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STI Electronics' Mel Parrish to Chair the Product Assurance Planning Meeting at APEX 2012

Jan 26, 2012

Mel Parrish, STI's FSO/Director of Training Materials,FSO/Director of Training Materials

Mel Parrish, STI's FSO/Director of Training Materials,FSO/Director of Training Materials

STI Electronics, Inc., a full service organization providing training, electronic and industrial distribution, consulting, laboratory analysis, prototyping, and small- to medium-volume PCB assembly, announces that Mel Parrish, FSO/Director of Training Materials, will chair the Technical Activities Executive Committee (TAEC) meeting at the upcoming IPC APEX EXPO, scheduled to take place Feb 28-March 1, 2012 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. The Product Assurance committee will take place during the Management Session of the Standards Development Meetings on Monday, February 27, 2012 from 8-9 a.m.

This meeting is by invitation for the Product Assurance Technical Committee Chairs to promote cooperation and standardization throughout the various standards development committees. Additionally there is an opportunity to collaborate and pool resources on upcoming projects.

This committee provides a forum for the exchange of information and for the preparation of guidelines and standards in the following areas:

  • Automated optical inspection
  • Printed board acceptability
  • Printed board assembly acceptability
  • Cable and wire harness assemblies
  • Inspection aids
  • Quality assurance
  • Incoming inspection of raw materials
  • Clean rooms
  • Repairability

No stranger to IPC volunteer work, Parrish has been active in IPC technical committees for more than 25 years. He chairs the IPC Product Assurance General Committee, responsible for oversight of documents such as IPC-A-600, IPC-A-620 and IPC-A-610. Parrish has been a member of the TAEC and Committee Chairman Council (CCC) for more than 10 years, and is a past recipient of the IPC President’s Award, and Chairman of the Board in recognition of his leadership and technical contributions.

After retiring from his work as an electronics curriculum developer for the Air Force, Parrish continued to work with standards development and training as President of Manufacturing Technology Training Center (MTTC) and worked with the Navy at China Lake during the generation of WS-6536 through MIL-STD-2000. In addition to his IPC Master Instructor status for IPC-A-610, IPC-A-620, J-STD-001, Parrish has previous DoD certifications for WS-6536, DOD-STD-2000 and MIL-STD-2000.

Complementing his expertise in electronics technology and production, Parrish has more than 30 years of experience in workforce development, skills standards, curriculum design and development, and management for electronic technology and production disciplines.

For more information about the IPC Technical Activities Executive Committee and other IPC committees, visit www.ipc.org/committees. For more information about STI Electronics, Inc., visit www.stielectronicsinc.com.


Since 1982, STI Electronics, Inc. (STI) has been the premier full service organization for training, consulting, laboratory analysis, prototyping, and small- to medium-volume PCB assembly in the electronics industry. STI also produces a complete line of solder training kits and training support products. Additionally, the company distributes products for the electronics and industrial markets. For more information, visit www.stielectronicsinc.com.

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