The first IPC World Championship hand soldering competition lived up to its international emphasis, with winners from around the globe. Crowds for that contest, as well as for the IPC APEX EXPO® competition, were constant as associates cheered on their colleagues and show attendees became interested in the matches.
A total of 18 competed in the San Diego side of the contest while there were 9 participants in the global competition. Winners from competitions in China had not been able to travel to the United States in prior years, so representatives from the past three years all came to this global contest. They competed against victors from two contests held last year, at IPC Midwest and the IPC Northeast regional competition, as well as the winner of the competition at IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego.
The long trip from China was worthwhile for Fu Chunyan of Beijing Railway Signal Co. Ltd. who won first place. She won a $1,000 cash prize and a new Metcal soldering station. Second place went to Viengkeo (Gail) Sourivongs of Connecticut-based Imperial Electronic Assembly. The third place prize went to Wang He of China’s Changchun Institute of Optics.
In the IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition that preceded the world championship, first place went to Katie Chanla from Imperial Electronic Assembly. Second place was won by Laurie Stilwell, also from Imperial Electronic Assembly, while Penny Mendez won third place.
The conference was sponsored by Metcal, Alpha, EPTAC, and Pace Worldwide, with support from Sovella/Treston and Vision Engineering.
IPC hand soldering contests are expanding internationally. Vietnam and Korea have joined in the fun, while several other Asian groups are considering the competitions.