IPC’s Validation Services Program has awarded its first IPC-1071 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to Colonial Circuits Inc., a full-service printed board manufacturer in Fredericksburg, Va. The facility underwent an intensive audit based on IPC-1071, Best Industry Practices for Intellectual Property Protection in Printed Board Manufacturing.
Developed as a high-level roadmap to best industry practices for printed board manufacturers, the intellectual property (IP) standard covers physical and information security, employee data access, computer networks, supply chain management, destruction of scrap material and other important issues. Under the QML certification program, Colonial Circuits met the requirements for Level 3 status, an advanced level for military, government and commercial IP and is now listed as an IPC-trusted source. Colonial Circuits and other trusted sources of supply can be found on IPC’s QML database at www.ipcvalidation.org.
“Colonial Circuits has always been committed to protecting the intellectual property of our customers. This certification from IPC serves as evidence of our commitment and assures future strategic partners, that today, Colonial is a proven and trusted supply source that deserves consideration as a trusted partner,” said Mark Osborn, Colonial Circuits president.
Randy Cherry, IPC director of Validation Services, explains “Colonial Circuits has demonstrated its ability to comply with the industry’s accepted best practices for safeguarding intellectual property from theft and counterfeiting. We are pleased to recognize Colonial Circuits as the first company to earn a QML to IPC-1071.”