Category Archives: Manufacturing

PFAS Regulation in the Electronics Industry: Should We Be Concerned?

by Matthew Chalkley, Supply Chain Management and Operations Consultant; Kelly Scanlon, Director, Environment, Health and Safety Policy & Research, IPC  Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of 4,730 man-made chemicals (OECD, 2018), the two most well-known of which are perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS). PFAS are used in a wide […]

Evolving Policies Reframe Discussion about Flame Retardants in Electronics

By Ajay Persaud, IPC EHS Fellow and Master of Public Health Student at The George Washington University Policy makers in Europe and North America are eyeing a variety of changes to environmental, health and safety regulations to encourage a “circular economy” and reduce the risks of using flame retardants in electronics products. That was the […]

Problem Solving While Innovating: How Electronics Manufacturers are Coping with COVID-19

Those of us in the electronics manufacturing industry are no different than anyone else facing this pandemic – we are not sure of what will happen next, but we are working together to find solutions. IPC President and CEO John Mitchell shares his insights:

Solving the Surface Finish Selection Paradox

By Kunal Shah, Ph.D., LiloTree Surface finish is applied on to copper (Cu) integration scheme on printed circuit boards (PCBs) and semiconductors wafers. Choice of surface finish is critical because the performance and reliability of the electronic assemblies depends on the right selection. There are several options available in the market and one (OEM, PCB […]

USMCA is Just the Start

By Shawn DuBravac, IPC Chief Economist The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) went into effect on July 1, replacing and modernizing the 26-year-old North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In many ways, the USMCA reinforces our continent-wide commitment to some $1.3 trillion in trilateral trade flows, while adding key provisions to bring the agreement into the […]

New Opportunity for Managers Announced, Special Attention to ‘Emerging Managers’

By Tracy Riggan, senior director, Business Development In times like these, effective management skills to navigate uncertainty and fast-paced shifts are critical. Coupled with talent shortages which overburden existing teams, it can be challenging for businesses to build internal mentorship and management training from within. Our members tell us that one of the key areas […]

IPC and ITI Convene Experts and Members to Examine Critical Environmental Requirements for Electronics

Kelly Scanlon, IPC director of environment, health and safety policy and research Last Tuesday, June 9, IPC partnered with the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) to offer an educational conference for the electronics sector on critical environmental requirements. Previous conferences entailed a cross-country roadshow including stops in multiple cities from the East to West coasts. […]

Embrace Disruption – How to Move Forward During Great Change

John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO, discusses how the electronics manufacturing industry can move forward in uncertain times.

IPC Offers Opportunities for Online Learning

IPC offers many opportunities for online learning, providing relevant education to meet the needs of the industry, from operators to engineers and executives. Events Connection (EC) editorial staff talked to Carlos Plaza, IPC director of education development, about how IPC chooses which courses will benefit the industry, and what options are available for students this […]

New IPC Video Explains Electronics Manufacturing’s Importance in Evocative, People-Centered Language and Imagery

A new video from IPC,  shows viewers the many ways “our lives and our communities depend on electronics” and invites them to learn more about “the crucial industry that’s at the heart of the modern world.” The 90-second video features a series of evocative vignettes in which electronics-based devices and systems are making people’s lives safer, […]