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April 22, 2014
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Signal Transmission Loss due to Copper Surface Roughness in High-Frequency Region
Signal Transmission Loss due to Copper Surface Roughness in High-Frequency Region
Read an excerpt from the paper that took an Honorable Mention in the International category as selected by the IPC APEX EXPO® 2014 Technical Program Committee.
Conflict Minerals   »
U.S. Appellate Court Says Disclosure of Conflict Minerals Violates Free Speech
U.S. Appellate Court Says Disclosure of Conflict Minerals Violates Free Speech
On April 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that a section of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC's) conflict minerals reporting rule violates the First Amendment.
Customer Relationship Management   »
IPC Online Services Offline during CRM Upgrade
IPC Online Services Offline during CRM Upgrade
On Thursday, April 24, IPC will begin upgrading its CRM system. As a result, the IPC Online Store, Registration, and Manage My Account will be offline starting at 4:00 pm CT (21:00 GMT) on Thursday, April 24 through Sunday, April 27.
EH&S   »
Changes to RoHS Directive will Impact your Company
Changes to RoHS Directive will Impact your Company
At the IPC and ITI seminar on Critical and Emerging Product Environmental Requirements, UK government experts Steve Andrews and Chris Smith, will provide real-time updates on changes to the RoHS Directive, as well as insight into the REACH and WEEE Directives
IPC Southeast Asia   »
Get Practical Methodologies that can be Deployed Today to Enhance your Operations
Get Practical Methodologies that can be Deployed Today to Enhance your Operations
On May 28 in Singapore, industry experts representing every market sector will discuss solder technology, cleaning and test and inspection strategies at IPC Southeast Asia High Reliability Conference.
Learn the Fundamentals of Electronics Assembly Soldering
Learn the Fundamentals of Electronics Assembly Soldering
IPC Southeast Asia will hold a one-day workshop on June 9 in Penang, Malaysia, on requirements for soldering electronics assemblies. Review the basics of hand soldering and important fundamentals, such as proper soldering methods, equipment care and ESD safety.
IPC Validation Services   »
Reduce Customer Turnover, Gain Recognition and Grow Opportunities
Reduce Customer Turnover, Gain Recognition and Grow Opportunities
When you earn a Qualified Product List (QPL) or Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) certification from IPC Validation Services (VS) you earn key business advantages.
New Releases   »
Standards, Translations, Market Research...
Standards, Translations, Market Research...
View recently released standards including IPC-1755, IPC-4103A, IPC J-STD-030A, and IPC-6013C; translations; market research documents; multimedia presentations; technical papers and more.
IPC Multimedia Training   »
Coaxial Cable Assembly
Coaxial Cable Assembly
Free Review
Covers crimping, compression and soldering for BNC, TNC, SMA, MCX and N Type connectors.
IPC Calendar   »
April 25, 28, 30, 2014 - England/Germany
IPC & EIPC Roadshow: Workshops on Failure Analysis and Reliability Testing
May 6, 8, 13, 15, 2014 - Locations throughout U.S.
IPC and ITI Critical and Emerging Product Environmental Requirements Seminars
May 19-22, 2014 - Bangalore, India
IPC APEX India™
May 28, 2014 - Singapore
IPC Southeast Asia High Reliability Conference
IPC Member Milestones   »
Elite Material Co. Ltd. (Taoyuan Hsien, Taiwan, ROC) recently celebrated its 20th year as an IPC member. See other companies celebrating membership anniversaries. Invest in your company and experience the benefits of joining the industry's premier association. Learn more about IPC membership.

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What Causes Wave Solder Bridging?
What Causes Wave Solder Bridging?
We are having lead bridging problems with our wave soldering system. How would you rank the likely causes and areas to investigate?
Board Talk
Gold Plated Hole Defects
Gold Plated Hole Defects
After wave soldering, there are often portions of the gold plated holes that still have exposed gold. What is the best way to insure we get full solder coverage on these gold plated holes?
Ask the Experts
High-performance Ultra-thin Capacitors
High-performance Ultra-thin Capacitors
A new technique allows the manufacture of capacitors with a capacitance density 2000X higher than those currently available. These ultra-thin capacitors could be used in PC boards.
Technology Briefing
Online Manual for Rework, Repair & Assembly
Online Manual for Rework, Repair & Assembly
From component identification to a complete index of industry terms and definitions, the manual covers everything you need to know.
PACE Incorporated
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Stencil Design for Ultra Fine Pitch Printing
Stencil Design for Ultra Fine Pitch Printing
Miniaturization is pushing the stencil printing process. As features become smaller, solder paste transfer efficiency is becoming more critical.
Production Floor
Reliability Assessment of Reballed BGAs
Reliability Assessment of Reballed BGAs
In this paper, SAC305 solder balls were replaced with SnPb solder balls and tested to evaluate the reliability of these reballed components.
Analysis Lab
Assembly and Reliability Investigation of PoP
Assembly and Reliability Investigation of PoP
This paper discusses the results of independent experiments to address aspects of successful Package on Package integration.
Materials Tech
Reliability of Low Silver, Lead-Free Joints
Reliability of Low Silver, Lead-Free Joints
The objective of this study is to assess the reliability under loading conditions of low silver solder solder pastes.
Analysis Lab
4 Events - 1 Roof - April 8-10, 2014
4 Events - 1 Roof - April 8-10, 2014
The UK's largest event covering design, test, components, production, EMS, embedded and software. Learn more...
National Electronics Week
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Zip-lock Bags vs. Heat Sealed Bags
Zip-lock Bags vs. Heat Sealed Bags
Are zip-lock bags vs. heat sealed bags an acceptable option for storage of moisture sensitive components?
Ask the Experts
Cleanliness of Stencils and Misprinted Boards
Cleanliness of Stencils and Misprinted Boards
This paper covers how control of a stencil cleaner's cleaning ability is possible, but requires assiduous discipline in maintaining a preventative maintenance program.
Production Floor
How To Determine Stencil Thickness
How To Determine Stencil Thickness
On what basis is stencil thickness decided in the case of BGA's or fine pitch components? The Assembly Brothers dive in.
Board Talk
The Green Implosion
The Green Implosion
Why hasn't Clean Tech made more of an impact? The energy generated by solar, wind, and other so-called green energy technologies is simply too unreliable and too expensive to be practical. We'll explain.
Technology Briefing
Select the best plastic for DDR4 housings
Select the best plastic for DDR4 housings
DSM presents a benchmark between various high performance materials for DDR4 housings. Download the paper and select the best material for DDR4.
DSM Engineering Plastics B.V.
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Head and Pillow SMT Failure Modes
Head and Pillow SMT Failure Modes
This paper describes critical factors affecting head and pillow and how to identify the root cause and give potential solutions to prevent the defect.
Analysis Lab
3 Steps To Solder Paste Selection
3 Steps To Solder Paste Selection
This paper covers the most significant issues in solder paste selection to meet the goals of manufacturing.
Materials Tech
Pick and Place Placement Rate
Pick and Place Placement Rate
What is the best way to calculate, and verify the placement rate for a pick and place system prior to purchase?
Ask the Experts
The Static Charge Overload
The Static Charge Overload
A plastic molding plant had been running for less than a year. Suddenly parts began testing positive for an electrical charge. What caused it?
Mysteries of Science
Featured Webcast  »
Contamination and Defects #2
Contamination and Defects #2
This webcast consists of 10 individual program segments focused on contamination, defects and whiskers on electronics assemblies.
Sponsors   »
Six Fast Fixes for Circuit Boards
Six Fast Fixes for Circuit Boards
Use this versatile kit to fix damaged SMT pads, lands, gold edge contacts, conductors, plated holes and base board. The world's #1 first-aid kit for circuit boards.
CircuitMedic
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Circuitry and PTH Repair on Multilayer PCBs
Circuitry and PTH Repair on Multilayer PCBs
Learn about services to repair severe damage to conductors and plated holes, including damaged holes in multilayer PCBs.
Circuit Technology Center
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Thermal Management Products
Thermal Management Products
Applications for thermally conductive material have increased as electronics become more complex and powerful. Learn more about the range of thermal management solutions.
Electrolube Ltd
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New Metcal HCT2-120 Hot Air Pencil
New Metcal HCT2-120 Hot Air Pencil
The new Digital Hot Air Pencil is ideal for applications which use smaller components and allows more rework access without affecting adjacent parts.
OK International
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Heller Wins Frost & Sullivan Award
Heller Wins Frost & Sullivan Award
Heller's commitment to customer service, new product design, and advances in the soldering process have given it a commanding position in the SMT soldering market. Learn more...
Heller Industries
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High Speed VLST
High Speed VLST
Getech High Speed Component Test Is a High speed BGA test handler that incorporates Vision Inspection, High Contact Pressure, Dual Tip handling. Learn more...
Getech
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Indium Corporation SACM™ Soldering Alloy
Indium Corporation SACM™ Soldering Alloy
SACM™ solder alloy offers drop shock performance far superior to other SAC alloys, without compromising on thermal cycling.
Indium Corporation
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Avoid continuous calibration
Avoid continuous calibration
Auger and pneumatic pumps require frequent calibration to compensate for changes, but PCD continuously volumetric pumps eliminate calibrations and improve yields. Learn more...
GPD Global
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IPA Replacements for Manual Cleaning
IPA Replacements for Manual Cleaning
The low flash point of IPA is an unrecognized hazard. We offer alternatives that clean better with higher flash points. Learn more ...
Petroferm Inc.
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Stencil Cleaner Recommended for Durostone Pallets
Stencil Cleaner Recommended for Durostone Pallets
Permali, makers of Durostone Pallet material, has tested Smart Sonic's ultrasonic stencil cleaners and 440-R SMT Detergent and recommends Smart Sonic for cleaning Durostone pallets.
Smart Sonic Corporation
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Eliminate MSD & ESD Challenges - Automatically
Eliminate MSD & ESD Challenges - Automatically
No more manual record keeping. Discover the power of scalable, factory-wide temp and humidity monitoring with SensorWATCH™.
ECD
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Europlacer's NEW Intelligent Feeders - ii-Feed
Europlacer's NEW Intelligent Feeders - ii-Feed
ii-Feed is a fully 'intelligent', fast-loading feeder; enabling accurate tape indexing and optimum productivity. ii-Feed Elements are compatible with all Europlacer machines. Learn more...
Europlacer North America
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AIM's New NC273LT Low Temperature Solder Paste
AIM's New NC273LT Low Temperature Solder Paste
Bismuth containing alloys provide assemblers with an innovative solution when temperature sensitivity is paramount.
Aim Solder
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