Association News: August 2016
New electronics industry market data by subscription
IPC is introducing three new quarterly subscription reports. These exclusive reports provide electronics manufacturers a competitive edge that comes from having solid, timely and reliable market research data. Reports include:
Global Solder Market Report – The report covers trends in solder and flux consumption, including growth rates, tin/lead vs. lead-free ratios, and industry growth outlook for coming year. It will also be available soon in Mandarin Chinese.
PCB Assembly Equipment Market Report – The report includes trends in the equipment market, growth rates, and industry outlook for the coming year.
Global Process Consumables Market Report – The report shows growth rates in the wet chemistry market and industry growth outlook for the coming year.
These reports are based on IPC’s current industry surveys. This means the information subscribers receive is built on reliable data gathered from representative samples of companies. Combining the latest data with insightful graphs, these special reports help electronics industry executives identify opportunities, understand trends, and plan for changes in the business environment.
SMTA Conference program finalized – registration open
The SMTA is pleased to announce that the program for SMTA International is finalized and registration is open. Taking place September 25-29, 2016 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, the conference features 20 workshops, 130 technical papers, and numerous complimentary offerings.
Technical tracks will cover Advanced Packaging Technology; Manufacturing Excellence – process and assembly; substrate (PCB) issues; flux, solder and adhesives; and Inspection Technologies. Engineers from major manufacturing companies like Celestica, Flex, IBM, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Sanmina Corporation, and several universities will present their latest research on critical process improvements, new materials and technologies. One session on Monday afternoon comprised of all women presenters will be followed by a panel discussion on the technical achievements of women, mentoring, and STEM initiatives. Three focused symposia rounding out the technical conference are the Evolving Technologies Summit, Harsh Environments Symposium, and Lead-Free Soldering Technology Symposium.
Twenty half-day educational workshops are offered Sunday and Monday from expert instructors, including eight new courses on DfX, Cleaning, PoP Reliability, Inspection, Surface Finishes, and Process Troubleshooting.
Daniel Kuhl, Vice President of Engineering at Seagate Technology, will keynote the conference with a presentation Tuesday morning on the memory storage explosion and factors influencing global design and architecture, technology progression and infrastructure for manufacturing and validation. Daniel will share current technologies, technology enablers of the future and speak to the memory consumption rate of today and what is anticipated for the future.
IPC Fall Standards Development Committee Meetings are co-located with the conference. The full schedule for IPC committee meetings are on the IPC website. Registration is required.
Over 180 exhibiting companies will display equipment, materials, and services at the Electronics Exhibition, which will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, September 27 – 28. Attendees are invited to join Tech Tours to get an inside look at the latest in placement equipment and inspection technology. Free lunch will also be provided both days on the show floor.
The latest sensing technology and products will be on display at the co-located Sensors Midwest. The two-day expo will feature education, networking, and 65+ exhibitors.
Several events at SMTA International are free to all attendees including Spotlight Sessions with presentations on Solderability Testing Protocols and Component Re-Tinning Methods for the 21st Century, Roadmap Previews, Stencil Printing’s New Tools and Technologies, and more.
For full details and to register for SMTA International:
IPC’s new learning management platform, IPC EDGE
IPC has launched a new learning management system, IPC EDGE. This online learning platform is designed to deliver the education needed to acquire and develop the competitive skills necessary to excel in the electronics industry. Through white papers, webinars, IPC standards, skill development and foundation courses, users gain the flexibility to learn the skills needed to advance their careers and improve the industry.
IPC EDGE consists of dozens of IPC’s most popular courses. The library will continue to grow as additional courses will be added regularly. From entry level personnel to executives, IPC EDGE users will be provided with knowledge that will support learning goals that can be applied directly to their work. This includes preparation for CIS (Certified IPC Specialist) certification, the most recognized certification from IPC in the electronics industry. Users will receive up-to-date information on compliance and regulatory issues, as well as highlights on the latest revisions and updates to IPC’s most popular standards.
From skill development, operator training, and technical knowledge to certification and professional development, IPC EDGE covers all the pertinent areas needed to excel in the electronics industry. Topics covered will include Electrostatic Discharge (ESD), Control for Electronics Assembly, Introduction to Hand Soldering, FOD Prevention in Electronics Assembly, Surface Mount Solder Joint Quality Standards, Counterfeit Components, Component Identification…among many others.