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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.

Big Brother is watching you drive

Drinking alcohol and driving do not mix. It is an age-old truth that we are also reminded of in government campaigns. Alcohol is at the root of nearly 11% of fatal car accidents across the world. These days, however, something else is ousting alcohol from its first place. You have guessed it. It is our mobile phone. In the USA alone smartphone use behind the wheel cost over 4000 human lives in 2015. Multi-tasking is not something that [...]

By | 2018-02-21T08:47:27+00:00 21 February 2018|PIEK News|

Agriculture and horticulture are high tech

High-tech companies such as Sharp, Panasonic, Fujitsu, and Toshiba are rapidly expanding into agricultural and horticultural products, using their technical expertise. Japanese agriculture and horticulture has been facing extremely keen competition from abroad for years. This is why the Japanese government has developed incentives enabling tech firms to invest in agriculture and horticulture. It has worked wonders. The use of technology has made agricultural and horticultural production much more efficient and profitable. Abandoned factory buildings have been transformed [...]

By | 2018-02-07T11:31:34+00:00 7 February 2018|PIEK News|

Learning and exploring

There are many educational institutes in the market of the electronic inter-connect industry. When compared with PIEK, some are less expensive, have more branches or have a more limited course offer. Are the costs of certification or re-certification actually justified? Have the employees been trained in relevant aspects that they can apply in practice afterwards? Do certification and re-certification have a positive impact on the company’s ROI? All these questions lead to the main question: how can I [...]

By | 2018-02-01T09:55:20+00:00 1 February 2018|PIEK News|

Customisation is the standard at PIEK

Companies in the electronic interconnect industry are continually subject to changes, innovations and trends. The one thing that they have in common is the set of worldwide guidelines for the electronic inter-connect industry, the so-called IPC certifications. These certifications and re-certifications are the standards for the electronic inter-connect industry, ensuring that the IPC regulations and guidelines are taught worldwide and that employees apply the agreed standards. Regularly the wishes and requirements of the individual customer may deviate from [...]

By | 2018-01-25T10:18:48+00:00 25 January 2018|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 | 2018-01-18T10:42:59+00:00 17 January 2018|PIEK News|

End-of-the-year wish 2017

Dear customers, The festive season is drawing near, so the year 2017 is also drawing to a close. This is always an exciting time in which we look back at all the things that have happened in the past twelve months and we look forward to the New Year. For PIEK 2017 has been an innovative and positive year. We have welcomed new customers, and we have executed some very interesting projects. We have also increased our geographical [...]

By | 2017-12-21T11:23:48+00:00 21 December 2017|PIEK News|

Labour market in desperate need of technical staff

For many years there has been a shortage on the labour market of staff with a high-quality, technical education. This is not only the case in Western Europe but also in Eastern Europe. And things are not improving. Not only university-level technical staff is getting hard to find, also at vocational and lower levels technicians and mechanics have become a rarer breed all over Western and Eastern Europe. Companies more and more often move their production departments to [...]

By | 2017-12-14T10:37:47+00:00 14 December 2017|PIEK News|

Hand Soldering Competition – New World Champion Crowned by IPC

IPC, the Association Connecting Electronics Industries® once again presented its very popular Hand Soldering Competition in cooperation with productronica 2017. The competition was held at productronica, with the regional competition taking place from November 14 to 16, followed by the World Championship on the 17th November. Sixteen competitors participated in the world championship and represented their companies and countries, including France, China, Hungary, Germany, Korea, India, Poland, Malaysia, Thailand, Russia, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. The competition was [...]

By | 2017-11-30T12:06:24+00:00 30 November 2017|PIEK News|

Aviation industry on the eve of revolution

There are various stakeholders in the aviation industry, as you can see in the figure above. High-tech systems Systems Design & Construction Materials Aircraft structures & systems Aircraft construction & maintenance Aircraft materials & processes Maintenance These stakeholders jointly contribute to the realisation of a communal project, such as an aeroplane or a helicopter. The individual stakeholder will always have to work together with other stakeholders to reach a joint target. In the aviation industry there are a [...]

By | 2017-11-30T08:24:11+00:00 30 November 2017|PIEK News|

IPC New Release: IPC-A-610G Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies

The IPC-A-610 standard is the most widely used electronics assembly acceptance document. Updated with participants from 17 countries providing input and expertise, this document brings the latest criteria along with many new and revised graphics to the industry. IPC-A-610G Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies This is a must-have for inspectors, operators and others with an interest in the acceptance criteria for electronic assemblies. IPC-A-610 is developed in synergy with J-STD-001, and for the first time with this revision, IPC/WHMA-A-620. [...]

By | 2017-11-16T13:14:22+00:00 16 November 2017|IPC New Release|