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TS 16949
ISO 9000:2000
ISO 14001
AS 9100
ITAR
Minority PCB Manufacturer
ITAR Compliant PCB Manufacturing
Ensure Compliance with an ITAR Registered Circuit Board Manufacturer

Registrant Code:    M24495
Expiration Date:      04/30/2012

Know your risks when it comes to ITAR
Confusion when it comes to ITAR can lead to enormous penalties, especially when it pertains to the outsourcing of sensitive materials to unauthorized countries.
Click here for a copy of our ITAR Registration Letter

What is ITAR?
The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is a set of regulations that govern the export and re-export of certain controlled commodities, services, and, most importantly, technologies.

United States Munition List
In order to be controlled under ITAR as a defense article, a given component, subcomponent, part, assembly, subassembly, or integrated system must have been specifically designed, developed, configured, adapted, or modified for a military application controlled under the United States Munitions List.

EMS Companies
If you’re an EMS provider, ITAR is extremely important to your business as well as to your OEM customers. One of the biggest penalties can be a business shutdown while government investigates potential ITAR violations, which can often take months of inactivity while the government seizes computers, servers, and product.

Domestic electronic manufacturers  
ONLY DOING BUSINESS DOMESTICALLY?
For those PCB Assemblers or Contract Manufacturers who do no international business, there are still unexpected compliance risks such as foreign nationals working for you whom have access to work on technologically-sensitive projects.

Furthermore, you may think that you are receiving US-made product because you are buying from a domestically located supplier. However, many US-based PCB suppliers also have an offshore brokerage side that sources product from Asian sources and resells them domestically.

Intellectual Property Pertaining to PCB CAD/CAM
Domestic companies outsourcing their IT project management for their networks must alert that provider that they have Export Control Information. This is an intellectual property issue. This also applies to PCB Designers seeking CAD/CAM software support that may give access of their computer to the support desk that might be based in a foreign country. That’s an export and a licensable event.

Know Your Supply Chain
Come into Saturn anytime if you’d like to inspect your boards during production. If a company is not willing to make this offer, regardless of being ITAR registered, then they may potentially be producing your product elsewhere.

Keep sensitive materials developed domestically away from potential enemies
No matter the administration, International Traffic in Arms Regulation rules will not fundamentally change. Export controls are here to stay. A common misconception is that this is in response to 9/11. But ITAR is not enforced solely due to the threat of terrorism. ITAR is looking ahead. It is imperative that we keep sensitive military and space technology away from potential enemies.

ITAR Compliance Requires Commitment
Exporting critical technology requires dedication. Saturn Electronics Corporation has a proven track record of staying at the forefront of industry certifications critical to our customers. As the first PCB Manufacturer in North America to be TS16949 certified as well attaining AS9100 certification, Saturn is deeply committed to quality.

It's about national security
We realize that ITAR PCB manufacturing is more than simply following a set of government regulations. It’s not some hassle of red tape. It’s about National Security and setting up the internal systems to make sure we comply 100% of the time.

Saturn's ITAR PCB Manufacturing Regimen
As a result, we take ITAR’s purpose as well as its regimen seriously. ITAR PCB compliance requires commitment from the top. Staring with our CEO’s (who is also the head of Quality) rigid enforcement of ITAR PCB regulations and commitment to export compliancy, ITAR’s values have been instilled through constant communication throughout the entire company.

ITAR Printed Circuit Boards
The Printed Circuit Board falls under Item 14—Categoy II of the United States Munitions List .

ITEM 14 - CATEGORY II
Analog-to-digital converters, usable in the system in Item 1, having either of the following characteristics:
  • Designed to meet military specifications for ruggedized equipment (see § 121.1, Category XI(d)); or,
  • Designed or modified for military use (see § 121.1, Category XI(d)); and being one of the following types:
    • Analog-to-digital converter ‘‘microcircuits,’’ which are ‘‘radiation hardened’’ or have all of the following characteristics:
      • Having a resolution of 8 bits or more;
      • Rated for operation in the temperature range from below minus 54 degrees C to above plus 125 degrees C; and
      • Hermetically sealed.
    • Electrical input type analog-to-digital converter printed circuit boards or modules, with all of the following characteristics:
      • Having a resolution of 8 bits or more;
      • Rated for operation in the temperature range from below minus 45 degrees C to above plus 55 degrees C; and
      • Incorporated "microcircuits" listed in above

Further Reading on ITAR Compliance
ITAR links specific to not only PCB fabrication and electronic manufacturing but also broader ranging pieces focusing on documentation, etc.

ITAR—Making the Commitment to Excellence
By : Scott Grossman of Military & Aerospace Electronics

Managing Export-Controlled Data in The Cloud
By: Marsha McIntyre of Information Week

U.S. Must Fast-Track Policy on Rare Earth Materials
By : Nicolas Mokhoff of EE Times

Rare Earth Materials in the Defense Supply Chain
By : United States Government Accountability Office (GAO)