Category Archives: Boards

EPA, Industry Come Together in Visit to TTM Facility

By Kelly Scanlon, director, EHS policy and research IPC member TTM Technologies is proud to show off the new wastewater-treatment system at its Sterling, Virginia plant, which is helping to enhance the company’s pollution prevention and resource recovery performance. Last week, a group of staff members from the U.S. EPA’s Smart Sectors Program and Office […]

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 […]

IPC’s PCB Technology Trends Study Details How PCB Manufacturers Meet Current and Future Technology Demands

PCB Technology Trends 2018, a new global study published by IPC is now available. The survey-based study shows how printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturers are meeting today’s technology demands and looks at the changes expected by 2023 that will affect the whole industry. Based on data from 74 companies worldwide, the 213-page report presents data […]

North American PCB Sales Growth Stays Strong, Order Growth Slows

IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for March 2019 BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, April 29, 2019 — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the March 2019 findings from its North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Year-over-year growth in March was strong for sales but slipped into negative territory for orders, while the book-to-bill […]

IPC Subcommittee to Host Open Forum on Weak Microvia Interface During IPC APEX EXPO

The IPC V-TSL-MVIA Weak Interface Microvia Failures Technology Solutions Subcommittee, formed this year, is working to identify the risks, causes, and mitigation of failures due to a weak interface between the plated copper at the bottom of a microvia and the underlying copper surface. The activity grew out of the development of IPC-WP-023, a white […]

Are You Concerned About Counterfeit Electronics in Your Supply Chain?

by John Mitchell, IPC President and CEO Many IPC members have expressed to me their ongoing concern about the proliferation of counterfeit electronics. The intrusion of counterfeit electronics into the supply chain is a threat to the reputation and operations of every electronics manufacturer. Several months ago, I had the opportunity to receive a tour […]

IPC Hosts Workshop on the Future of the Defense Electronics Industry

On Friday, October 19, more than 40 industry executives participated in a day-long discussion on the defense electronics industrial base in Bannockburn, Illinois. IPC—in partnership with WHMA and ECIA—organized the event to support the ongoing effort by the Department of Defense (DoD) to assess the U.S. defense electronics industrial base. Pursuant to Section 845 of […]

Delta Group Electronics Hosts IPC Video Productions

Delta Group Electronics in Albuquerque, N.M. recently hosted the production of two new IPC Training Videos: Handling During Electronics Assembly and How to Inspect Electronic Assemblies. The week-long video shoot was arranged by Delta Group’s Director of Corporate Quality, Tod Cummins. Production coordination was provided by Irene Romero, QA Manager and Master IPC Trainer (MIT). […]