Chemical Watch Hosts Webinar on IPC-1754

A must-attend session for those obligated to declare materials content

Next week, Chemical Watch will host the latest addition to its series of free webinars, IPC-1754-AM2: Materials and Substances Declaration for Aerospace, Defence and Other Industries (Thursday 24 September, 15:30 BST), presented by representatives from IPC, Raytheon Technologies and DXC Technology. During the webinar, an expert panel of speakers will explore IPC-1754-AM2, an IPC standard that establishes the requirements for exchanging material and substance data for products between suppliers and their customers – essential information for those in the aerospace, defence, heavy equipment, automotive, electronics and software solution sectors.

Speakers:

– Patrick Crawford,  Manager of Design Standards and Related Industry Programs, IPC

– Tim Sheehan, Engineering Fellow, Raytheon Technologies

– Chuck LePard, Senior Consultant, DXC Technology

Register for webinar

Please note, if you cannot attend the live broadcast, you can still register for the webinar and receive a link to the slides and recording.

U.S. Defense Bills Would Bring Greater Resiliency and Security to Electronics Supply Chains

By John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO

For more than two decades, the United States has turned a blind eye to its shrinking electronics manufacturing base, even as experts in and out of government have warned that the decline has weakened the country’s national security.

In response, both the U.S. House and Senate have included in the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) provisions to bolster the resiliency and security of the electronics manufacturing ecosystem, including printed circuit board (PCB) fabrication and printed circuit board assembly (PCBA).

The NDAA provisions aim to improve the security of electronics purchased by the Defense Department by developing an affirmative list of allied, trusted countries from which the DoD can source those boards and assemblies. The United States should not be sourcing electronics for national security systems from countries it deems a current or potential security threat. Nor should any other country, for that matter.

Today, without this requirement, there are potential national security risks associated with systems that are built with PCBs and PCBAs from sources that are beyond the visibility of the DoD. These risks have been well-documented by the Defense Department and outside experts.

The opposition fears the new requirements will disrupt their established supply chains in countries that are not affirmatively covered. But the provisions explicitly authorize the Secretary of Defense to add countries to the list of locations from which PCBs and PCBAs can be sourced. And, with over $10 billion of PCB manufacturing today in allied countries and the United States, there is ample capacity today to meet DoD demand for military and commercial off-the-shelf electronics.

In addition to down-stream electronics industry support, the provisions have more than four dozen supporting members of Congress from both sides of the aisle in the House and the Senate. Not a single member of Congress has risen in opposition.

Moreover, both the full House and Senate have voted to include these provisions in the bill, so in keeping with committee precedent, the broad parameters of issue are settled.

The NDAA provisions offer the ancillary, but meaningful, benefit of strengthening supply chain resiliency by growing the market for electronics manufactured in the United States and its allies. In fact, U.S. CEOs have indicated a desire to grow their manufacturing operations in the United States but are hedging for the moment. They are waiting for the passage of the NDAA and the demand signal it will send.

As a global organization, IPC supports public policies and industry initiatives that cultivate resilient and secure supply chains everywhere we have members. While we are committed to global commerce and a lowering of trade barriers, we believe that all countries can and should take meaningful steps to shore up trusted supply chains for electronics related to essential government functions such as national security.

Many governments IPC works with appreciate the importance of secure and robust electronics manufacturing and cultivate an environment for it to flourish. The United States is among the exceptions. The NDAA offers the United States an opportunity to begin to follow through on its commitment to a more robust industrial base and unquestioned national security.

 

 

HDP User Group Announces Free Aerospace Electronics Webinar

High-Density Packaging (HDP) User Group is hosting a free webinar that will provide its members and others in the electronics industry the latest information on issues facing aerospace electronics. Worldwide experts in the field will share their knowledge and concerns during the 3-hour webinar, which is open to all interested parties.

“Aerospace electronics pose the most severe use environment in all of the electronics world. This, coupled with the mission-critical aspect of aerospace applications, make it a reliability and performance challenge that can provide valuable insight to all of our members and anyone involved in electronics”, said Marshall Andrews, Executive Director of HDP User Group.

The webinar will be held on November 12, 2020, at 8:00 am US Central Time.

Agenda 8:00 am – 11:00 am US Central Time
Welcome – Larry Marcanti, HDP

Opening of the Webinar by the Moderator
• Martin Cotton – Martin joined HDP in 2018 as European representative. He holds eight patents in PCB design and has held senior positions in OEM, PCB, and materials companies. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Circuit Technology and is active in seminars and educational forums regarding PCB design.

Reliability of HDI PCBs for European Space Agency (ESA) Projects
• Stan Heltzel – ESA

An Overview of Printed Circuit Board Risks and Supplier Capability
• Bhanu Sood – NASA

An Investigation into the Tin Pest Phenomena: Ten Years of Testing Chasing Myths
• David Hillman – Collins Aerospace

The Promise of Heterogeneous Integration
• Jan Vardaman – Tech Search Inc.

How to Give the Fabricator the Best Chance at Success for Creating Reliable Microvia Connections
• Kevin Kusiak – Lockheed Martin

Round Table & Questions

Webinar Close

The Webinar is in the English language.

Please register for webinar log-in and call details by e-mailing your contact info (name, company, e-mail) to one of the following: Kim Andrews at kima77@hdpug.org, Martin Cotton at martinc@hdpug.org or Larry Marcanti at larrym@hdpug.org.

About HDP User Group
HDP User Group (www.hdpug.org) is a global research and development organization based in Cave Creek, Arizona, which is dedicated to “reducing the costs and risks for the Electronics Manufacturing industry when using advanced electronic packaging and assembly.” This international industry-led group organizes and conducts R&D programs to address the technical issues facing the industry, including design, printed circuit board manufacturing, electronics assembly, and environmental compliance. HDP User Group maintains additional offices in Austin, Texas, and Singapore.

Addressing the Skills Gap – IPC Launches New Electronics Workforce Training Courses

John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO, shares how IPC Electronics Workforce Training courses will help IPC members overcome workforce skills gap challenges with essential and value-added coursework that is curated exclusively to address the most difficult-to-fill positions in the electronics industry.

Interested in Chemical and Electronics Product Regulations in Asia-Pacific Countries?

By Kelly Scanlon, IPC Director, EHS Policy and Research

The Asia-Pacific region is home to several of the world’s largest nations and many of its most dynamic economies. The governments in this region have generally established comprehensive environmental, health and safety policy frameworks, with a variety of approaches and enforcement mechanisms.

Because these policy frameworks have so much importance for our members, IPC monitors and engages in selected, high-priority environmental policy matters in the Asia-Pacific region. Most recently, we have focused on RoHS- and REACH-like regulations that may affect the chemicals and electronic products that are manufactured or imported into countries in the region.

To help our members, IPC has created six white papers, each of which highlights the history of chemical regulations, current regulatory systems, recent regulatory updates, and anticipated trends in the following countries:

In addition, we publish news on the latest developments in the weekly Global Advocacy Report and on IPC’s website. We welcome your review and feedback.

Power Your Potential with J-STD-001 for Operators

By Carlos Plaza, director, education development

The IPC Standard, J-STD-001G: Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies, is globally recognized for its criteria on soldering processes and materials for electrical and electronic assemblies. Because J-STD-001 is a critical standard for the industry, IPC Workforce Training created the course, J-STD-001 for Operators, to provide operators, technicians, and other assembly line staff with a practical introduction to the terms, concepts and acceptability criteria found in the standard.

IPC Workforce Training courses are specifically designed to help the electronics industry overcome gaps in workforce skills with essential and value-added coursework that addresses the most difficult-to-fill positions in the electronics industry.

The objective of J-STD-001 for Operators is to enable learners to effectively navigate, locate, and apply the criteria specified in the IPC J-STD-001 standard to the role of assembly line operator, technician, or supervisor. The J-STD-001 Workforce Training program provides engaging videos, activities and quizzes designed to help students learn, remember, and apply criteria to the electronics assembly process. Enrollment in the course is continuous.

Composed of four modules – General Standard Information and Requirements, General Materials, Soldering and Assembly and Produce Assurance Requirements, Wires, Terminals and Component Mounting, and Cleaning, PCB, and Conformal Coating Requirements – this course covers all the requirements assembly line operators, technicians and supervisors need to advance their careers and enrich their technical education. J-STD-001 for Operators takes approximately 6-8 hours to complete and is available in both self-paced and instructor-led versions. Students must complete Electronics Assembly for Operators as a prerequisite to J-STD-001 for Operators.

Details on J-STD-001 for Operators and other IPC Workforce Development Training Programs can be found at: https://training.ipc.org.

 

 

How You Can Get Involved in IPC’s E-Textiles Activities

By Chris Jorgensen, director, IPC technology transfer

ChrisJorgensen@ipc.org

Whether you are actively involved in developing e-textiles technologies for your own products, developing e-textiles products for customers or have a vested interest in e-textiles as part of your product roadmap, IPC has activities to meet your needs.

Participate in IPC E-Textiles Committee Standards Activities

The IPC E-Textiles Committee has many standards projects which you may find of interest. These activities are open to anyone for participation, and your level of participation is entirely up to you. Your involvement as a member of a working group could range from being a member of an A-Team that meets regularly to generate content for standards, to commenting on draft standards, to listening in on meetings as an educational and networking activity.

Committee activities are also a great way to network with others in the e-textiles industry.

Here is a breakdown of activities under the committee:

  • D-71 E-Textiles Joining and Interconnection Techniques Subcommittee

This subcommittee is working on IPC-8941, Guideline for Connectors for E-Textiles, which will be a guidance document for best practices for connecting devices to e-textiles.

  • D-72 – E-Textiles Materials Subcommittee

In October 2019, this subcommittee completed its work on IPC-8921, Requirements for Woven and Knitted Electronic Textiles (E-Textiles) Integrated with Conductive Fibers, Conductive Yarns and/or Wires. IPC-8921 is IPC’s first international standard for e-textiles, and this standard sets the groundwork for other e-textiles standards activities by the committee.

We expect the subcommittee to reconvene soon to revisit the standard for revision based on industry feedback as well as to reference a new IPC standard on conductive fiber, wire, and yarn.

In the meantime, we encourage you to check out IPC-8921, which you can obtain from the IPC online store.

  • D-73a E-Textiles Printed Electronics Design Standard Task Group

This task group is developing IPC-8952, Design Standard for Printed Electronics on Coated or Treated Textiles and E-Textiles. This standard will set design rules for printed electronics on textiles applications, focusing specifically on printing onto textiles or e-textiles which have a coating or treatment.

The task group began work on this standard earlier this year and is in the working draft stage. If  you design or print these technologies, or if you are a supplier of printed functional materials, treatments or coatings used for these technologies, this task group could use your involvement.

  • D-75a-EU E-Textiles Wearables Standard Task Group in Europe

This task group is developing IPC-8981, Quality and Reliability of E-Textiles Wearables, which will set test and reliability requirements for e-textiles wearables. Rather than focus on just one kind of wearable (fashion, military, medical, etc.), this group is establishing generic product classifications for e-textiles wearables so all product types could be covered under the same standard. Test requirements for the classifications will vary based on input from users and manufacturers in those product sectors. This standard will also address washability expectations for the different classes of product.

In addition to these established groups, the committee is also seeking volunteers to work on two new standards:

  • A specification for conductive fiber, yarn and wire for e-textiles applications
  • A specification for e-textiles for high-voltage applications

Propose New Standards Topics

The D-70 Committee is always looking for suggestions from industry for new standards topics. For instance:

  • Design, process guide or reliability for transferring printed electronics onto textiles using heat/pressure
  • Standard for braided e-textiles

New test methods – these could be to support an existing or under-development standard or to address a need in industry.

Attend IPC E-Textiles Virtual Summits

Due to COVID-19, IPC shifted both of our IPC E-Textiles events to virtual formats. Although we wished we could have everyone together in person as we did the past two years, where we saw so much energy and enthusiasm from attendees, going virtual also means there are some benefits to you.

  • We have scheduled U.S. and Europe Virtual Summits to be broken up into morning and afternoon workshops. U.S. workshops will take place on U.S. time, and Europe workshops will take place on local European time. This means we can provide the events as planned for those markets, but it also means that people from across the globe can still participate. For instance, people in Europe can participate in the morning U.S. sessions, and those in the U.S. can participate in the afternoon Europe sessions. Our colleagues in Asia can also participate in the morning European sessions.

    IPC will record all the sessions for registered attendees to watch on-demand after the event.

  • By going virtual, we have the unique opportunity to bring FIVE leading e-textiles laboratories in the US and Europe to your desktop. The Virtual Summits will include demonstrations by the
    • University of Minnesota Wearable Technology Lab
    • Empa – Switzerland
    • Centre for Textile Science and Engineering – Belgium
    • University of West Attica – Greece
    • ENSAIT GEMTEX Lab – France

Registration for each Virtual Summit is just $120 for IPC members and $150 for nonmembers, a fraction of what other groups are charging for their e-textiles virtual events this year.

To view the speakers for IPC E-Textiles 2020 (U.S.) and to register, go to: www.ipc.org/E-Textiles-NA.

The IPC E-Textiles Europe 2020 Virtual Summit Program Committee should announce the speakers for this event shortly. You can still register today at www.ipc.org/E-Textiles-EU20.

Whether you join one of our active working groups, propose an idea for a new standard or participate in one or both of our Virtual Summits, we are certain you will find the education, technical and networking activities to support your e-textiles plans.

 

IPC, Helping You Assess and Manage COVID-19 Risks at Your Workplace

By David Krause, Senior Toxicologist at Healthcare Consulting & Contracting (HC3), and Kelly Scanlon, IPC director of environment, health, and safety policy and research

As the COVID-19 pandemic has persisted, we’ve learned a lot of surprising things about the virus and the disease, as well as how to prevent potential exposures. IPC is alert to the evolving science and government policies, and today we are releasing new information aimed at helping our members assess and manage risks in their workplaces.

In April, IPC hosted a webinar to share the best practices known at that time for worker health protection in the electronics manufacturing industry. We produced a report to address questions regarding screening, physical distancing, and response plans. In May, IPC produced a framework for employers and employees to use when selecting face coverings and masks.

This week, we released a new guidance document aimed at dispelling myths related to COVID-19 infection. Workplace Measures to Manage COVID-19 Risk: Dispelling Myths with Effective Methods answers questions we have received, including those related to cleaning, disinfecting, and contact tracing. We provide answers grounded in science and supported with evidence.

We have also made updates to Face Coverings and Masks: Protecting Each Other on the Job. The update includes new information how different types of face coverings and masks are tested to determine their effectiveness. It also delves into the efficacy of face coverings, masks, and respirators with exhalation valves, which do provide some protection but do not capture as much virus in exhaled breath, resulting in less protection of nearby workers.

If your company is concerned about COVID-19 risk issues, please join us for a free, members-only webinar, COVID-19: Best Practices for Assessing Workplace Risk, on Wednesday, September 9 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Eastern time. This webinar will answer some of the most challenging questions employers and employees are facing right now. IPC will share best practices for assessing workplace risks, as well as resources and tools you can use to navigate the dynamic science and government policies.

What pandemic-related issues are you struggling with? We welcome your questions and will take them into consideration as we prepare the webinar. Please contact Kelly Scanlon with your concerns.

 

Need Training in the Fundamentals of Electronics Assembly?

Look no further than IPC Workforce Development Programs – a series of courses designed to facilitate the long-term retention of practical, job-specific knowledge and skills

By Carlos Plaza, IPC director of education development

IPC Workforce Development courses help IPC members overcome the challenges posed by the skills gap while simultaneously providing opportunities for employees to build skills and enhance their careers.

For example, the Electronics Assembly for Operators course is ideal for students and operators new to the electronics industry as well as current operators and technicians that need to learn or refamiliarize themselves with the fundamental aspects of electronics assembly.

Available online, Electronics Assembly for Operators introduces the key concepts, tools, materials, and processes that operators require for building printed circuit board assemblies (PCAs). Participants can complete the core set of nine modules to receive their certificate of qualification, then select among nine voluntary modules for process-specific training. The nine required and optional modules cover the following topics:

Required Modules

  1. Intro to Electronics Industry
  2. Introduction to Printed Circuit Board Assembly
  3. Overview of the Electronics Assembly & Soldering Processes
  4. Safety
  5. ESD & Product Handling
  6. Component Identification
  7. Drawings, Specifications, and Measurements
  8. Basic PCA/PCB Defects
  9. IPC Standards

Optional Modules

  1. Hand Soldering
  2. SMT Technology
  3. TH Technology
  4. Wire and Cable Preparation
  5. Wires & Terminals Technology
  6. Cables and Harness Technology
  7. Hardware
  8. Conformal Coating
  9. Press Fit

Electronics Assembly for Operators is just one of several current and upcoming IPC Workforce Development courses offered 24/7 through the IPC EDGE Learning Management System. Each course is developed by industry experts and educational specialists to help electronics companies and their employees close the skills gap.

For further information on courses offered, visit: https://training.ipc.org.

 

 

 

 

Trump’s COVID Relief Actions Are a Mixed Bag

By Chris Mitchell, vice president, global government relations

Over the weekend, responding to unsuccessful negotiations with Congress, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) and three memoranda aimed at extending relief to Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The executive actions stretch the bounds of constitutionality, and the size and speed of the aid is likely to be insufficient, keeping pressure on the President and Congress to strike a broader deal.  Look for negotiations to resume in August and a deal potentially in September.

Until then, the President’s executive actions will continue to provoke applause by some and criticism by others.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement, “These Executive Orders build upon on our ongoing implementation of the CARES Act, which is delivering meaningful results for the American people.”

However, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the President’s actions were “unworkable, weak, and far too narrow.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called the President’s actions “absurdly unconstitutional” and said the payroll tax cut that Trump seeks would undermine Social Security and Medicare.

Here’s our rundown of the President’s announcement on Saturday.

Payroll Taxes

One of Trump’s actions was a payroll tax deferral, not a cut as some media reports suggest. It defers the due date for the portion of those taxes paid by employees through December 31 and applies to workers whose gross wages are less than $4,000 on a biweekly basis, or about $104,000 a year.

The action is akin to the Treasury Department’s decisions earlier this year to defer the employer’s portion of the payroll tax and defer the income tax due date to July 15 from April 15. However, the White House cannot forgive taxes without congressional approval, as the Constitution vests the spending and taxing powers in the Congress.

President Trump has said that, if reelected, he will seek to forgive the levy and make permanent cuts to payroll taxes. But to do so, President Trump would need the support of Congress, and Republicans and Democrats both have opposed cutting payroll taxes for not helping the unemployed and compromising the solvency of the Social Security and Medicare programs.

Without the likelihood of a retroactive payroll tax cut, “it is highly questionable whether firms would actually pass the money along to their workers, because it is the businesses that are on the hook for the taxes,” MarketWatch reports.

Unemployment Benefits

President Trump also announced that he was extending “an additional or extra $400 a week” in expanded unemployment insurance benefits. The details are more nuanced.

The previous unemployment benefit passed by Congress provided an additional $600 a week federal bonus on top of state unemployment benefits. Under the President’s action, the federal government would require states to cover 25% of the up-to-$400 benefit. However, most states are in fiscal straits and have drained their unemployment trust funds given the historic number of claims. States are pushing Congress to give them $500 billion in aid to shore up their budgets, so it is unclear how many states could support the 25% match.

Trump also is seeking to use leftover or unspent FEMA funds to pay unemployment benefits. But to leverage those funds, states would need to set up entirely new benefit programs. Because Congress has not authorized an extension of extra federal unemployment assistance, states cannot use those administrative systems to pay the new benefit. Setting up new systems could take months yet getting the $100 in aid from the state is a pre-requisite for tapping the $300 federal benefit.

For these and other reasons, some experts are dubious that the unemployment benefits offered by President Trump will help many people, especially in the immediate future. IPC supports congressional extension of the federal unemployment insurance bonus but has urged policymakers to modify it to promote a return to work among those who safely can.

 Student Loans

President Trump also directed the Education Department to extend the student loan relief granted under the CARES Act through December 31. Currently, loan payments are paused, and interest is suspended on federally held student loans, until September 30.

The relief does not extend to private-sector loans, but there is no question that the President’s decision is squarely within his authority and will help millions of student loan borrowers.

 Evictions 

The President’s latest action does not reinstate the previous moratorium on evictions, which lapsed in July. The original ban covered mortgages backed by federal funds, or roughly 12 million households.

Instead, the executive action calls on the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Director of the Center for Disease Control to consider whether measures temporarily halting residential evictions for failure to pay rent are reasonably necessary to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. It calls on the HUD and Treasury Secretaries to try to identify “any and all Federal funds to provide temporary financial assistance to renters and homeowners” who have been affected by COVID.

Relief Package Outlook

Although the coronavirus relief talks are stalled for now, the Senate remains in session. The majority of senators are not in D.C., and they would have a 24-hour notice to return if a vote is scheduled. However, our sources on Capitol Hill and the White House are telling us it is unlikely that they will reach a deal within the next week and that a bill in late or September is more realistic.

As this situation unfolds, IPC will continue to advocate for your interests and keep you informed via our IPC communications channels. Stay tuned!