Quality System Certifications
PCB Quality Systems are certified to the requirements of the following International Standards (available for download on this web page):
- ISO17025 and ANSI-Z-540-1: Requirements for Competence of Testing & Calibration Laboratories,
- EN13980 & Directive 94/9/EC: Quality Systems for Potentially Explosive Atmospheres
These standards strive for process consistency and provide a means for continuous improvement while covering the entire product cycle, which includes contracting, product design control, manufacturing process control and inspection and test. In-house calibration of PCB sensors is conducted with full traceability to National and International Institutes of Standards and Technology (N.I.S.T., P.T.B). In addition, a complete listing of A2LA accredited calibration services is documented on PCB’s “Scope of Calibration” document(s).
What are standards and how are they beneficial? Standards are documented agreements containing technical specifications or other criteria that are to be used consistently in an effort to ensure materials, products, processes or services are fit for their purpose. For example, the format of credit cards and phone cards was derived from an ISO International Standard. Adhering to this standard, which defines such features as such as the optimal thickness, means that the cards can be accepted worldwide. These and similar standards increase the reliability and effectiveness of the goods and services we use. Users typically have more confidence in products and services that conform to international standards. The aim is to facilitate trade, exchange and technology transfer through:
- enhanced product quality and reliability at a reasonable price,
- improved health, safety and environmental protection,
- greater compatibility and interoperability of goods and services,
- simplification for improved usability,
- increased distribution efficiency, and ease of maintenance.
Assurance of quality system conformity is provided by certifying bodies and through our internal auditing system. In addition, our system remains compliant with obsolete or superseded standards such as: ISO 10012-1 (former MIL-STD-45662A), Guide 25, MIL-Q-9858 and MIL-I-45208. PCB is also compliant to nuclear power plant specification 10CFR50 Appendix B. If you require compliance to a product or application specific standard (such as RoHS, European CE Marking, or US test requirement MIL-STD-740-2) which was not mentioned, please contact the factory for additional information.