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September 18, 2014
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IPC Working Group Focuses on Nuances of Conformal Coating
IPC Working Group Focuses on Nuances of Conformal Coating
A new IPC working group, 5-33awg, Conformal Coating Requirements Working Group, is working to develop criteria for conformal coating application and evaluation and methods to determine how conformal coating performs in particular end-use environments.
Market Research   »
IPC Study Examines Potential Spots for Global Expansion
IPC Study Examines Potential Spots for Global Expansion
A new IPC study provides a wealth of information for companies that are planning to expand their global footprint. Where in the World? analyzes many factors relevant to electronics industry manufacturers.
IPC Conducts Study to Assess North American Labor Pool for Electronics Manufacturers
IPC Conducts Study to Assess North American Labor Pool for Electronics Manufacturers
Electronics manufacturers in the United States and Canada are urged to participate in an in-depth study on their hiring needs and experiences in recruiting qualified production workers and engineers. Survey will remain open until September 20.
Government Relations   »
RAMI Act Passes U.S. House of Representatives
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2996 the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act. A top policy priority for IPC, growing advanced manufacturing in the United States through federal investment is critical.
Electronics Assembly   »
European Workshops on Best Practices in Electronics Assembly
European Workshops on Best Practices in Electronics Assembly
This October, Phil Zarrow, president and principal consultant, ITM Consulting, will present two half-day workshops in Poland, Austria and Hungary on Understanding and Implementing Best Practices in Electronics Assembly Processes.
EMS Program Management   »
Build Clients for Life
Build Clients for Life
Get the knowledge you need to enhance your EMS program management skills - and build clients for life! Register for dates in October!
IPC TechSummit   »
Reliability. Innovation. Leadership
Reliability. Innovation. Leadership
IPC presents three, two-day conferences running concurrently, 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.
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.
IPC Multimedia Training   »
Lead-Free Hand Soldering
Lead-Free Hand Soldering
Free Review
This video program teaches the differences between tin-lead and lead-free hand soldering.
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
December 3-5, 2014 - Shenzhen, China
International Printed Circuit and APEX South China Fair (HKPCA & IPC Show)
IPC Member Milestones   »
Electropac Co. Inc. (Manchester, N.H.) 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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Advanced Second Level Assembly Analysis Techniques
Advanced Second Level Assembly Analysis Techniques
This analysis method provides new capabilities when planning and monitoring the assembly interface across a full reflow cycle to help predict and compensate for defects.
Analysis Lab
Is There A Need for Reflow Profiles
Is There A Need for Reflow Profiles
How important is it to run a profile on every different assembly? I have been told choosing an established oven setting is sufficient. Do you agree or disagree?
Ask the Experts
Fluxless Die Attach by Activated Forming Gas
Fluxless Die Attach by Activated Forming Gas
As demonstrated in the study, the fluxless and oxide-free technology using EA has made it possible to achieve a high quality die attach with zero or near-zero voids.
Production Floor
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
X-rays vs. Cross Sections to Measure Voids
X-rays vs. Cross Sections to Measure Voids
This paper validates void measurements obtained from non-destructive imaging techniques, with the physically measured void measurements of cross sectioning.
Analysis Lab
Are Your BGA Operators Competent?
Are Your BGA Operators Competent?
Can every operator handle your BGA rework equally well? In all but just a few situations, the answer is no. Why is this so?
Production Floor
New Developments in PCB Laminates
New Developments in PCB Laminates
Until recently, halogen free laminates struggled with thermal stability as well as poor electrical performance. This paper outlines developments for halogen free laminate systems.
Materials Tech
Solder Paste Beyond The Shelf Life?
Solder Paste  Beyond The Shelf Life?
We have some solder paste that has been in a sealed box at 4 degree Celsius for more than 8 months. The shelf life is 6 months. Can it be used?
Board Talk
Dual Lane / Dual Temperature SMT Reflow
HELLER
Dual chamber reflow oven allows 2 separate thermal profiles with up to 100 deg temperature difference to run simultaneously. Learn more...
Heller Industries
New Lithium Ion Battery - Outperforms by 300%
New Lithium Ion Battery - Outperforms by 300%
Researchers at the University of California Riverside have created a lithium ion battery that outperforms the current industry standard by 300 percent.
Technology Briefing
Mixing Silicone and Acrylic Conformal Coatings
Mixing Silicone and Acrylic Conformal Coatings
After repair our techs use an acrylic based conformal coat to touch-up the area. Could there be a compatibility problem if we mix silicone and acrylic conformal coatings?
Ask the Experts
Is There a Thermal Cycle Limit?
Is There a Thermal Cycle Limit?
How many thermal cycles should we allow at a given location on a circuit board before we should consider the assembly compromised?
Board Talk
HDI Structures Using Thin Films and Low Temp Paste
HDI Structures Using Thin Films and Low Temp Paste
Conductors and dielectrics have to be considered when building any layer HDI. New methods and materials designed for these challenges are becoming available for building HDI.
Materials Tech
Resistance, Inductance, Capacitance, Oh My!
Advanced Assembly
We've Got An App For That! Quickly adjust R, L, or C sliders to find Q, Resonate Frequency and overall frequency response for instant circuit optimization.
Advanced Assembly LLC
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
Solder Hardness Comparison
Solder Hardness Comparison
While running a solder paste comparison through our SMT and ICT processes we found that one solder was harder than another. What could be causing the difference?
Ask the Experts
Testing Intermetallic Fragility
Testing Intermetallic Fragility
Data is presented on the intermetallic strengths and failure modes of two bond pull test methods.
Analysis Lab
Brighter Chrome on the Third Shift
Brighter Chrome on the Third Shift
Why was one third shift operator at a plating shop producing parts with a superior chrome finish compared to the other two shifts?
Mysteries of Science
Sponsors   »
Why Use Parylene Conformal Coating?
Diamond MT
Parylene is the ultimate conformal coating for the protection of devices, components and surfaces in the electronics industry. Learn more ...
Diamond MT
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
Ultimate Solution for Placement Flexibility
JUKI
The Juki KE2080 flexible placement system successfully places the widest range of ICs, connectors, and unique shaped components on the market.
Juki Automation Systems, Inc.
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
Quick Turnkey PCB Assembly
NPI
When Quick Turn Matters! Call NPI Services! Your turnkey solution for Electronic Manufacturing Services including PCB Fabrication and Assembly, Component Kitting and more!
NPI Services
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
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.
Blackfox New Course: High Temp Soldering
BLACKFOX
This hands-on course is designed to address many situations in Electronics Manufacturing where it is necessary to use high melting point solder.
Blackfox Training Institute
Tough Engineering Changes? Where Can You Turn?
CTC
Engineering changes are a reality that need to be dealt with. Do you have qualified rework technicians to do the job efficiently and reliably?
Circuit Technology Center
Innovative No-clean, Halide-free Tacky Flux
Henkel
Multicore TFN700B is a no-clean, halide-free tacky flux formulated to address the challenging requirements of package-on-package applications.
Henkel Corporation
ZEISS Smartzoom 5 - Sample Simple
ZEISS
ZEISS Smartzoom 5, a digital microscope ideally suited for QA applications in fields of industry, provides SMART design, workflow and output.
Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC
Simple and efficient - vapor phase soldering
Asscon
This process stands for easy and flexible setup of temperature profiles. It saves time and money and assures a constant excellent product quality - from prototype to inline mass production.
ASSCON
Achieve Faster Cure Times with UV/Light
Ellsworth
For rapid curing of chemicals used in electronics assembly, Ellsworth Adhesives recommends light-curable chemicals and curing equipment from Dymax.
Ellsworth Adhesives
Courseware from Blackfox
Blackfox
Why spend 100's of hours and $1000's of dollars developing a course when you can simply download courses from Blackfox!
Blackfox Training Institute
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