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Brian Wade Wins the IPC Hand Soldering World Championship at the 2014 IPC/APEX EXPO using the New Hakko FX-100 Induction Heat Soldering System

VALENCIA, CA  — Brian Wade, Senior Tech, CAMtek, Inc., Bloomington, IL, competed against eight contestants from around the world to win the IPC Hand Soldering World Championship. The regional competition challenged the contestants to build a functional electronics assembly within 30 minutes, and the world championship challenged the contestants to build a more complicated assembly within 60 minutes.  Brian won the U.S. regional Championship on Wednesday, March 26 to advance to the World Championship on Thursday, March 27.

The new Hakko FX-100 induction heat soldering system debuted at the 2014 IPC/APEX Expo in Las Vegas on March 25-27 and was first put to the test at the IPC Hand Soldering Competition. There were four brands of soldering equipment to choose from—Metcal MX-5200, JBC DM Series, PACE WJS 100 and the Hakko FX-100. 

Chris Stuber, American Hakko Product Manager and IPC Certified Trainer remarked, “We are delighted Brian used our new FX-100 soldering system for the world championship final round. It was the first time Hakko had competed in the IPC hand soldering competition and the FX-100 had never been tested under any production situation before. But we were confident in the performance of the station right out of the box, and Brian proved us right.”

American Hakko awarded Brian Wade with a Hakko FX-100 Soldering System for his achievement.

The assemblies were judged on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E Class 3 criteria, the speed at which the assembly was produced and overall electrical functionality of the assembly. IPC-A-610 Master Instructors served as the judges.

American Hakko Products, Inc. is a manufacturer and supplier of soldering, desoldering, hot air rework and BGA systems, smoke and fume extraction systems, CHP brand hand tools and technical sales training for the electronics manufacturing industry.

CONTACT: American HAKKO Products 28920 Avenue Williams ? Valencia ? California 91355   PH: 661.294.0090 ? Fax 661.294.0096 ?

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