Comparing Equipment Facilitated by IPC's New Test Kits

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Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the release of two test kits designed to assist users of IPC-9850, Surface Mount Equipment Characterization.

The IPC-9850 document standardizes the parameters, measurement procedures and the methodologies used for the specification, evaluation and continuing verification of assembly equipment characterization parameters. The ANSI-approved standard also establishes the procedures to characterize and document machine placement capability of surface mount assembly equipment while maintaining a placement-accuracy-to-placement-speed relationship.

Both test materials kits, IPC-9850-TM-KW (with white backgrounds) and IPC-9850-TM-K (without white backgrounds), contain all of the materials needed to perform the SMT placement equipment characterization tests to IPC-9850, including:

  • Four IPC-9850 Placement Accuracy Verification Panels
  • One IPC-9850 CMM Measurement Verification Panel
  • 150 IPC-9850 QFP-100 Glass Components
  • 130 IPC-9850 QFP-208 Glass Components
  • 150 IPC-9850 BGA-228 Glass Components
  • One NIST Traceable Measurement Certificate
  • One Custom Storage Case

Technology Information Corp., the kit developer, has included the required NIST certification in order for the kits to meet the highly demanding specifications of IPC-9850.

IPC's Online Store houses a vast library of IPC products, including more than 1,000 standards, publications and training sources on electronics assembly, circuit board fabrication and design; more than 440 technical papers submitted at IPCWorks, IPC Annual Meeting, IPC Printed Circuits Expo and IPC SMEMA Council's APEX technical conferences; and more than 4,000 downloadable technical graphic images.

IPC is a trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its more than 2,300 member companies, which represent all facets of the electronic interconnection industry, including design, printed circuit board manufacturing and electronics assembly. For more information, visit



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