Change and Constancy

September 1 IPC Review Editorial by IPC President Denny McGuirk

By now, you may have heard the news that I am leaving IPC. My last day will be November 1. On one hand, I will remain part of our industry as I am leaving to become president of SEMI. On the other, I will be moving not only 1,800 miles away, but also to a different part of the supply chain! I will have more farewells in our October InTouch issue. In the meantime, I want to assure you that the management and Board of IPC are strong and committed to supporting the industry and meeting your needs.

As our Board and committees grapple with the issues facing our industry, corporate social responsibility programs and environmental regulations continue to be the biggest drivers for change in our industry. IPC is concerned about policies that are not science-based arising from issues like lead free, RoHS, conflict metals, and halogens. These issues are changing supply chain relationships, adding to industry costs and introducing uncertainty into the quality and reliability of our products.

We continue to represent the industry’s interests on the issues that impact our members worldwide. Through the IPC Government Relations committee, we have identified critical issues affecting the industry in Canada and established a mutually beneficial alliance with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. In Europe, IPC worked with Burson-Marsteller, a leading communications and government affairs firm, to defeat a ban of brominated flame retardants (BFRs). To represent the industry’s interests in the United States, IPC is working with Prime Policy Group. Guided by the Government Relations Committee, the Environmental Health and Safety Committee, our board and our councils, IPC will continue to advocate for our members wherever we are needed.

On the technical front, we continue to make headway into new areas for standards such as printed electronics, solar technology and enclosures. I am happy to congratulate the contributors to the new IPC-CH-65B, Guidelines for Cleaning of Printed Boards & Assemblies. The cleaning guidelines have been completely rewritten and address all facets of cleaning. The 200-page document not only brings cleaning requirements up to date, it also combines multiple documents into a single, comprehensive guideline. Well done!

As the summer ends in the United States and the kids head back to school, consider your own education with a trip to IPC Midwest later this month. With a technical conference featuring test and measurement, thermal cycling reliability and challenges with bottom termination components, and three half-day courses, you’ll build your skills and gain relevant information to boost productivity and quality.

IPC is your resource, now and in the future. As I wrap up my time here, I am confident that I am leaving you with a partner dedicated to your success and excellence.

 

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