Three Cheers for the IPC Technical Committees

IPC President Denny McGuirk’s December 1 Editorial from IPC Intouch

It’s been a very bright year for our standards development activities and, as the year draws to a close, I want to make sure our “unsung heroes” get their congratulations and thanks from the IPC staff, members and Board.

There is no doubt that the contributions of our technical committees have helped IPC and the industry move forward. IPC bestowed 250 awards in 2010 to companies and volunteers who have risen above and done more than their share. Well done!

Four of IPC’s most widely used documents: IPC-A-610, J-STD-001, IPC-A-600 and IPC-7351 were released in 2010, bringing the latest consensus guidance to the industry. To date, our committees and technical liaisons have released 17 new standards and revisions, including a number of completely new standards: IPC-1601 on storage and handling of bare boards; IPC-5704 on cleanliness requirements for bare boards; IPC-1756 on materials process management and IPC-2611, -2612-1, -2612 and -2614, a series of electronic documentation standards. It’s much easier to revise and edit than to start with a completely blank sheet of paper, so I want to give extra kudos for all the extra effort put in to create so many brand new documents.

Extra thanks also go to our training and certification committees for making sure our certification programs are brought up to speed for the new revisions. So far, IPC-A-610 and J-STD-001 certification programs are out and we expect the IPC-A-600 certification program to be out very soon. These programs are used worldwide; more than 65,000 certifications have been issued to date in 68 countries. If you depend on certification for your employees or contractors, please take a moment to think about what these committees have taken on and the huge amount of effort that they’ve put in.

We have a tremendous group of volunteers but they always need more help. Have you ever thought about participating in IPC standards development? Committee participation can take place in meetings, by teleconference or by e-mail. You can lead the committee, write a section, submit comments or just vote. Distance shouldn’t deter you and, indeed, IPC welcomes global input.

Committee members sharpen their negotiation and presentation skills. Members benefit from developing a network of experts with similar interests. In addition, committee participation can help you build your resume and show potential employers that you’re keeping up with technological changes in the industry.

Interested? I hope so. You can attend any committee meeting at IPC APEX EXPIO, but if you don’t want to wait that long, send an e-mail to answers@ipc.org and let them know which committee(s) you’d like to join. In the meantime, please join me in expressing our thanks to our biggest and often unseen contributors.

P.S. Season’s greetings to all celebrating in this holiday season. Happiness, blessings and peace to all of our friends around the world.

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