Category Archives: electronics

Interview with Kate Stees – An Emerging Engineer

What better way to learn about the electronics industry than from real people successfully pursuing their careers in great companies? Charlene Gunter du Plessis, Senior Director of the IPC Education Foundation talked to Kate Stees, a Materials and Process Engineer at Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control in Ocala, Florida. Kate currently works in the […]

IPC Responds to COVID-19

John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO, provides information on how IPC and the electronics manufacturing industry are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Important Advocacy Opportunity: How Is Your Company Affected by US EPA Action on High-Priority Substances?

By Kelly Scanlon, director, environment, health and safety policy and research, IPC The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released “scoping documents” for its upcoming reviews of certain high-priority chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 6(b). Your review of these documents is important because scoping is the foundation of the risk evaluation […]

Real-time Update on Electronics Manufacturing and COVID-19 – April 6, 2020

As health officials around the globe struggle to “flatten the curve” of coronavirus cases, the electronics manufacturing industry continues to face ambiguous operating restrictions, uncertain economic conditions, abnormalities in supply chains, and greater gaps in the workforce. Over the past week, IPC has continued to monitor the health of the electronics manufacturing industry amid the […]

The Coronavirus Outbreak Will Likely Impact New Product Introductions

By Shawn DuBravac, IPC chief economist and Matt Kelly, IPC chief technologist According to IPC’s recent Coronavirus impact study (March update), roughly 22 percent of electronics manufacturers and suppliers reported that the coronavirus outbreak will result in fewer new product introductions (NPIs) in 2020. In a normal year, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) would be readying […]

Electronics Supply Chain in Flux Due to Tariffs, Epidemic, Other Factors

by Shawn DuBravac, IPC chief economist Over the last year, electronics manufacturers have been adjusting their supply chains, driven by a variety of factors but especially trade tensions between the United States and China and the growing expectation that higher tariffs between the U.S. and its partners may be “the new normal.” More recently, the […]

Key Takeaways from IPC APEX EXPO 2020 from a Government Relations Perspective

By Chris Mitchell, vice president, global government relations IPC APEX EXPO is always a fascinating kaleidoscope of electronics manufacturing excellence, and APEX EXPO 2020 was no exception. Most of the show’s content is relatively technical in nature. But it all comes down to making amazing things possible for the industry’s customers. Here are my top […]

Delta Group Electronics Hosts Production of IPC Wire Crimping Video

By Mark Pritchard, director, media training Delta Group Electronics of Dallas, Texas hosted the production of a new IPC video on Wire Crimping, December 9-12, 2019. This is the sixth IPC video that Delta Group Electronics has hosted. Four of these videos have already won industry awards for video training. Safety in Electronics Assembly – […]

Where Can you Find a Suitable Surface Finish for 5G, High Frequency, and High-Density Applications?

By Kunil Shah, Ph.D., chief scientist, LiloTree The advent and ongoing evolution of internet-enabled mobile devices has continued to drive innovation in the manufacturing and design of technology capable of high-frequency/high-density electronic signal transfer. The combined requirements for both fast, always-on data transmission, and small geometric form-factors can be difficult to satisfy without compromised performance […]

Three Workforce Lessons from Manufacturing Plants Around the World

By John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO The U.S. economy has remained surprisingly resilient, and the result has been that the country’s unemployment has continued to inch lower. It’s now at 3.5 percent, the lowest rate since 1969, and that rate could go even lower as the U.S. boasts more than 7 million job openings. […]