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July 28, 2014
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IPC Mourns Loss of Industry Icon, Pioneer and Friend
IPC Mourns Loss of Industry Icon, Pioneer and Friend
It is with great sadness that IPC announces the passing of Dieter Bergman, IPC staff member for more than 40 years and industry innovator for more than 55 years. Bergman's name will forever be synonymous with IPC and he leaves a legacy of accomplishments.
Market Research   »
IPC Releases Annual Electronics Assembly Quality Benchmark Study
IPC Releases Annual Electronics Assembly Quality Benchmark Study
IPC Study of Quality Benchmarks for the Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Industry for 2014 is now available from IPC. The annual study provides data to electronics assembly companies interested in comparing their key 2013 quality metrics to those of others.
IPC Standards   »
Make Plans Now to Attend Fall Standards Development Committee Meetings
Make Plans Now to Attend Fall Standards Development Committee Meetings
If you're a member of a committee that will be meeting at the IPC Fall Standards Development Meetings, you should make your plans now to attend. This year's meeting will again be co-located with SMTA International, September 28-October 2, in Rosemont, Ill.
HKPCA & IPC Show   »
IPC and HKPCA Renew Show Partnership for Next Four Years
IPC and HKPCA Renew Show Partnership for Next Four Years
Following a highly successful 2013 International Printed Circuit & APEX South China Fair (HKPCA & IPC Show), IPC and Hong Kong Printed Circuit Association (HKPCA) are extending their alliance to host the event for another four years.
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IPC Southeast Asia to Host High Reliability Conference
IPC Southeast Asia to Host High Reliability Conference
Industry experts representing every market sector will discuss solder technology, cleaning and test and inspection strategies at this free one-day event, August 20 in Penang, Malaysia.
Find Reliability Solutions at the IPC Europe High Reliability Forum
Find Reliability Solutions at the IPC Europe High Reliability Forum
Co-developed by senior technologists from top organizations - Airbus, The European Space Agency, Robert Bosch, Thales and more - this Forum will explore critical reliability issues facing European electronics designers and manufacturers.
How Clean is Clean?
How Clean is Clean?
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 Events   »
Sign up for IPC Event Updates
Sign up for IPC Event Updates
Keep up to date on new IPC show activities and special promotions by completing an online IPC Events Update Form.
IPC Multimedia Training   »
Soldering Iron Tip Care
Soldering Iron Tip Care
Free Review
With tips costing from $10 to more than $100, this IPC training video can reduce the cost of process consumables and increase product quality.
IPC Calendar   »
August 20, 2014 - Penang, Malaysia
IPC Southeast Asia High Reliability Conference
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   »
Ayrshire Electronics Mississippi (Corinth, Miss.) 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 Exploding Solder Joints?
What Causes Exploding Solder Joints?
We have seen joint voids that look like "explosions" after wave soldering. Is the cause likely due to moisture absorption? Can this suspicious lot of boards be salvaged?
Board Talk
Soldering Multilayer Ceramic Chip Capacitors
Soldering Multilayer Ceramic Chip Capacitors
We need to solder a wire to one end of a heat sensitive multilayer ceramic chip capacitor while the other end is soldered to a PCB land.
Ask the Experts
SAMP-Based Stencil Nano Coatings
SAMP-Based Stencil Nano Coatings
Paper reviews test methods and results, and describes the chemical structure of Self Assembling Monolayer Phosphonate nanocoating materials and their influence on solder printing.
Analysis Lab
Why Rigid Flex? Innovation in your products
Printed Circuits, Inc.
Rigid Flex offers the ability to design circuitry to fit the device, rather than building the device to fit the circuit board. Learn more...
Printed Circuits, Inc.
Numerical Study on New Pin Pull Test for Pad Cratering
Numerical Study on New Pin Pull Test for Pad Cratering
In this study a new pin pull test method with solder ball attached and positioned to the test board at a 30° was used to study the strength of pad cratering.
Analysis Lab
How Computing Is Unleashing a Materials Revolution
How Computing Is Unleashing a Materials Revolution
The Digital Techno-Economic Revolution has opened up a dramatically faster, more efficient way to handle the task of developing new materials, and the implications will be profound.
Technology Briefing
Overcoming Challenges to Functional Test
Overcoming Challenges to Functional Test
Paper covers the development of a standardized functional circuit test system architecture, combined with fixturing designed for the rigors of high-mix, high volume production.
Production Floor
Solder Fortification with Preforms
Solder Fortification with Preforms
PIP has been used for several decades, but it's not always possible to print enough paste to obtain an acceptable joint. This paper covers design and assembly techniques using solder performs.
Materials Tech
Underfilling Using Continuous Path Motion
Asymtek
White paper for underfill applications and using continuous motion of the dispense head to avoid backtracking and improve units per hour by 27%. Download now.
Nordson ASYMTEK
What Causes Black Pad?
What Causes Black Pad?
What is the primary cause of Black Pad and/or pad contamination during the assembly process?
Ask the Experts
Explanation of PoP Inspection Techniques
Explanation of PoP Inspection Techniques
Industry expert Bob Willis explains the three available options of x-ray, optical and process monitoring for inspection of package-on-package assemblies.
Analysis Lab
Rosin Flux or Water Soluble - Which To Use?
Rosin Flux or Water Soluble - Which To Use?
What are the differences between rosin based fluxes and water soluble fluxes? Under what circumstances should we use one over the other?
Board Talk
Overcoming Repair Depot Challenges
Overcoming Repair Depot Challenges
This paper looks at key issues that should be considered in developing a robust outsourced repair depot strategy.
Production Floor
Pick & Place Machine's Integrated Intelligence
Europlacer
The award winning iineo-II is highly regarded as the most productive, multi-functional assembler for high-mix environments in the PCB assembly industry. Learn more...
Europlacer North America
Does Multi-tasking Result in Poor Judgment?
Does Multi-tasking Result in Poor Judgment?
Previous research revealed that multi-tasking impedes performance across a variety of tasks. What does the latest research show?
Technology Briefing
Gold Stud Bump Flip Chip Attachment
Gold Stud Bump Flip Chip Attachment
Flip chip bonding is a desirable attachment approach for minimizing size. This paper compares immersion and auto catalytic gold plating processes for flip chip bonding.
Materials Tech
Ultrasonic Cleaning Considerations
Ultrasonic Cleaning Considerations
I need to clean using an ultrasonic cleaner. What considerations do we need to know about?
Ask the Experts
Mysterious Flickering Lights
Mysterious Flickering Lights
Main Street's neon lights would flicker off and on but always after midnight. What was causing these mystery lights to go on and off?
Mysteries of Science
Sponsors   »
Must Have First-aid Kits for Circuit Boards
CircuitMedic
Our kits have been used for decades by the most demanding electronics manufacturers. The #1 first-aid kits for circuit boards.
CircuitMedic
Boards Requiring Multiple Cleanings
Petroferm
AXAREL® 750 Multipass Inline Defluxer removes residues without board damage in processes requiring multiple cleaning cycles. Learn more ...
Petroferm Inc.
SMT Assembly for Engineers
Advanced Assembly
We machine-place all SMT parts and our SMT assembly verification software finds errors before assembly begins, avoiding delays and saving you money.
Advanced Assembly LLC
Full Service Partner - Same Day Shipments
ATEK
A-Tek Systems Group has been proudly servicing the electronics manufacturing industry for 10 years providing sales, technical customer service, and spare parts support for same day shipments.
A-Tek Systems Group LLC
Edgebond Adhesive Reinforces BGAs & CSPs
Dymax
Dymax 9309-SC light-curable adhesive is ideal for PCB applications where rapid ruggedization of critical components is needed. Request product sample.
DYMAX Corporation
IPC Certification Tools & Much More...
SOLDER TRAINING
Deliver the perfect IPC Certification class with the latest kits, standards, videos, tools and much more. Because it's all about the soldering...
Soldertraining, Inc.
eSurface is the Game Changer for the PCB Industry
eSurface
eSurface enables you to: • Achieve Ultra-fine capability < 1/1 L/S; • Dramatically improve yields; • Reduce steps & cycle times; • Maximize efficiency
eSurface
New Metcal MX-500 Soldering System
OK INTERNATIONAL
The new MX-500 features an integrated power indication meter showing a graphical and numerical representation of the power applied to the cartridge.
OK International
Flexible & Toughened Potting Compound
Master Bond, Inc.
Low viscosity EP30FL delivers high strength and tough flexible castings, bonds and seals. Resistant to thermal cycling and chemicals from 4K to 250°F.
Master Bond
Smart Thermal Profiling
ECD
Proper measurements and robust data collection = superb, repeatable thermal processes. Make the intelligent choice with SuperM.O.L.E.® Gold 2.
ECD
New IPC Certification App...
EPTAC
Finally an App to find an IPC Certification or Solder Training class near you. Interactive map, advanced searching all in your hand and all by EPTAC.
EPTAC
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.
Who Has the Toughest Component Rework?
CTC
Rework of surface mount and through hole components can be a challenge. Our techs are ready to tackle your toughest rework projects.
Circuit Technology Center
Blackfox's Lead Free Soldering
BLACKFOX
Blackfox's Lead Free Soldering minimizes the risks of conversion, when introducing lead free products and processes. The lead free certification program incorporates the latest IPC requirements. Learn more...
Blackfox Training Institute
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