IPC Global Insight
Mar. 24, 2015

Electronics industry upgrades its tech(know)ledgy at IPC APEX EXPO 2015
IPC APEX EXPO 2015 attracted 9,027 total visitors including attendees and exhibitor personnel. More

Your participation needed in IPC military lead-free survey
If you manufacture PCBs or electronic assemblies for military/aerospace applications, IPC requests your participation in this “fast-facts” survey. More

Acceptance testing of low-ag reflow solder alloys
Read an excerpt from a paper that took honorable mention honors as selected by the IPC APEX EXPO 2015 Technical Program Committee. More

STI Electronics, Inc. earns certification as qualified manufacturer to IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610
IPC's Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC J-STD-001, IPC-A-610, and IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to STI Electronics, Inc. (STI), an electronics manufacturer and IPC Training Center based in Madison, Alabama.More

Tech question of the week
Is there a control system that prevents an operator from running an SMT line if they did not pass or go through an ESD test? More

IPC multimedia training — handling in electronics assembly
This training program is designed to help prevent handling defects and reduce scrap. More

IPC video training delivers knowledge
With computer-based training from IPC, you have unparalleled access to a wealth of training videos. This knowledge base covers more than 60 different subjects, ranging from ESD Control to hand soldering, from A-610 standards to wire assembly. More

New releases on standards, translations, market research
View recently released standards including SM-817A, FC-234A, IPC-A-610F, IPC J-STD-001F, IPC-1071A, IPC-8701, IPC-HDBK-630, and translations; market research documents; multimedia presentations; technical papers and more. More

Status of standardization: Standards for ballot and final drafts
View IPC documents under development.More

IPC member milestones
Benchmark Electronics Inc. (Angleton, Texas.), recently celebrated its 25th year as an IPC member. See other companies celebrating membership anniversaries.

New Members
Invest in your company by joining IPC and experience the membership benefits of the industry’s premier global association. Learn more about IPC membership.More

Looking to share your expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of IPC Global Insight, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of IPC, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More

Global industrial robot sales rose 27 percent in 2014
Sales of industrial robots worldwide rose 27 percent in 2014, driven by demand from the automotive and electronics industries, especially in China and South Korea. The International Federation of Robots said about 225,000 robots were sold in the year, almost two-thirds of them in Asia.More

Controlled impedance: A real-world look at the PCB side
Dan Beaulieu writes: When I was a very young man, way back in the taped artwork days of the 1970s, I was a program coordinator at Rockwell’s Maine Electronics in Lisbon, Maine. One of my programs was the Burroughs Scientific Processor created by Burroughs Corporation, based in Paoli, Pennsylvania.More

Health hazards remain in electronics manufacturing
The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, an industry association representing over 100 electronics companies, meets in Brussels to discuss chemical management strategies. More

Study: Electronics industry suffers labor shortage
A new study, published by IPC, finds evidence that a labor shortage exists for electronics manufacturers and that other business issues make the problem worse for some segments of the industry.More

SSD backs up legacy semiconductor manufacturing gear
Electronics Weekly
Solid State Disks has launched an Ethernet-based back-up and restore capability for its family of Compact Flash SCSI-Flash solid-state drives for storage systems on legacy semiconductor manufacturing equipment. More

Neutral cleaning and latest developments in closed-loop control
Cleaning processes that are pH-neutral have become a trend-setter in semiconductor and power-electronics applications, and concentration management is simplified by full closed-loop control. More

1st wide-width R2R sintering system for printed electronics
Printed Electronics World
Xenon Corporation, the world leader in Pulsed Light, has introduced the S-5100 Wide-Width Sintering System, the industry's first wide-width roll-to-roll sintering solution for printed electronics production applications. More