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October 1, 2014
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Protecting Intellectual Property Can Be Important for Partnerships
Protecting Intellectual Property Can Be Important for Partnerships
IPC-1071A addresses the growing need to beef up protection for intellectual property. The newly upgraded standard can help printed board manufacturing facilities show that they've taken steps to protect their customers' valuable product information.
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 electronics assemblies, IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610, have been updated to their F revisions. They now cover more advanced technologies than the previous versions, and they're also easier to understand.
Market Research    »
North American PCB Industry Summer Slowdown Continued in August
North American PCB Industry Summer Slowdown Continued in August
IPC has announced the August findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales and orders were weaker year over year, but the book-to-bill ratio strengthened slightly.
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.
Certification Quality Initiative   »
IPC's Certification Quality Initiative (CQI) Embraces Technology
IPC's Certification Quality Initiative (CQI) Embraces Technology
IPC's CQI is embracing technology and has invested in a new online portal to streamline the way we conduct testing and certification. Benefits include improved exam security and data integrity, reduced registration time and more.
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 likeAirbus, The European Space Agency, Gen3 Systems, Robert Bosch and Thales, this Forum will explore critical reliability issues facing electronics designers and manufacturers.
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.
IPC Multimedia Training   »
Electronic Connector Assembly
Electronic Connector Assembly
Free Review
Best-practices for assembling circular and rectangular connectors, and how to avoid typical defects. New.
IPC Calendar   »
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   »
Sandia National Labs 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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Stencil Manufacturing and Impact on Precision
Stencil Manufacturing and Impact on Precision
Stencil positional accuracy is a function of the manufacturing process. This paper covers the various parameters that influence positional accuracy.
Production Floor
New Requirements for Sir Measurement
New Requirements for Sir Measurement
Flux residues under certain components creates interaction with solder resists and the component body. This paper discusses the requirements for a new SIR measurement process.
Analysis Lab
Elimination of Whiskers from Electroplated Tin
Elimination of Whiskers from Electroplated Tin
Paper covers data to show the effect of two approaches on the dissipation of the stress, resulting from intermetallic compound formation.
Materials Tech
A World of Wave Soldering Solutions
Vitronics Soltec
Vitronics Soltec's wave solder systems are efficient and cost effective. Minarik Drives says their Delta 3 has "saved over 50% in net solder costs!"
Vitronics Soltec
Cleaning Solder Paste Misprint
Cleaning Solder Paste Misprint
What should we do when we find defects in the solder paste print on the second side. We currently scrap the boards when these defects.
Board Talk
Can Solder Joint Geometry Change Resistance?
Can Solder Joint Geometry Change Resistance?
Could solder joint volume, fillet profiles or flux residues result in solder joints with higher resistance and as a result draw more current?
Ask the Experts
Storing Data 1000X Faster Than Fastest Hard Drives?
Storing Data 1000X Faster Than Fastest Hard Drives?
Dutch researchers are using the spin property of electrons to replace the conventional magnetic domains used in traditional disk drives.
Technology Briefing
Optimizing Insulated Metal Substrate Application
Optimizing Insulated Metal Substrate Application
The ever expanding growth in the use of insulated metal substrates (IMS) in power electronics requires a focus on material and mechanical configuration for each application.
Materials Tech
Keep This Plated-Hole Repair Kit Handy
CircuitMedic
Plated holes in circuit boards are easily damaged. This kit includes all the tools and materials needed for plated hole repair.
CircuitMedic
Syringe Dispensed Solder Paste for Hand Soldering
Syringe Dispensed Solder Paste for Hand Soldering
Would you advise using a syringe to dispense solder paste as an alternative to dispensing flux only? What expiration would you apply to the syringes?
Ask the Experts
Touch Screen Assembly Using Adhesives
Touch Screen Assembly Using Adhesives
Paper covers a novel anisotropic conductive film bonding process using ultrasonic vibration for touch screen panel applications.
Production Floor
Will High Humidity Affect Reflow Soldering?
Will High Humidity Affect Reflow Soldering?
Will higher than normal humidity in our facility affect reflow soldering? What impact might it have?
Board Talk
Overloaded Circuits - Why Smart People Underperform
Overloaded Circuits - Why Smart People Underperform
How can you manage the devastating symptoms of attention deficit trait, or ADT, before it impairs the health and productivity of everyone in your workplace?
Technology Briefing
When failure cannot be tolerated, trust IEC
IEC
Your high-reliability electronics must work as intended without failures. Choose IEC as your most trusted source for electronic manufacturing services.
IEC Electronics Corp.
Evaluating Surface Cleanliness
Evaluating Surface Cleanliness
The water break test is easy and practical to conduct and helps you evaluate residues left from adhesives or conformal coating dots.
Analysis Lab
Pin in Paste Plus Preforms to Eliminate Wave Soldering
Pin in Paste Plus Preforms to Eliminate Wave Soldering
Study investigates use and limitations of machine placed solder preforms during the top-side SMT reflow process for PTH components.
Production Floor
Cause of Voids in Leadless Packages
Cause of Voids in Leadless Packages
What is the primary cause of solder voiding in leadless packages such as BGA's?
Ask the Experts
Innovative Impromptu Air Conditioning
Innovative Impromptu Air Conditioning
One July the chiller at an old factory was using more electricity than normal. What was causing the chiller to use more electricity?
Mysteries of Science
Sponsors   »
NEW Micro-line Screen Printing Emulsion
Chromaline
Chromaline's Alpha® emulsions are engineered for Micro-circuits below 100 microns—making tomorrow's next-generation electronics possible.
Chromaline
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
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.
Through Hole Expertise
ECD
Through hole is here to stay but expertise is hard to find. ECD's WaveRIDER® NL2 puts wave soldering processes in control and the "golden board" to rest. Find out more.
ECD
Circuitry and PTH Repair on Multilayer PCBs
CTC
Learn about services to repair severe damage to conductors and plated holes, including damaged holes in multilayer PCBs.
Circuit Technology Center
Leading Supplier of Contact Lubricants
Electrolube
Electrolube has an unsurpassed reputation for the manufacture of specialty lubricants to the automotive, military, aerospace, and industrial manufacturing sectors.
Electrolube Ltd
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.
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
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
Online Manual for Rework, Repair & Assembly
PACE
From component identification to a complete index of industry terms and definitions, the manual covers everything you need to know.
PACE Incorporated
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
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 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
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