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IPC NEWS

4 IPC Global statistical programs now open
IPC
IPC's global statistical programs for the laminate, solder, process consumables and assembly equipment industries are now open to new participants for 2015.
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High Frequency Dk and Df test methods comparison
IPC
Read an excerpt from the paper that took best paper honors as selected by the IPC APEX EXPO 2015 Technical Program Committee.
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New IPC study sheds light on labor shortage in North American electronics industry
IPC
A new study published by IPC finds evidence that a labor shortage exists for electronics manufacturers and that other business issues make the problem worse for some segments of the industry.
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IPC crowns winner of hand soldering world championship
IPC
Completing the championship round with a nearly perfect score of 247 points out of 248, Min Seok Kim, Samsung Thales Company Limited (Korea), was crowned champion.
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Congressman Tim Walz tours Creation Technologies in Minnesota
IPC
Coordinated by IPC, Rep. Walz’s visit is part of a nationwide effort to educate policymakers about legislative and regulatory issues that affect the electronics manufacturing industry.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Optically Clear, Low Viscosity Epoxy

Master Bond EP62-1LPSP is a two component epoxy that features an exceptionally long working life of 12-24 hours at ambient temperatures. Its thin consistency, long open time and low exotherm allows this system to be used for moderate and larger sized electrical encapsulations.
 


Tech question of the week
IPC
What devices are being used to inspect co-planarity of gull wing devices prior to and post soldering?
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IPC multimedia training — lead-free hand soldering
IPC
This training program teaches the differences between tin-lead and lead-free hand soldering.
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IPC video training delivers knowledge
IPC
With computer-based training from IPC, you have unparalleled access to a wealth of training videos. This knowledge base covers over 60 different subjects, ranging from ESD Control to hand soldering, from A-610 standards to wire assembly.
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New releases on standards, translations, market research
IPC
View recently released standards including SM-817A, FC-234A, IPC-A-610F, IPC J-STD-001F, IPC-1071A, IPC-8701, IPC-HDBK-630, and translations; market research documents; multimedia presentations; technical papers and more.
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  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
PARMI — Smarter SPI — Real ROI

We’re engineering more than good board – bad board finders. From analyzing SPI data in real time, to providing corrective action to operators and repairing insufficient paste deposits, you can expect a lot more from a PARMI SPI. See us at APEX Booth #935 for a demonstration!
Custom Engineered Tooling for Odd Components

With over 24 years of experience, Count On Tools has the professional expertise and manufacturing flexibility to be able to develop custom engineered SMT nozzles & tooling to solve your pick-and-place issues! Available for LEDs, 0201/01005 micro-components, connectors, switches, buttons, pins, clips, shields, labels, heavy, oversized, and more! Solutions for any application on any OEM platform.
Mentor Graphics® PCB Manufacturing Solutions

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Status of standardization: Standards for ballot and final drafts
IPC
View IPC documents under development.
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IPC member milestones
IPC
Miraco, Inc. (Manchester, N.H.), recently celebrated its 15th year as an IPC member. See other companies celebrating membership anniversaries.

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Invest in your company by joining IPC and experience the membership benefits of the industry’s premier global association. Learn more about IPC membership.

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Electromagnetic Conformance Testing
Advanced Assembly
Over the last century, the use of the electromagnetic spectrum has undergone a monumental change. What was, at the end of the 1800s, an unregulated, sparsely populated band of electromagnetic waves has today become a highly regulated, extremely saturated region. All wireless communications today need to fit into their appropriated portion of the spectrum, whether it is for television, cell phones, military communications, or amateurs. In the United States, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) was formed in 1934 to regulate all wired and wireless communications and as a part of that regulation, they require testing on certain products.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


February shows slowing growth in US manufacturing — Will it continue?
By Alan Kelsky
Economic headlines recently announced that the rejuvenation of the United States manufacturing sector is on the skids. But is manufacturing declining, or is this merely a blip on the radar? According to the latest research by the Institute for Supply Management, factory activity in February fell from 53.5 in January to 52.9 — its lowest point since January 2014, a 13-month low. However, any index number above 50 is an indicator of an expanding manufacturing sector.
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Dyson invests $15M in Michigan battery tech firm Sakti3
Tech Crunch
Batteries are often still the main limiting factor when it comes to most electronic devices we use every day, and that includes electric vehicles. That’s why Dyson has invested $15 million into Sakti3, a Michigan-based firm that is developing a solid state battery tech that theoretically has much higher energy density than the current, liquid-based lithium-ion tech used in smartphones, notebooks, and Dyson’s handheld cordless vacuums.
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Auto to be growth leader in semis
Electronics Weekly
Although they are only a small part of the semiconductor industry, automotive ICs will lead semiconductor market growth this year, reports IC Insights. Splitting auto ICs into two segments — auto special purpose logic and auto application specific analogue — IC Insights forecasts the logic to grow 15 percent this year and the analogue to grow 12 percent.
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Advanced printing for microelectronic packaging
SMT007
Electronic packaging has been a stable research topic since the vacuum tube era. These were physically large and fragile devices and typically the electronic connection was a mechanical socket that ensured good contact over a large surface area.
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Computers and monitors are targets of latest energy-efficiency rules
Los Angeles Times
California regulators are intensifying efforts to wring every possible electron out of common household devices. This time, the focus is on cutting the use of electricity by power-hungry computers and monitors.
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The evolution of Steve Jobs
Fast Company
Wunderkind. Jerk. Innovator. Tyrant. All of the above. Even now, almost four years after his death, it’s hard to read a story about Steve Jobs that doesn’t rely on these kinds of generic labels to explain his character, that doesn’t paint him as an obstreperous ingrate who never changed, who cowed coworkers and competitors with an almost magical "reality distortion field."
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Passive optical components market to hit $38B by 2019
EIN007
Transparency Market Research announces the release of a report titled “Passive Optical Components Market — Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014-2020.” The report states that the worldwide market for passive optical components stood at $10.01 billion in 2013.
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Driving the digital manufacturing transformation
Automation World
Many announcements of government initiatives to bolster industry or technology research and application are often not much more than that — announcements. Years after such announcements it can often be difficult to find much evidence of anything tangible happening after the announcement aside from numerous meetings and project plans, the actualization of which can be difficult to determine.
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2 worst mistakes in electronics product design
EE Times
If you're working with a contract manufacturer here are two big mistakes to avoid. Over 25 years of manufacturing niche electronics products for a wide range of target industries, we've seen it all. Unfortunately, that means that we continue to witness some of the same heart-stopping and product-killing mistakes again and again.
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IPC CALENDAR

Date Event Location
April 29–30 IMPACT 2015: IPC on Capitol Hill Washington, D.C.
May 13-14 DFX-Design For Excellence (DFM, DFA, DFT and more)
Best Practices in Fabrication
Fort Worth, Texas


 



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