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April 21, 2014
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Standards, Technology and Manufacturing   »
Reliability Screening of Lower Melting Point Pb-Free Alloys Containing Bi
Reliability Screening of Lower Melting Point Pb-Free Alloys Containing Bi
Read an excerpt from the paper that took top honors in the U.S. category as selected by the IPC APEX EXPO® 2014 Technical Program Committee.
IPC Releases IPC-1755, Conflict Minerals Data Exchange Standard
IPC Releases IPC-1755, Conflict Minerals Data Exchange Standard
IPC, working in partnership with AIAG, CFSI and JEITA, recently published IPC-1755, Conflict Minerals Data Exchange Standard, to help suppliers and their customers effectively facilitate conflict minerals data exchange along the entire global supply chain.
IPC Crowns Winner of Hand Soldering WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
IPC Crowns Winner of Hand Soldering WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
On March 27, Brian Wade, CAMtek Inc. (United States), was crowned IPC hand soldering world champion, earning him a $1,000 cash prize, a new Metcal soldering station and bragging rights as the world's best hand solderer.
Conflict Minerals   »
SEC Updates Conflict Minerals FAQs
SEC Updates Conflict Minerals FAQs
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) updated its Dodd-Frank FAQs webpage with an additional nine questions pertaining to conflict minerals.
Volunteer Recognition   »
Renee Michalkiewicz Elected to Chair Top IPC Standards Leadership Committee
Renee Michalkiewicz Elected to Chair Top IPC Standards Leadership Committee
Renee Michalkiewicz, MIT, general manager, Trace Laboratories, Baltimore, has been elected chair of the IPC Technical Activities Executive Committee (TAEC) for a two-year term.
Six Industry Experts Receive IPC President's Award
In recognition of their significant contributions of time and talent and ongoing leadership in IPC and the industry, six long-time IPC volunteers earned IPC President's Awards.
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 Multimedia Training   »
Lead Free Hand Soldering for Through-Hole Components
Lead Free Hand Soldering for Through-Hole Components
Free Review
Explains the basics of through-hole hand soldering, from operator safety through solder joint acceptance criteria, using lead-free solder.
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   »
Keithley Instruments Inc. (Solon, Ohio) recently celebrated its 25th 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
Benefits of Electrolytic Solder
Benefits of Electrolytic Solder
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.
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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
Must Have First-aid Kits for Circuit Boards
Must Have First-aid Kits for Circuit Boards
Our kits have been used for decades by the most demanding electronics manufacturers. The #1 first-aid kits for circuit boards.
CircuitMedic
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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
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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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   »
IPC Training Materials and more...
IPC Training Materials and more...
From solder training kits, standards, videos, tools and more, the latest products you need to deliver your IPC Training Certification programs.
Soldertraining, Inc.
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Metcal On Tour Rework Workshops
Metcal On Tour Rework Workshops
The workshops will provide tips to unlock the challenges of rework with live Applications for: PoP / QFN / QFP / 0201 / LED / PTH. Register today.
OK International
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What Goes Around, Comes Around
What Goes Around, Comes Around
NEW Closed-Loop ROSE Testers - Fast, accurate and affordable process control to help avoid dendrites / corrosion / tin whiskers.
Gen3 Systems Limited
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eSurface is the Game Changer for the PCB Industry
eSurface is the Game Changer for the PCB Industry
eSurface enables you to: • Achieve Ultra-fine capability < 1/1 L/S; • Dramatically improve yields; • Reduce steps & cycle times; • Maximize efficiency
eSurface
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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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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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Dual Lane / Dual Temperature SMT Reflow
Dual Lane / Dual Temperature SMT Reflow
Dual chamber reflow oven allows 2 separate thermal profiles with up to 100 deg temperature difference to run simultaneously. Learn more...
Heller Industries
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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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Don't Leave Your Process to Chance
Don't Leave Your Process to Chance
SEHO selective soldering systems feature many innovative functions that automatically control your process such as an integrated AOI system or warpage compensation.
SEHO Systems GmbH
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Protection Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt!
Protection Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt!
Dymax UV conformal coatings cure in shadowed areas; protect PCB components from service environments. Get the Guide to Light-Cure Conformal Coatings.
Dymax Corporation
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MBT-350: A Complete, All-In-One, Rework Station
MBT-350: A Complete, All-In-One, Rework Station
The MBT-350 includes 3 individual channels and is capable of delivering hot air and solder suction all at an affordable price.
PACE Incorporated
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Silver Coated, Nickel Filled Conductive Epoxy
Silver Coated, Nickel Filled Conductive Epoxy
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
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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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