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.

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+00:005 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+00:0028 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+00:0026 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+00:0025 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+00:0024 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+00:0023 July 2019|PIEK News|

IPC-6012 Qualification and Performance Specifications for Rigid Printed Boards

If we talk about purchasing rigid bare board (or PCB) manufacturing the IPC-6012 is the most used document. This is one of a series of documents, also called the Qualification and Performance Specifications for Printed Boards. At the basis of this series is the IPC-6011 standard, in here we find definitions for the product classes, and general requirements for instance on documentation, qualification assessment, quality assurance etcetera. The IPC-6012 is the document that contains the Qualification and Performance [...]

By |2019-07-22T10:08:32+00:0023 July 2019|PIEK News|

PIEK, a family firm with over 50 years of experience

PIEK was founded in 1965 by the parents of the current two Managing Directors, Ben and Rob Walls. The parents spotted a high demand for education in the field of electronics, as e.g. applied in radios. It did not take long before the range of courses and venues was extended. In the 70s PIEK was present in many towns and cities in the Dutch provinces Limburg and Noord Brabant, providing evening courses. When microelectronics was making itself felt [...]

By |2019-07-23T10:05:27+00:0023 July 2019|PIEK News|

IPC-A-600J, Acceptability of Printed Boards

IPC-A-600 Acceptability of Printed Boards, is the best-known standard for the inspection of bare boards, often called PCBs, throughout the electronics industry. It has been the base document in inspection departments at bare board manufacturers for decades. And it has been referred to in the majority of contract documents for the procurement of bare boards worldwide. The current J Revision was published in May 2016 and again showed a vast amount of improvements and clarifications with respect to [...]

By |2019-07-22T10:03:51+00:0022 July 2019|PIEK News|

e.GO: an affordable electric car for everybody

Electric mobility, a catchphrase that you see every day. Aachen, Germany is home to the production halls of the e.GO, the affordable electric car for everybody. Production takes place in an ultra-modern hall in Aachen. One thing you do not see there are welding robots, as e.GO has turned the production process into a magnificent form of digital art. Far-reaching digitisation is at the heart of a tightly controlled production process, in which all the possibilities of 5G [...]

By |2019-07-09T15:40:33+00:009 July 2019|PIEK News|