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Learn about what is going on in the electronics manufacturing industry, IPC news, new IPC releases, photos during training courses and industry events.

Drones in nature: friend or foe?

An earlier article was devoted to the influence of drones on agriculture and their use in crime fighting. In this article, we will be looking at what the impact is of drones on nature. We will see why drones are used, we will describe some examples of drones giving scientists a better insight into wild life, and finally we will briefly review the role of drones in anti-poaching operations. Why drones? Before there were drones, scientists used small [...]

By |2018-11-07T08:21:38+00:007 November 2018|PIEK News|

IPC Day 2018 “Understanding Failures for Improved Reliability”

Dear Madam, Sir,We are pleased to invite you to attend 2018 IPC Day on “Understanding Failures for Improved Reliability”, which will be held in ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands on Thursday 6 December 2018.ThematicPresented by Mr. Bhanu Sood, Commodity Risk Assessment Engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, this IPC Day will present and discuss a wide range of failure mechanisms that impact the functionality of PCBs under varied stress conditions. Bhanu will tell you how these mechanisms can be [...]

By |2018-11-19T11:16:36+00:0031 October 2018|IPC News|

New IPC Edge Certification Portal 2.0

IPC NEWS: New IPC Edge Certification Portal 2.0 New IPC Edge Essentials mandatory for each student (CIS, CIT and MIT) New IPC Policies & Procedures version 6.1 New IPC Edge Certification Portal 2.0: In August 2018 IPC drastically changed its online registration system (CQI Portal). The new IPC Edge Certification Portal 2.0 helps the trainer to register participants. The new Portal 2.0 is faster, more effective, easier and clearer in use. Advantage: The certificates are now sent directly [...]

By |2018-10-22T13:55:48+00:0022 October 2018|PIEK News|

Digital health care

Health care is becoming more and more digital because of the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). This leads to numerous advantages for both patients and health care providers. Even those who do not need direct medical assistance but just preventive health care can benefit. During the Las Vegas CES (Customer Electronics Show) many new innovative products were showcased: contact-free fertility sensors, a headset used for losing weight, allergen detectors, etc., etc. If [...]

By |2018-10-10T15:28:20+00:0010 October 2018|PIEK News|

How to remove a solder bridge

In the picture, you see a gull wing component with according to the IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 a solder bridge. A solder bridge is a defect for all the product classes. Most used method to resolve this defect is with a desoldering iron. This is not the correct way to do it because of the risks of damaging the component or PCB itself. There are more methods to solve this problem. See IPC-7711/7721 rework & repair and modification [...]

By |2018-09-26T08:22:27+00:0025 September 2018|PIEK News|

Choosing for PIEK is choosing for a top-quality partner

Why is it that you have chosen for PIEK? This is what we always ask our new customers. It is also what we asked a member of the Management Board of a leading medical company. ‘Quality is a top priority in our sector. We supply equipment for operation theatres, and we cannot afford even once delivering a product that does not meet the agreed quality criteria 100%. Human lives depend on our equipment. That is why we only [...]

By |2018-09-19T10:23:34+00:0018 September 2018|PIEK News|

Training Calendar 2019

PIEK is going to make things easier for you. PIEK is continually extending its services because the demand for high-quality courses keeps on growing. On top of this, the standards in the electronic interconnect industry are adjusted to new insights and methodologies very frequently. Any adjustment of a standard is immediately translated into an adjusted training course. However, the adjustments do not only relate to contents. Because PIEK is the only IPC educational institute in Europe that is [...]

By |2018-09-28T08:19:10+00:0018 September 2018|PIEK News|

Guest post: How to Choose and Maintain Your Own Hand Soldering Iron

Last year, Piek showed the basics of hand soldering, and today we're taking things to a more fundamental level. We'll be talking about the right tools you’re going to need and how to choose them, as well as the proper care and maintenance. Choosing a soldering iron Before purchasing your first soldering iron, you need to consider the type of iron, temperature, and wattage. The type of iron and temperature you’ll need are dictated by your project. The soldering pencil [...]

By |2018-09-28T08:22:00+00:0014 September 2018|Guest Posts|

Fake news

Every day we hear about fake news in the papers, on radio and on television. On social media we get bombarded with fake news, and we also read posts about it there. How can ordinary consumers like us tell the difference between real news and fake news? We have to, because fake news is a high-impact business. Just consider the American elections, in which fake news played a prominent role. Fake news, also known as alternative facts, has [...]

By |2018-09-04T15:14:13+00:004 September 2018|PIEK News|