Author Archives: IPC

Seven Highlights from IPC’s SummerCom from a Government Relations Perspective

By Chris Mitchell, Ken Schramko, and Kelly Scanlon, IPC government relations team Last week, IPC hosted SummerCom, our semi-annual standards development committee meetings, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The event brought together thousands of technical experts from around the world to shape the product, manufacturing, and supply-chain standards that guide our industry. The three of us […]

What Every Electronics Company Needs to Know about Environmental Product Requirements

By Kelly Scanlon, IPC Director of Environment, Health and Safety Policy and Research The task of monitoring and complying with environmental, health and safety (EHS) rules that affect electronics companies and their products requires a watchful eye on all levels of government: local, state, national, and international. EHS policies typically carry significant penalties for non-compliance […]

IPC Video Wins Five Awards in 2019

IPC’s award-winning library of training videos on electronics assembly has added five new industry awards during 2019: • Omni Award for Convection Reflow Soldering (120) – Jonathan Vermillion, Ball Corporation/Technical Advisor • Telly Award for Terminal Soldering (118) – Chris Barrett, Safari Circuits/Technical Advisor • Communicator Award for How to Inspect Electronic Assemblies (190) – […]

IPC’s PCB Technology Trends Study Highlights Trends that Will Impact Board Fabricators

By Michael Carano, vice president, technology and business development, RBP Chemical Technology The recent publication of IPC’s 2018 PCB Technology Trends study highlighted several significant trends that will impact the board fabricator going forward over the next five years. Some of the most significant technology trends I see are in the materials segment. We all […]

PCB Fabricators’ Technical Capabilities Exceed OEMs’ Needs in Many Areas, According to IPC Study

By Dennis Fritz, Fritz Consulting Some interesting differences showed up in the board property data reported by the OEMs and PCB fabricators that participated in IPC’s PCB Technology Trends 2018 study. By and large, those differences indicate that PCB fabricators are well positioned to meet many of their OEM customers’ technical needs today, and their […]

North American EMS Market Growth is Slowing, but First-Quarter IPC Report Indicates Growth Opportunities in Some Segments

By Sharon Starr, director, IPC market research The North American electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry continued to enjoy positive year-to-date growth in the first quarter of 2019, but growth rates for both sales and orders are slowing, according to IPC’s first-quarter 2019 North American EMS Market Report. Order growth contrasts sharply with last year’s business […]

IMPACT Washington, D.C. 2019 Recap: Industry Leaders Call for Action on USMCA Trade Deal, Other Pro-Manufacturing Policies

By Chris Mitchell, IPC vice president of global government relations Top executives from electronics companies across the United States were in Washington, D.C., last week to call on the Trump administration and Congress to support policies that will drive the electronics industry’s future growth in North America and worldwide. IPC’s government relations team works year-round […]

Help Build Industry’s Future: Be a Part of IPC’s Emerging Engineer Program

IPC’s Emerging Engineer program provides mentoring and training to assist engineers early in their careers. John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO, explains the benefits in this new video.

Are Regional Differences in PCB Technology as Great as We Think?

By Denny Fritz, Fritz Consulting We keep hearing that Asia is all consumer and automotive electronics and North America and Europe are all high reliability/long life. The findings in IPC’s PCB Technology Trends 2018 study show that these regions are not as different as expected, and the differences we do see are interesting. There are […]

IPC Video Team Shoots Two New Videos at Delta Group Electronics

IPC recently shot two new training videos at Delta Group Electronics in Albuquerque, New Mexico, “Safety in Electronics Assembly” and “Convection Reflow Soldering.” Both of these programs will soon be available in the new IPC EDGE 2.0 Online Video Training Library. Tod Cummins, Delta Group’s Director of Corporate Quality was responsible for arranging and coordinating […]