Association News – July 2017

IPC submits comments to Trump Administration regarding modernization of NAFTA

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® submitted comments to the U.S. Trade Representative on the administration’s upcoming negotiations with Canada and Mexico on NAFTA.

IPC has more than 4,000 members in more than 60 countries, with nearly 2,200 in the United States, 150 in Canada, and about 60 in Mexico. Many of IPC’s members rely on the global supply chain for raw materials, equipment, research and development, human talent, assembly, testing and distribution; and many rely on access to international markets to sell their products and services.

“It is vital for IPC members and our members’ customers that a free flow of goods continues between the United States, Canada, and Mexico,” says the group’s letter to the Trump administration. “Our members operate in a global economy, and the reduction of trade barriers and opening of markets will allow them to be more competitive and contribute to the growth of the U.S. Economy.”

With respect to NAFTA specifically, the association suggests four priorities, including fully opening markets in Canada and Mexico; protecting intellectual property rights; providing for better customs and trade facilitation; and reducing tariffs.

SMTA launches partnership with Thayer School of Engineering

The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) and Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College are pleased to announce the launch of a new collaboration to provide professional development training workshops through the SMTA organization. The new partnership will serve the needs of individuals seeking certifications in the area of Lean Six Sigma, Leadership, and Quality training. In addition, the workshops will be made available directly to SMTA members, corporations and other organizations with the goal to enhance employee performance and provide management training. “We are very excited to be partnering with Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College,” said SMTA Conference and Education Manager, Jenny Ng. “Our partnership is designed to provide program participants access to internationally renowned, industry-oriented learning and certification from one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world.”

“There is clearly a need for continuing professional development during a career lifetime and our programs will enhance employee engagement, staff retention and increase performance. These workshops will help our members and other companies align with the demands of the modern workforce, leveraging innovative education collaborations and distance learning technologies.” Dr. Ron Lasky, Director of Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth says that professional development initiatives are applicable to: “Building knowledge and developing the skills for career advancement that are essential, and our programs provide a flexible path to earn these valuable credentials.” The ability to offer our programs in a combination of live-online and in-classroom instruction provides a convenient learning process that encourages dialog, involvement and support. Improving and expanding professional skillsets is an asset that has indispensable value for employers as well as employees.”

This training initiative provides a user-friendly web-based interface and direct access to instructors with deep industry expertise. These workshops offer corporate clients and individuals access to a variety of specific training. “Our commitment is to maintain the superior quality of our program, regardless of the methods we choose to deliver content.” – Dr. Lasky SMTA – A Global Association Working at a Local Level The SMTA membership is an international network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies, including microsystems, emerging technologies, and related business operations.

IPC Hand Soldering Competition winner crowned at SMT Hybrid Packaging 2017

The competition was fierce as 34 competitors participated in the IPC’s Hand Soldering Competition at SMT Hybrid Packaging 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany. Taking first place and a cash prize of €300 was Elaine Chesnais, Thales International, who earned 433 points out of a possible 437. Chesnais was the second-place winner at SMT in 2016.

Second place and a cash prize of €200 this year went to Aurelie Buret, Thales International. Ekatarina Stahlmann, Grundig Business Systems, took third place and a cash prize of €100. Ekatarina Stahlman is not new to the IPC Hand Soldering Competition at SMT Hybrid Packaging Exhibition as she was the first-place winner in 2015 and 2016.

Participants in the hand soldering competition were tasked with building a functional electronics assembly, a new design this year, within a 60-minute time limit. Master Instructor Trainers Rob and Stefan Walls, PIEK, and Hubert Huffschmitt, IFTEC, served as independent judges and evaluated each assembly based on workmanship, overall functionality, compliance with IPC-A-610 Class 3 criteria and speed to complete the PCB.

“The best-of-the-best hand soldering talent in Europe came to compete at this event,” said David Bergman, IPC vice president of international relations. “The competition was tough, but each competitor rose to the challenge. We look forward to hosting more hand soldering competition across the globe.”

Bergman added, “IPC would like to thank hand soldering competition gold sponsors: JBC, Kurtz Ersa, and Weller; silver sponsors: Almit, Balver Zinn, and NCAB Group; bronze sponsor: Piek; IFTEC and ULT and contest contributors: Mircosolder for their support.”


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