March 13, 2018 — IPC’s Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC-4101 Qualified Products Listing (QPL) to Arlon Electronic Materials Division, an electronics material manufacturing company headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Arlon completed an intensive two-day audit where their manufacturing practices, test methods and IPC-4101 conformance requirements were reviewed to meet IPC Validation Services QPL requirements. Arlon produces and sells military-grade, copper-clad laminates, prepregs and packaging substrates to the global electronics industry. Arlon successfully qualified their product 85N to slash sheets 40 and 41 of IPC-4101E, Specification for Base Materials for Rigid and Multilayer Printed Boards. Arlon successfully qualified their product 38N meeting the requirements of slash sheet 42.
Arlon met or exceeded IPC’s Validation Services QPL requirements for producing base materials used by printed circuit board manufacturers in the military electronics industry. The company is now listed as an IPC-4101E trusted source capable of manufacturing in accordance with industry best practices for IPC slash sheets 40, 41 and 42. These are all the polyimide-based slash sheets covered in IPC-4101E. Arlon and other trusted sources of suppliers can be found on IPC’s QML/QPL (Qualified Product Listing) database at www.ipcvalidation.org.
Brad Foster, Arlon’s president, stated, “IPC’s offering of validation services to the industry is an important first step to informing OEMs and fabricators which materials IPC has qualified. Because of Arlon’s long-standing history of supplying tried and proven products into military, avionic and space applications, we felt it was important for us to meet IPC’s QPL requirements for IPC-4101E on slash sheets 40, 41 and 42. Arlon is the only laminator to date to gain IPC’s QPL recognition with all three polyimide slash sheets. Meeting IPC’s QPL requirements reaffirms to our customers that they can trust in the products they purchase from Arlon.”
IPC’s Validations Services QPL/QML Program was developed to promote supply chain verification. It also provides auditing and certification of electronics companies’ products and identifies processes which conform to IPC standards.
“Arlon has differentiated itself from the competition in the polyimide market by becoming part of IPC’s global network of trusted industry sources,” said Randy Cherry, IPC director of Validation Services. “We are pleased to recognize Arlon for being the first U.S. facility as a trusted supplier conforming to IPC-1401E as well as covering all three polyimide specification sheets.”