Latest electronics manufacturing industry news

Outsourcing IPC courses: a wise choice?

This is what one company says (details known to PIEK): Being a company that regularly orders from assembly companies in the technical interconnect industry, we often discuss outsourcing with our customers. Should we ourselves have all the expertise to educate our own staff? There is no unanimity on this subject, one of the reasons for this being the shortage of technically skilled staff. For us, however, outsourcing courses, which in our case is mostly IPC certifications or re-certifications [...]

By | 2018-07-11T09:07:11+00:00 11 July 2018|PIEK News|

Independent trainers a must

The world is a glass house, and this certainly goes for trainers in the technical interconnect industry. Companies often inadvertently hire IPC trainers who work for the competitor. This means that the competitor can get a behind-the- scenes glimpse of his rival’s processes, procedures and products. If that is the case with you, your competitive position could be at stake. Fortunately, there are a number of educators in the technical interconnect industry who are independent and who have [...]

By | 2018-07-04T10:14:38+00:00 4 July 2018|PIEK News|

Cybercrime: how bad is it going to be?

Let’s not beat about the bush but give an answer straight away: it is only going to be worse. In this article we will address the causes and provide some tips to arm yourself against it. The tips are no guarantee that cybercrime will never affect you, but you now know you have been warned. Cybercrime is simple and lucrative Ransomware is software that is easy to build and that can easily be bought through online platforms. Once [...]

By | 2018-06-27T10:23:59+00:00 27 June 2018|PIEK News|

IEC New Release: IEC TR 61340-5-2 Electrostatics – Protection of electronic devices from electrostatic phenomena

IEC TR 61340-5-2:2018, which has been developed to support IEC 61340-5-1, applies to activities that: manufacture, process, assemble, install, package, label, service, test, inspect, transport or otherwise handle electrical or electronic parts, assemblies and equipment with withstand voltages greater than or equal to 100 V HBM, 200 V CDM and 35 V for isolated conductors. Additional control elements or adjusted limits can be applicable for ESDS with lower withstand voltages. This second edition of IEC TR 61340-5-2 has [...]

By | 2018-06-20T09:33:21+00:00 20 June 2018|PIEK News|

Employees used to be proud and loyal, but how about now?

Things used to be different back in the day. This is certainly true for one particular development: the time that employees stay with one and the same company. Employees used to start working for a company at a very early age and they would go up the ladder over the years, building the company as they went along. Pride in their work and loyalty until retirement to what they built themselves was very common. Binding employees to a [...]

By | 2018-06-13T12:11:45+00:00 13 June 2018|PIEK News|

Highlight at the 2018 SMT

PIEK and IPC would be delighted to welcome you at this year’s SMT Hybrid Packaging Fair in Nuremberg. Please visit our stand no. 400 in Hall 4 and find the experts in the electronic interconnect industry there. Exchanging experiences, getting to know each other and entering the hand-soldering competition are the main things to go for. Invitation to the IPC HSC for Professionals This competition reveals who is an expert in hand soldering. Only those who can hand [...]

By | 2018-05-17T12:15:29+00:00 17 May 2018|IPC News, PIEK News|

Less should be more in the future

This article will focus on energy consumption. Though this is not a new theme, it is a major one impacting the electronics industry more and more and leading to ever greater challenges. Electronic devices are essential parts of our lives. In Germany alone 1.8 million tonnes of electronic equipment are sold every year. It is not so important that each of us regularly wants to have the latest mobile phone, but the latest model should always be better, [...]

By | 2018-05-08T08:59:16+00:00 8 May 2018|PIEK News|

Upheaval in the transport sector

Autonomously driving lorries with sensors on board, containers with sensors and cranes equipped with artificial intelligence can all communicate with each other. It sounds like science fiction, but it is no longer so. It is the beginning of dramatic changes in the transport sector. Professions such as a lorry driver, a taxi driver and a package deliveryman may not have a long life span anymore. Increasing automation in the transport sector and the services and industries linked to [...]

By | 2018-04-24T19:56:17+00:00 24 April 2018|PIEK News|

Concentration of industries in Europe

Various researchers have looked into the reasons why there is a concentration of industries in certain geographical areas and not in others. Their research nearly always indicates that there is a connection between the clustering of industries and the characteristics of geographical areas. There are three factors at play, namely the presence of goods, people and ideas. The extent to which the three factors are present somewhere determines whether clustering takes place there or not. These three factors [...]

By | 2018-04-18T10:05:29+00:00 18 April 2018|PIEK News|