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IPC Hand Soldering Competition to “Heat Up” productronica 2017

Sep 28, 2017

In cooperation with productronica 2017, IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® is presenting its very popular Hand Soldering Competition in Hall A1, stand 307 at this year’s event. Skilled competitors will demonstrate their soldering skills, on 14 – 16 November, as they compete for cash prizes: 1st place — €300; 2nd place — €200; 3rd place — €100. New this year, IPC will feature the World Hand Soldering Championship on 17 November, 2017, with the regional winner from productronica and competitors from around the world. The winners of the IPC HSC World Championship will receive cash awards amounting to: 1000€ to the winner, 500€ for the runner up and 300€ for third place. The awards will be presented Friday, 17 November at 14:00 in the SMT speakers corner Hall A1, stand 220.

Hand soldering of high density printed boards demands highly skilled operators to ensure a zero-defect soldering process, and this competition will recognize the best skills in hand soldering complex printed board assemblies. Over three days, participants will compete against each other to build a functional electronics assembly within a 60-minute time limit.

Assemblies will be judged on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610F Class 3 criteria, the speed at which the assembly was produced and overall electrical functionality of the assembly. IPC-A-610 Master Instructors from IPC licensed master training centers will serve as the judges.

Competition entries will be accepted until 1 November, via this link: hsc-productronica. Participation is limited and competitors will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information contact Lars Wallin, IPC European representative, at LarsWallin@ipc.org.

IPC thanks Hand Soldering Competition Gold Sponsors: JBC Tools, Kurtz Ersa, Weller; Silver Sponsors: Almit GmbH, Balver Zinn GmbH, and NCAB Group; Bronze Sponsors: IFTEC, PIEK International Education Centre, Optilia, MicroCare, ULT and Weidinger; and contest Contributor Sponsor: Microsolder, for their support.

Stop by Hall A1, stand 307, to see the competition or visit with IPC staff to learn about IPC standards, membership and other IPC products.


IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 4,200 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, GA.; Brussels, Belgium; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.

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