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82 PCB007 MAGAZINE I JUNE 2020 are what I consider to be the most logical and efficient method. The process can be segmented into seven distinct subgroups or phases. The timeframe for each phase is listed as a range. The range depends on familiarity with MIL-PRF-31032, resources available, and ISO-9000 status. Al- so, note that the time ranges listed assume ISO-9000 registration has already been ob- tained. Certification entails implementing a quality management system (QMS) for MIL-PRF-31032, building and testing products that meet all the requirements, conducting a self-audit that vali- dates requirements, and verifying of all these actions by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) at your site. Step 1: Certification Initiation and Training In this first phase, your company must no- tify the DLA in Columbus, Ohio, of its intent to certify. Following that, an implementation team should be formed and trained. 7 Steps for MIL-PRF-31032 Certification Background My past columns have detailed how military electronics are being used in an ever-increas- ing application rate. Looking forward, this trend is likely to continue and will be further accelerated by space exploration and the Space Force. Space also promises new technologies, materials, and processes that might become a gamechanger for the industry. Rethinking the milaero market for the next decade might be worth considering. Further- more, a segment of this market is PWBs fabri- cated to MIL-PRF-31032. The key to accessing this market is certification to MIL-PRF-31032. This column will explain seven certification steps, resources, and timetables for consider- ation. Certification for MIL-PRF-31032 This is a summary of the basic steps to cer- tification. As you read these steps, please re- member that MIL-PRF-31032 does not spell out a step-by-step process. The steps outlined here From the Hill by Mike Hill, MIL-Q-CONSULTING LLC Rover power source. (Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/KSC/DOE)

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