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Electronics Assembly Standards IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Updated to Cover More Advanced Technologies
Electronics Assembly Standards IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Updated to Cover More Advanced Technologies
Two seminal standards for electronic assemblies, IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610, have been updated. They now cover more advanced technologies than the previous versions, and they're also easier to understand.
Gain Operational Excellence with IPC Validation Services
Gain Operational Excellence with IPC Validation Services
Achieving an industry-wide Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) with IPC Validation Services demonstrates commitment to increasing operational excellence. Explore IPC's Validation Services program.
Market Research   »
"Where in the World..?" ...Global Expansion Decisions are Too Critical to Base on Anecdotes Alone
IPC's Where in the World? A Regional Strategy Roadmap for Electronics Manufacturers provides a comprehensive guide to the world for growth-minded companies in the electronics interconnect industry.
Conflict Minerals   »
Industry Survey Reveals Significant Cost for Conflict Minerals Compliance
The first year of conflict minerals reporting has come and gone, but how much did it cost. A comprehensive survey of 2013 issuers shows average costs, identifies qualitative measures issuers are currently using, and identifies common supply chain practices.
IPC APEX EXPO   »
Highlight Your Research at the Premier Industry Event, IPC APEX EXPO
Highlight Your Research at the Premier Industry Event, IPC APEX EXPO
Show a technical poster at the industry's premier conference on electronics manufacturing and gain significant visibility for you and your company on your research and knowledge. Deadline for abstracts: November 4, 2014.
Cleaning & Coating   »
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.
Assembly and Reliability   »
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 this important event that will take participants through the assembly process - from materials to test and inspection - and provide the latest information to increase reliability. Submissions must be received by November 28.
IPC Multimedia Training   »
Handling in Electronics Assembly
Handling in Electronics Assembly
Free Review
Designed to help prevent handling defects and reduce scrap.
IPC Calendar   »
November 18-20, 2014 - Chicago, Ill.
High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference
December 3-5, 2014 - Shenzhen, China
International Printed Circuit and APEX South China Fair (HKPCA & IPC Show)
February 24-26, 2015 - San Diego, Calif.
IPC APEX EXPO®
IPC Member Milestones   »
IEC Electronics - Albuquerque (Albuquerque, N.M.) recently celebrated its 30th 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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Solder Paste Transfer Efficiency - What/Why
Solder Paste Transfer Efficiency - What/Why
I've heard the term transfer efficiency relating to printing. What does this term refer to? What actions impact solder paste transfer efficiency?
Board Talk
The Latest in Brand Loyalty Research
The Latest in Brand Loyalty Research
According to research, television ads that appeal to people's optimism make consumers far more likely to fall in love with the brand, regardless of the product being advertised.
Technology Briefing
Design and Fabrication of Ultra-Thin Flexible Substrate
Design and Fabrication of Ultra-Thin Flexible Substrate
This study focuses on an approach based on the use of a polyimide substrate for 2.5D/3D ultra-thin packaging applications.
Materials Tech
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Reliability of Stacked Microvia
Reliability of Stacked Microvia
Study was designed to understand the reliability of Type 1, 2, and 3 Microvias. The reliability test coupons included four stacks of microvias placed on and off a buried via.
Production Floor
Contamination Using Solvent Dispensers
Contamination Using Solvent Dispensers
We use small bench-top solvent dispensers with acid brushes for local spot cleaning. Are we dragging contamination back into the solvent dispenser each time we replenish solvent?
Ask the Experts
Grain Refinement for Improved Lead-Free Joint Reliability
Grain Refinement for Improved Lead-Free Joint Reliability
In the study reported in this paper the effect of trace additions of selected elements on the grain structure of pure tin and lead-free solder alloys was observed.
Analysis Lab
Rework Challenges for Smart Phones and Tablets
Rework Challenges for Smart Phones and Tablets
This paper reviews the challenges and process steps needed for successful repair of surface mount devices on very densely packaged circuit boards.
Production Floor
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Impact of Dust on PCB Assembly Reliability
Impact of Dust on PCB Assembly Reliability
What are the key characteristics of dust? Are some dust types worse than others? This paper presents some results towards answering these questions.
Analysis Lab
Hybrid Conformal Coatings for Mitigating Tin Whiskers
Hybrid Conformal Coatings for Mitigating Tin Whiskers
In this stydy, nanoparticles were functionalized to bind them to the polymer structure while avoiding the collection among the particles.
Materials Tech
V-Score and Depanel in One Step
V-Score and Depanel in One Step
Can we score and de-panel assembled PCBs in one step to create a card edge connector on the PCB. Is there a precedence for doing this? Are there any horror stories?
Board Talk
Conformal Coating Recommendation
Conformal Coating Recommendation
We are developing an outdoor LED module that will need conformal coating. The product needs a 5 year service life. What type of conformal coating do you suggest?
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Flexible, Ultra-Energy-Efficient, Transparent Electronics
Flexible, Ultra-Energy-Efficient, Transparent Electronics
A new integrated circuit scheme monolithically patterned seamlessly onto a sheet of graphene offers the possibility for flexible, ultra-energy-efficient, and transparent electronics.
Technology Briefing
Aerosol Jet Printing of Conductive Epoxy for 3D
Aerosol Jet Printing of Conductive Epoxy for 3D
In this paper the authors describe efforts to improve both the dispensability of small volume dots and correspondingly improve the consistency and conductivity of the dots.
Production Floor
Reworking Circuits Under a BGA Component
Reworking Circuits Under a BGA Component
Is it possible to add circuits under leadless devices such as BGA's? Would the part still be able to be installed through the normal assembly process?
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Problems With Viscosity and the Moon
Problems With Viscosity and the Moon
At an English shampoo factory near the sea, they were having problems with the shampoo viscosity. What was the cause?
Mysteries of Science
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