advantage over many of its competitors by being the first.”

Axiom is already accredited to TS16949, which incorporates QS9000 and ISO9000, and the IPC-A-610C worker proficiency standard.

Workers at the Axiom facility were recently chosen to deliver training to local schoolchildren about industry’s responsibility to the environment and how the company helps to protect local wildlife.

The company was also named the Champion of Champions at the Green Apple Awards and will represent the UK in the Pan-European competition’s final.

Shaun Ashmead, managing director of Axiom with Anne Boyd, managing director of BSI.

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