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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.

Who’s the best of the best in hand soldering 2017?

IPC Hand Soldering Competition Hall 4, Booth 400 This contest recognizes the best skills in hand soldering complex printed board assemblies. Hand soldering of high density printed boards demands highly skilled operators to ensure a zero-defect soldering process. Who is the best of the best? If you think you have what it takes to be a champion of hand soldering, then bring your skills to the IPC Hand Soldering Competition at SMT Hybrid Packaging 2017! The competition will [...]

By | 20 March 2017|IPC News, PIEK News|

IPC Hand Soldering Competition Takes on the Electronic World

By Lars Wallin, IPC European Representative During an electronic engineering managers brainstorming meeting in Sweden 2008, one of the local managers came up with the idea of organizing a “Swedish Championship for Hand Soldering” competition. The first competition took place at the local SEE (Swedish Electronic Event) in the spring of 2010 with 25 competitors vying to become the Swedish Hand Soldering Champion. To be able to have an impartial contest a special printed circuit board was developed [...]

By | 15 March 2017|IPC News|

The New EU Skills Agenda

Attracting and retaining a skilled workforce has become an increasingly important factor of competitiveness in a globalised market place. Recruiting the necessary talent is a fundamental concern for the advanced manufacturing industry in Europe, which consists of more than 700,000 enterprises and employs more than 13 million people. Addressing the Skills Gap Facing the European Advanced Manufacturing Industry IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries, is a global industry association representing all facets of the electronics industry supply chain [...]

By | 19 February 2017|IPC News|

IPC New Release: IPC-2581B-WAM1 – Generic Requirements for Printed Board Assembly Products Manufacturing Description Data and Transfer Methodology

The IPC-2581B-WAM1 standard specifies the XML schema that represents the intelligent data file format used to describe printed board and printed board assembly products with details sufficient for tooling, manufacturing, assembly, and inspection requirements. This format may be used for transmitting information between a printed board designer and a manufacturing or assembly facility. The data is most useful when the manufacturing cycle includes computer-aided processes and numerical control machines. The B1 revision brings the document into agreement with [...]

By | 14 February 2017|IPC New Release|

IPC New Release: IPC-7711/21C Rework, Modification and Repair of Electronic Assemblies ( IPC-7711C/7721C )

The IPC-7711/21C guide provides procedures for rework, repair and modification of printed board assemblies. Included in this revision are the procedures previously released as change pages, an updated general information and common procedures section, new procedures for BGAs using focused IR Reflow Systems with integral preheater and general updates to all other procedures. Color illustrations are included in many procedures. Number of pages 396. Released January 2017. IPC-7711C/7721C Rework, Modification and Repair of Electronic Assemblies Scope This document [...]

By | 8 February 2017|IPC New Release|

Trains of the future

Trains as we know them today will not be around in the future. Rail travel and transport will be of a totally different kind. Artificial intelligence and big data will make them tailor-made work. By using big data the traveller’s ticket will signal to the train where it will be going and where it will automatically be stopping. Train and rails maintenance cannot do without big data and artificial intelligence either. Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) allows employees to [...]

By | 8 February 2017|PIEK News|

IPC New Release: IPC/WHMA-A-620C Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies

The IPC/WHMA-A-620C is the latest revision of the only industry-consensus standard for Requirements and Acceptance of Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies, and it includes new sections for safety wiring, safety cable, grommets, and raceways along with updated information across many of the sections. With over 700 photographs and illustrations, this standard describes materials, methods, tests and acceptance criteria for producing crimped, mechanically secured and soldered interconnections and the related assembly activities associated with cable and harness assemblies. IPC/WHMA-A-620C [...]

By | 7 February 2017|IPC New Release|

IPC Essentials (online) courses also offered regionally

Are you MIT or CIT certified? As from 1 February 2017 IPC requires you to have an extra IPC certification before starting exam assessment work. You need to have IPC Essentials certification. Without it you are NOT authorised to provide any certifications or recertifications. As an extra customer-friendly service PIEK provides regional support with IPC Essentials certification. To PIEK this service is important, as we want all MIT and CIT certified staff to keep awarding certifications and recertifications [...]

By | 30 January 2017|IPC News|

IPC Essentials

We would like to update you on the latest changes concerning IPC Essentials. If you have done an exam for your CIT or MIT certificate in Spanish, German, French or Chinese, you have to know that new regulations now apply. The IPC Essentials course (online training) will be translated into these languages, so that you can attend this mandatory IPC Essentials course in your certified language. The translations into these languages are expected to be available by early [...]

By | 26 January 2017|IPC News|

Ultimate responsibility and damage claims

Damage claims are the stuff of nightmares for producers. They not only entail financial losses, but, even more importantly, they tarnish a producer’s good reputation. This naturally explains the recall actions seen worldwide, especially in the automotive industry but increasingly also in other consumer goods industries. A generic cause of recall actions cannot be pinpointed, though it is clear that partners in a supply chain do not always adapt their processes and procedures to the agreed standards. Quality is [...]

By | 24 January 2017|PIEK News|