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The 2016 IPC Hand Soldering World Championship was held concurrently for the first time at the International Printed Circuit & APEX South China Fair (HKPCA and IPC Show 2016) in Shenzhen, China.
Organized by IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries and sponsored by OK International and Metcal, the event saw competitors from around the world—victors from IPC hand soldering competitions in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, France, India, Malaysia, and South Korea—building a functional electronics assembly within a one-hour time limit.
I-Connect007 congratulates all the winners of the competition, with a special note to champion Qiu Ying Tang of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, based in Chengdu, China.
Visit our Real Time with... HKPCA & IPC Show site for video coverage of this event.
Neil Sharp, JJS Manufacturing
As new and innovative technology continues to evolve on a daily basis, the need for electronic components has reached unprecedented levels, with passive manufacturers in particular among those struggling to cope with demand. Electronic component shortages are now such an issue that many OEMs are predicting their forecasted growth for 2018-2019 will be thwarted if they are unable to source the parts they need.
Joe Russeau, Precision Analytical Laboratory, and Mark Northrup, IEC Electronics
Over the last two to three years, there has been considerable discussion within various IPC committees about the role of the ROSE test in today's assembly environment. The transition from predominantly water wash processes to "no clean" has meant the advent of very different flux compositions. The question has been posed as to whether the ROSE test is still a viable option for evaluating PCB and PCBA cleanliness.
Real Time with...IPC
KIC president Bjorn Dahle discusses the smart manufacturing trend in the electronics assembly industry, and how KIC can help their customers with smart manufacturing transitions.