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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.

New training locations for 2018

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 | 2017-09-18T14:22:13+00:00 18 September 2017|PIEK News|

To certify or not to certify, that is the question.

Now that the costs of IPC certification are rising, companies begin to wonder whether it is still useful to certify or recertify. PIEK often gets a question about this. The answer is not simple. For the company, the main thing should always be the quality level it strives for and the demands made by customers on its products. For companies that do not require IPC certification but do want a certain quality level, PIEK has developed its own PIEK courses. These [...]

By | 2017-09-14T12:36:47+00:00 14 September 2017|PIEK News|

The electronics industry is inextricably connected to the medical sector

eHealth eHealth or telehealth is no longer science fiction. In various medical disciplines, eHealth is already being applied and physicians and nurses are supported by it. The Ministry of Public Health states that eHealth is made possible by audio-visual communication technology bridging the gap between patient and physician or nurse. eHealth can help with diagnoses, consultations and even emergency operations. In the future rural areas may benefit from better medical services than before by the introduction of eHealth. [...]

By | 2017-09-14T10:48:44+00:00 14 September 2017|PIEK News|

IPC New Release: IPC-6013D Qualification and Performance Specification for Flexible/Rigid-Flexible Printed Boards

The IPC-6013D standard covers qualification and performance requirements for flexible printed boards designed to IPC-2221 and IPC-2223. The flexible printed board may be single-sided, double-sided, multilayer or rigid-flex multilayer. All of these constructions may include stiffeners, PTHs, microvias, and blind/buried vias. IPC-6013D, Qualification and Performance Specification for Flexible/Rigid-Flexible Printed Boards IPC-6013D incorporates new and updated requirements for final finishes, rigid-to-flex transition zones, deformation anomalies including wrinkles, creases and soda strawing, marking, registration (annular ring), conductor thickness reductions, dielectric [...]

By | 2017-09-14T11:24:14+00:00 14 September 2017|IPC New Release|

IPC New Release: IPC-4552A Performance Specification for Electroless Nickel/Immersion Gold (ENIG) Plating for Printed Boards

The IPC-4552A performance specification sets requirements for Electroless Nickel/Immersion Gold (ENIG) deposit thicknesses for applications including soldering, wire bonding and as a contact finish. The IPC-4552A is intended for use by chemical suppliers, printed board manufacturers, electronics manufacturing services (EMS) and original equipment manufacturers (OEM). The IPC-4552A standard may be used to specify acceptance criteria to meet performance requirements in addition to those found in the IPC-6010-FAM Printed Board Performance Specifications. The ENIG deposit specified by using this [...]

By | 2017-09-11T13:33:34+00:00 8 September 2017|IPC New Release|

Did you know that PIEK has a photo gallery?

Now you do! Go to the PIEK Photo Gallery and enjoy the latest photos taken during PIEK training courses or industry events. For the next time, you can go through the main menu on our English-language website and find the Photo Gallery link under the info button.  

By | 2017-09-07T11:08:08+00:00 7 September 2017|Photos, PIEK News|

Ultimate responsibility in the automotive industry

Dieselgate has led to many recall actions worldwide. Not only Volkswagen was hurt by things that were incorrect in their products, but other car manufacturers also suffered alongside: Mercedes with its Arcos lorry, Toyota with the Akata airbag, Mitsubishi with its lorries and plenty of others. How about the responsibility in these matters? Ultimate responsibility in the automotive industry is a matter of details. Quality management and quality control systems have been thoroughly developed in this sector, but [...]

By | 2017-09-07T10:14:56+00:00 7 September 2017|PIEK News|

Quality in the Electronic Interconnect Industry

Quality in the Electronic Interconnect Industry. Solving the quality problem at the beginning of production prevents the quality defects from appearing in the final assembly. Regardless of whether you are a subcontractor, contractor, supplier or client, regardless of whether you offer or demand the use of IPC standardization during the production process. IPC standardization contributes to lower costs during and after the production process, less returns and thus a better end product. The IPC Training & Certification programs listed [...]

By | 2017-08-30T08:57:00+00:00 30 August 2017|PIEK News|

Relation with a robot: only in science fiction films?

Robots play an ever more important role in our daily lives. Look at health care and at the hospitality sector, where robots support employees in their daily routines. In health care robots also actively interact with patients. Science fiction films take this a step further by exploring the idea of intimate relations, as in Ex Machina and Her. Where are we heading? Will we really have intimate relations with a robot? Various studies show that we may even marry robots by 2050. [...]

By | 2017-08-11T11:10:05+00:00 11 August 2017|PIEK News|

A high-tech diamond from East Flanders

Carlier Prototype Engineering’s business location is Aan de Ragestraat 53A, Zottegem, Belgium. Mr Christ Carlier, director and owner of CPE ( recently visited PIEK together with some staff members and gladly agreed to this interview. PIEK: could you tell us something about your company, please? Christ Carlier: ‘Our company was established in 2004. We are basically a design house with production capacity. We develop products for third parties and can also make prototypes and series. Our main design [...]

By | 2017-08-08T12:03:33+00:00 31 July 2017|PIEK News|