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Know Your Risks

Confusion when it comes to ITAR can lead to enormous penalties, especially when it pertains to the outsourcing of sensitive materials to unauthorized countries.

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 Providers
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 Assembly
For those PCBA 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 sourcing product from Asia for domestic distribution.

CAD /CAM Intellectual Property
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 PCBDesigners 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.

ITAR PCB Fabricator
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. We realize that ITAR PCB manufacturing is more than simply following a set of government regulations.


ITAR Printed Circuit Boards
The Printed Circuit Board falls under Item 14—Category 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 beingone 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;  f
      • Incorporated “microcircuits” listed in above

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About Saturn Electronics Corporation
Saturn Electronics Corporation is a Top 10 domestic printed circuit board fabricator providing advanced technologies for prototype and production while maintaining the highest quality standards with ISO 9001, ISO 14000, TS16949, AS9100, ITAR and UL certifications.