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IPC MW Moves to August
Bannockburn, IL — IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition is scheduled for August 22-23, 2012, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, Schaumburg, IL. A valuable forum for education, business development and networking, IPC Midwest will highlight the new technologies, materials and processes in electronics manufacturing to help engineers solve their challenges and work smarter.
IPC Midwest's two-day exhibition will star the electronics manufacturing industry's top suppliers as well as companies in advanced microelectronics, aerospace and military, automotive, medical and industrial equipment and devices, telecommunications and other industries.
Some of the world's leading experts will share the latest research on manufacturing defect-free, quality electronic products in the two-day technical conference. The paper sessions will address reliability challenges for bottom termination components; advances in reliability testing; new assembly coatings and alternatives; innovative assembly processes for improving yields, service life and reliability; and performance characteristics of assembly process soldering materials.
IPC Midwest will also host valuable standards development meetings. More than 75 volunteer groups will meet to discuss and develop industry standards in areas from assembly and joining, base materials and cleaning and coating to embedded devices, high speed/high frequency interconnections and testing. A complete list of committee meetings taking place is available at
In addition, this year's special events include a free opening session on Nanotechnology and Electronics Assembly, a reception on Wednesday to meet IPC's new President and CEO John W. Mitchell, and the second annual IPC Midwest Hand Soldering Competition.
Participants will compete against each other to build a functional electronics assembly within a half-hour time limit to ultimately determine who the best-of-the-best is in the Midwest.
"Our inaugural event last year was a great success and more importantly, the participants had a lot of fun," says Kris Roberson, manager of assembly technology at IPC. "We're expecting a great turnout this year and anticipating some fierce hand-to-hand combat, so to speak."
"Many companies in the Midwest take pride in how many IPC Certified Specialists they have on staff and this event is a fun and friendly way to give them an opportunity to let their staff shine," adds Roberson.
IPC Master Instructors will judge hand-soldered assemblies in accordance with IPC-A-610E Class 3 criteria, the overall electrical functionality of assembly and the speed of assembly.
In addition to pocketing a cash prize of $500, the winner will own bragging rights as the Best Hand-Soldering Technician in the Midwest for 2012. Prizes of $250 and $100 will be awarded to two runners up. Competition entries will be accepted until July 20, 2012. For more information on the hand soldering competition,
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