ITAR Kept Tight
NexLogic is ITAR certified for PCB layout, fabrication, and assembly and has been since 2000. ITAR stands for the International Traffic In Arms Regulations, which are U. S. State Department controls regulating the U. S. defense industry. In short, ITAR sets up the critical assurances that U. S. technology used for defense and mil/aero applications is not compromised, jeopardized, sabotaged, or even reverse engineered outside the U. S. by unfriendly or enemy forces to the U. S.
We identify and tag NexLogic personnel who are assigned to ITAR projects. They are U. S. citizens representing our various departments including sales, operations, program managers, manufacturing, and design. Also, at NexLogic, ITAR projects have separate inventory control, separate security levels and with distinct monitoring procedures in place.
In some cases, ITAR projects are bound by traceability. At NexLogic, when ITAR PCB projects are assigned, we keep records for five years; in other cases, up to seven years – not only for the components used, but also traceability of date and lot codes.
That’s only a portion of the overall infrastructure we’ve tailored to comply with all ITAR requirements.
For instance, as part of our ITAR work for our mil/aero customers, we qualify U. S. board fabrication suppliers. We also follow ITAR rules and regulations to the hilt by segregating physical areas containing customer ITAR projects and putting them under lock and key, as shown in Fig. 1. Additionally, we constantly perform video monitoring of those areas as well as record videos during and after hours, including weekends.