At MJS Designs, we continually update our knowledge to ensure you get the best service possible and your projects meet and exceed rigorous industry standards. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide of 10 certifications and qualifications we maintain to always deliver on our promises to you.
Company Wide Certifications and Qualifications
AS9100:2016 / AS9100D
The Society of Automotive Engineers introduced this standard in January 2009 and updated it in 2016 with the goal of dramatically increasing the on-time and on-quality delivery standards in the aerospace, defense, and space industries.
“AS9100 is the platform that standardizes quality management system requirements within the aerospace industry, provides the ideology for continuous improvement within the organization, and ultimately, helps us achieve or exceed customer satisfaction. This can only be surpassed by a culture of knowledge and integrity, which helps MJS build strong relationships with our customers.” -RJ Jones, Quality Manager
Organizations around the world can use this certification at all levels of the supply chain to improve quality, cost, and delivery performance.
This ISO certification is often considered the ‘Father of Certifications’ for its comprehensive requirements that seek to ensure that a firm meets its commitment to its customers and other stakeholders.
The International Organization for Standardization updated the 2008 standard in 2015. The 2015 version was reviewed and confirmed in 2021, remaining the industry’s current version for this certification. MJS Designs’ practices adhere to this updated standard.
International Traffic in Arms Regulations
All manufacturers, exporters, and brokers of defense articles related technical data and defense services as defined on the United States Munitions List are required to register with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC).
“ITAR requires that companies involved in ITAR-controlled activities adopt an ITAR compliance program. Our compliance program demonstrates to primes and government agencies that our company has a formal process for managing ITAR-controlled technical data and physical materials. The importance of this compliance is to ensure national security of the United States and its allies. Export controls serve an important role as the first line of defense against foreign aggressors. The goal is achieved through employee awareness, knowledgeable application processing, careful record keeping, and routine auditing.” -Kirk Collins, Human Resources Manager
While ITAR registration is required by any company working in defense services, ITAR alone does not assure quality. Quality is assured through the ISO certifications.
GIDEP (Government-Industry Data Exchange Program)
GIDEP is a cooperative activity between government and industry participants seeking to reduce or eliminate expenditures of resources by sharing technical information. Through the sharing of data between government and industry, GIDEP reports that over $2.1 billion in the prevention of unplanned expenditures has been reported.
ANSI / ESD S.20.20-2014
This standard addresses the protection of electrical or electronic devices, whether for the civilian or military purpose. In short, this is the standard used to control electro-static charges in manufacturing. This standard is applied not only to the actual manufacturing plant but to many of the products used within the manufacturing facility, such as smocks and floor paint.
“This is more important for product reliability. Besides causing immediate failures, electro-static discharge can cause latent damage where something works now but could fail unexpectedly in the future. When sending circuit boards to Mars for example, latent ESD damage is unacceptable. Protecting assemblies here is vital. Having a standard such as ANSI/ESD S.20.20-2014 provides a clear guide of what is expected and how to achieve that objective.” -David Robbins, Test Technician
Within the past year, ANSI has released a new certification revision, ANSI/ESD S.20.20-2021. MJS Designs will be certified to this new standard by Q4 2022.
MJS Designs Staff Credentials
Individuals within MJS Designs are credentialed in addition to our corporate certifications and qualifications. Here are the certifications that our staff maintains:
IPC-A-610G is a collection of visual quality and acceptability requirements for soldered electrical and electronic assemblies. It is the most widely used electronics assembly standard in the world.
The updated version of IPC-A-610G includes post assembly examinations for mechanical and soldering criteria.
Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies
The J-STD-001 standard lists requirements, methods and verification criteria for the manufacture of electrical and electronic assemblies and must be followed when building a product.
Requirements and Acceptance of Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies
IPC/WHMA-A-620 describes acceptability criteria for crimped, mechanically secured and soldered interconnection and the corresponding lacing/restraining criteria associated with cable and harness assemblies.
CID+ (Certified Interconnect Designer)
CID+ is a professional credential recognized throughout the electronics industry that builds a foundation in design decision-making and practical application of IPC standards. This certification comes from the IPC Council for experienced PCB design professionals and CID+ is the advanced level certification.
Counterfeit Component Detection and Prevention
The PRO-STD-001 certification course and test are designed to train and educate the Military, DoD, OEM, Medical and EMS sectors in the detection and mitigation of fraudulent or counterfeit components upon their receipt from suspect sources.
“This is a certification course taken every two years to examine the current trends and methods in counterfeiting and how to spot a fake component. The work we do is critical and we need to be able to recognize a potential counterfeit component to ensure this does not make it into a project that could cause harm or hardship. Latent failures due to counterfeit components have cost lives due to mechanical failure.” -Deborah Osenbau, Inventory Manager
MJS Designs has over 45 years of experience, a reputation for quality work, and our team has in-depth knowledge of the latest industry standards and government regulations. Contact us with questions about our credentials or the scope of solutions we offer to bring your project to life. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our contact page for more information.