Blog – Latest Updates about the electronics industry, IPC and PIEK

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

Nanotechnology, the new weapon against cancer cells

Worldwide 47.5 million people die annually of a top-five cause of death. With 9.5 million annual deaths cancer ranks third, and the toll it takes is going up. Research is working hard to reverse this trend, and nanotechnology may be very helpful. This article will share a number of developments in this field. Innovations in the field of nanotechnology indicate that it can impede and even completely destroy cancer cells. It is still early days, but the current [...]

By |2019-11-12T11:59:02+01:0012 November 2019|PIEK News|

No extensions for IPC certifications

IPC has changed its terms and conditions. As from 1 January 2020 it will no longer be possible to get a temporary extension of your IPC certification. Re-certification can be done up to six months before the certification expires. Example: Suppose that your certification expires on 14 September 2020. You can already participate in a re-certification course as from 14 March 2020, while still retaining the original date of your certification. When you do your re-certification on e.g. [...]

By |2019-11-01T10:55:28+01:0023 October 2019|PIEK News|

Training calendar 2020

For 2020 PIEK has greatly extended its training calendar. This means that you now have a wider choice of training courses where you can send your employees to follow a training course. Apart from this, PIEK still offers to come to you to give a course. More and more customers appreciate the possibility of these in-company courses. The 2020 PIEK training calendar is now ready and includes all IPC and all PIEK training courses: The only IPC [...]

By |2019-11-07T15:22:12+01:0023 October 2019|PIEK News|

Productronica 2019

This year too PIEK is present at the Munich Productronica fair, together with IPC. This world famous fair is taking place from 12-15 November 2019. This year the fair will again be overflowing with innovations, and experts in all sorts of fields will exchange ideas all the time. Themes like the electronics of the future, trends in various industries, growth markets, investment opportunities, etc. will be discussed throughout the fair. Topics to be discussed during the fair will [...]

By |2019-11-07T15:36:39+01:0014 October 2019|PIEK News|

Defence makes regular use of PIEK´s expertise

PIEK regularly hosts defence staff from all over the world taking an IPC certification course. Air force, navy and land force staffers are always welcome guests at PIEK. Recently a number of staff members of the Pakistani navy were active in the IPC-7711/7721 CIS certification course at PIEK’s Heerlen head office. PEK spoke to two of them. The first interviewee, Ejaz, is responsible for a number of laboratories where PCBs are repaired. The second, Waqas, has been repairing [...]

By |2019-09-05T09:00:25+01:005 September 2019|PIEK News|

PIEK visit to FIR in Aachen

Ben Walls, PIEK´s Managing Director, attended a presentation by FIR Managing Director Ralf Bigge. FIR is a non-profit, multidisciplinary research and development institute at the RWTH Aachen University in the field of corporate organisations, information logistics and corporate IT. Its aim is to lay the organisational foundation for the digitally integrated industry of the future. By researching innovative solutions and providing them to companies, FIR contributes to enhancing the competitive powers of companies. FIR has the right infrastructure [...]

By |2019-08-28T09:00:47+01:0028 August 2019|PIEK News|

IPC-7711C/7721C Rework, Modification and Repair of Electronic Assemblies

With the previous version, the B-revision of IPC-7711/7721 Rework, Modification and Repair of Electronic Assemblies, being published in 2007, one could argue that an update was long overdue. It was therefore very good that in January 2017 we saw the publication of the C-Revision of this very popular document. More practical work you cannot get in an IPC certification course. The focus in this training programme is on hands-on work, with theory being reduced to the bare minimum [...]

By |2019-07-22T10:38:53+01:0026 July 2019|PIEK News|

IPC-J-STD-001G, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies

In October 2017 we saw the latest G revision publication of IPC-J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies. It was one of the documents for which alignment with other commonly used IPC standards, such as IPC-A-620C and IPC-A-610G, was a major reason for updating. In the course of this alignment conflicting criteria in the various documents were addressed by a group of specialists and modifications were made. As is done in the other new document revisions, IPC [...]

By |2019-07-22T10:19:21+01:0025 July 2019|PIEK News|

IPC-A-610G, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies Boards

IPC-A-610 Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies, in its latest G Revision, was published in October 2017. Of all the acceptance criteria documents in the IPC portfolio it is the one that is used most frequently and is best known throughout the electronics industry. It has been the base document in inspection departments at EMS companies and OEMs for decades. Apart from this, it has been referred to in numerous contract documents for the procurement of PCBAs (Printed Circuit Board [...]

By |2019-07-22T10:11:05+01:0024 July 2019|PIEK News|

IPC/WHMA-A-620C, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies

IPC/WHMA-A-620C, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies, is the most important process, materials and inspection standard for the cable and wire harness industry at the moment. In the latest version, the C Revision, which was published in January 2017, IPC has managed to update many criteria and insert new pictures. It describes materials, methods, tests and acceptability criteria for producing crimped, mechanically secured, or soldered interconnections and the related assembly activities associated with cable and [...]

By |2019-07-23T12:42:54+01:0023 July 2019|PIEK News|