Defence innovation and compliance driving the industry further

A country’s security depends not only on the strength of its armed forces but also on how secure and protected these forces and its products are.

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Action75 gathered the entire Danish defence industry for three spectacular days, celebrating Denmark’s 75 years in the NATO alliance. 

“I am truly honored and proud to have participated in this event. The breadth and diversity of exhibitors, content, and demonstrations were truly remarkable. Witnessing the industry’s evolution over 75 years highlights its complexity. The growing emphasis on security and compliance also signals a clear direction for the future. In today’s world, a country’s security depends not only on the strength of its armed forces but also on how secure and protected these forces are.”, says Sales Manager Denmark, Torben Hajslund. 

Confidee attended the late event in Denmark in mid-April, and as always, it’s a pleasure to experience the variety in the industry, the ongoing innovation and meet up with and discuss challenges within printed circuit production and supply chain protection with fellow industry partners and advocates. 

Printed circuits for the defence industry require stringent control of the supply chain to obtain compliance, adherence to applicable requirements and regulations. 

Do you have control of your defence PCB supply chain, then ask yourself these questions to be certain:

Do you know your customer?
Do you know the product, its usage and end destination?
Do you know the country of origin of all parts in the product?
Do you know who the sub to the sub-supplier is?
Do you know who can access your data?
Do you know that “what you order, is what you get”, and that the correct requirements are flown down to the correct level in the supply chain?
Do you have the correct documentation?
Do you and your PCB partner have adequate Compliance Programs to maintain control?
Is the supply chain traceable, with access control, according to specifications needed?
Do you comply to NIST 800-171?

Are you as compliant as you think, and is your system? 

Providing printed circuits to the defence industry require responsibility, transparency and traceability.Since Confidee was launched, we have talked about RegTech, how we use information technology to control and enhance regulatory and compliance processes. Because, compliance is more than just a signature on a paper or a certification in a drawer.

Regulatory Compliance: PCBs must meet specific regulatory standards depending on their application and the regions where they will be used. These regulations can include environmental laws such as the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) in Europe. 

Quality Assurance: Compliance with industry standards (like IPC standards for PCB manufacturing) ensures that the boards meet acceptable levels of quality and reliability. This is crucial for the performance and longevity of the PCBs in their respective applications, whether in consumer electronics, automotive, aerospace, or medical devices. 

Safety: Non-compliant PCBs can pose significant safety risks, including electrical failures, short circuits, and even fires. Compliance ensures that PCBs are manufactured to handle the environments and durability they are intended for. This can be a critical change in temperature in Space, or capacity of materials to withstand elevated temperatures within car engines. 

Product Reliability and Performance: Compliant PCBs are more likely to perform as expected, without causing unexpected downtime or failures. This reliability is particularly crucial in critical applications such as in medical devices or aerospace technology. 

Legal and Financial Consequences: Using non-compliant PCBs can lead to severe legal and financial consequences. If a product fails and is produced under false terms, in breach of compliance restrictions, and it’s found that non-compliant PCBs were used, the manufacturer could face lawsuits, hefty fines, and a tarnished reputation. 

Market Access: Compliance is often a prerequisite for market entry. Different countries have different compliance requirements, and meeting these is necessary to distribute and sell products internationally. 

Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility: Complying with environmental regulations reflects a company’s commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility. This can enhance brand reputation and consumer trust. 

At Confidee we empower compliance. As a PCB partner we monitor, report and deliver compliant PCBs in your supply chain. 

With our proprietarily developed IT system “ID” and trusted network of global manufacturing partners, we provide PCBs according to all requirements, industry standards and regulations. Feel free to reach out.

Defence innovation and compliance driving the industry further

Written by: Guro Krossen

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