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August 26, 2014
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In Memoriam   »
Dieter Bergman Remembered By Those Who Worked - and Played - With a Larger-Than-Life Man
Dieter Bergman Remembered By Those Who Worked - and Played - With a Larger-Than-Life Man
It's rare to cross paths with someone who doesn't just leave a fingerprint on your life, but rather an indelible impression. For more than 40 years, Dieter Bergman did just that for an industry, organization and the people who shape the preceding two.
Standards, Technology & Manufacturing   »
First Manufacturing Acceptability Standard for Photovoltaic (Solar) Module Assemblies Debuts
First Manufacturing Acceptability Standard for Photovoltaic (Solar) Module Assemblies Debuts
IPC-8701, Final Acceptance Criteria Standard for PV Modules-Final Module Assembly, will help companies increase volumes and hold costs down and obtain common acceptance requirements between customers and manufacturers.
IPC China   »
IPC China Connects with Regional, National Political Leaders
IPC China Connects with Regional, National Political Leaders
IPC China's government relations efforts are part of an overall association strategy of working more closely with agencies to ensure that new laws and regulations are based on science.
IPC TechSummit   »
Reliability. Innovation. Leadership
Reliability. Innovation. Leadership
IPC presents three, two-day conferences running at the same time, in the same place, October 28-30, 2014 in Raleigh, N.C. The event will focus on the cornerstones of success in today's electronics industry: reliability, innovation, leadership.
Fall Standards Meetings   »
IPC Committees Preparing for Fall Standards Meetings
 IPC Committees Preparing for Fall Standards Meetings
If you're interested in participating in the IPC Fall Standards Development Meetings, make your plans now to attend, September 28-October 2, in Rosemont, Ill. Hotel reservation deadline ends August 28.
Call for Papers   »
Present Your Work at IPC Conference on Assembly and Reliability
Present Your Work at IPC Conference on Assembly and Reliability
Present your work and make an impact at the IPC Conference on Assembly and Reliability in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on November 18 or in Bangkok, Thailand on November 20. This event will take participants through the assembly process - from materials to test and inspection.
High Reliability   »
IPC Europe High Reliability Forum Covers Reliability of Today's High Technology Electronics Products
IPC Europe High Reliability Forum Covers Reliability of Today's High Technology Electronics Products
Co-developed by senior technologists from top organizations, the IPC Europe High Reliability Forum will explore critical reliability issues facing electronics designers and manufacturers.
Get Practical Information on Cleaning and Coating Issues
Get Practical Information on Cleaning and Coating Issues
Brought to you by IPC and SMTA, the High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference will cover technological developments in all areas of cleaning and coating applied to electronics assemblies.
IPC Multimedia Training   »
The Seven Sins of Wire Harness Assembly
The Seven Sins of Wire Harness Assembly
Free Review
How to eliminate the most common problems during wire assembly.
IPC Calendar   »
Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2014 - Rosemont, Ill.
Co-located with SMTAI

IPC Fall Standards Development Committee Meetings
October 14-15, 2014 - Düsseldorf, Germany
IPC Europe High Reliability Forum
October 28-30, 2014 - Raleigh, NC
IPC Tech Summit
November 18-20, 2014 - Chicago, Ill.
High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference
IPC Member Milestones   »
Celestica (Toronto, Canada) 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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3D Printing Circuit Board Assemblies
3D Printing Circuit Board Assemblies
One of the most promising commercial technologies of the decade is "additive manufacturing." Recently, printers have advanced to the point that they can even print sensors and electronic components on 2-D and 3-D substrates.
Technology Briefing
ESD Grounding - 1 Meg Ohm Resistor
ESD Grounding - 1 Meg Ohm Resistor
Why do we need to use a 1 meg-ohm resister for ESD grounding?
Ask the Experts
Industry Terminology and Acronyms
Industry Terminology and Acronyms
What does the term BTC refer to? Is it the same as QFN? I know it's different than a BLT. The Assembly Brothers talk about uniformity of terminology and how this industry is so good using acronyms.
Board Talk
Why Rigid Flex? The reliability of your circuitry
Printed Circuits, Inc.
Rigid Flex are designed for aerospace, medical and military reliability. Flex assemblies reduce connector and reliability issues. Learn more...
Printed Circuits, Inc.
Head in Pillow Explained
Head in Pillow Explained
Industry expert Bob Willis uses the NPL Defect Database to explain the causes of HiPHoP (head-in-pillow/head-on-pillow) and how to address it.
Analysis Lab
Taking the LED Pick and Place Challenge
Taking the LED Pick and Place Challenge
There has been a shift in the lighting industry that has carried over to the surface mount technology assembly line. What is this shift? Is it the LED revolution?
Production Floor
Tools and Techniques for Material Assessment in Advanced Technologies
Tools and Techniques for Material Assessment in Advanced Technologies
This paper will help identify some of these key limitations in the methods used for characterizing and evaluating solders, circuit board materials and surface finishes available in the market today.
Materials Tech
Recent Technology Advances for X-ray Inspection
Recent Technology Advances for X-ray Inspection
This is paper reviews various x-ray system types and explains the implications of what they provide for resolution, magnification, power, pixel size and the effects of radiation damage.
Analysis Lab
Europlacer's NEW Intelligent Feeders - ii-Feed
Europlacer
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
Solder Paste Life on the Stencil
Solder Paste Life on the Stencil
Our solder paste has a specified life for exposure on the stencil at 10 hours. After the first 10 hours of manufacturing, do we need to remove all the paste on the stencil and scrap it?
Ask the Experts
A Nanotech Solution for Bed Bugs
A Nanotech Solution for Bed Bugs
Research in nanotechnology has led to a promising solution to an ancient problem: bed bugs.
Technology Briefing
Help With Defective Solder Joints
Help With Defective Solder Joints
What is the possible cause of incomplete soldering after surface mount reflow? The circuit boards in question are HASL.
Board Talk
Panel Level Packaging
Panel Level Packaging
In this paper a wide variety of technologies are described that allow the generation of maximum miniaturized microsystems or SiPs.
Production Floor
Edgebond Adhesive Reinforces BGAs & VGAs
Dymax
Dymax 9309-SC light-cure adhesive, for rapid ruggedization of PCB critical components, has See-Cure technology for cure confirmation. Request a sample.
DYMAX Corporation
Double Print Stencils Systems
Double Print Stencils Systems
It is useful in Assemblies that require mixed technologies; including SMT / Through Hole, SMT / Glue attach components, Packages requiring die attach / SMT assembly.
Production Floor
Low Cost Alternative to SAC Alloys
Low Cost Alternative to SAC Alloys
This paper discusses some new SAC alloy options, comparing performance to current low-cost options, and considers approaches to enhance the performance of low-cost solder alloys.
Materials Tech
Rework for OSP Assemblies
Rework for OSP Assemblies
Should we modify any rework or repair procedures for circuit board assemblies fabricated using OSP (Organic Solderability Preservative) bare circuit boards?
Ask the Experts
The Hot Chip Scale Package
The Hot Chip Scale Package
A team building the world's first high-density Chip Scale Package needed to get it out the door. It was still hot when it shipped.
Mysteries of Science
Sponsors   »
David Heller talks about changing demands
HELLER
Dave Heller discusses current SMT reflow innovations and future product roadmap at Apex 2013. Click here to watch...
Heller Industries
You need 25 PCBs assembled in 5 days?
Advanced Assembly
We specialize in fast PCB assembly for prototypes and low-volume orders.
Advanced Assembly LLC
Blackfox's Instructor's Courses
BLACKFOX
For companies developing in-house training programs, we provide Instructor Training, Certification, and Instructional Materials for all of the Blackfox Skill-Based Courses.
Blackfox Training Institute
Discover a Simple Solution for Damaged Conductors
CircuitMedic
When you have damaged conductors, there is a quick and reliable IPC recommended repair. The replacement conductor matches the original. Discover the secret.
CircuitMedic
Discover New Facts About Parylene Coating
Diamond MT
Learn about the parylene deposition process, the main benefits of parylene, and the most common applications of parylene in a new free fact sheet titled Parylene 101 from Diamond-MT.
Diamond MT
IPA Replacements for Manual Cleaning
Petroferm
The low flash point of IPA is an unrecognized hazard. We offer alternatives that clean better with higher flash points. Learn more ...
Petroferm Inc.
IPC Training Materials and more...
SOLDER TRAINING
From solder training kits, standards, videos, tools and more, the latest products you need to deliver your IPC Training Certification programs.
Soldertraining, Inc.
Can You Repair a Broken Corner?
CTC
What happens to an assembled circuit board with a broken corner? Can it be repaired reliably? It can if you have the experience.
Circuit Technology Center
New Metcal HCT2-120 Hot Air Pencil
OK INTERNATIONAL
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
NO Design Changes!
Electronic Interconnect
Get better thermal management of your high-power PCBs with Ei's Direct Thermal Exchange Technology. NO Design Changes needed! Find out more!
Electronic Interconnect
U.S. EPA Verifies Stencil Cleaner's Safety
Smart Sonic
Smart Sonic Stencil Cleaners are verified environmentally safe, user safe and effective by the U.S. EPA's Environmental Technology Verification Program for cleaning all types of solder paste.
Smart Sonic Corporation
Silver Coated, Nickel Filled Conductive Epoxy
Master Bond, Inc.
EP79 is a silver coated, nickel filled epoxy with electrical conductivity & volume resistivity. Forms bonds with high shear strengths and withstands thermal cycling.
Master Bond
Benefits of Electrolytic Solder
Metallic Resources
The electrolytic process creates bar solder of higher purity lower viscosity, surface tension, & greater fluidity. Reduce Dross Generation & Defects up to 30%.
Metallic Resources, Inc.
Can you trust your EMS provider?
IEC
Reliability and trust is earned. IEC has become IPC's 1st QML Certified trusted source. Let us put our reputation to work for your EMS needs.
IEC Electronics Corp.
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