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Metcal to Sponsor First IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition

Feb 06, 2012

OK International has announced that its Metcal brand is the premier sponsor of the First IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition and IPC Hand Soldering Grand Championship, scheduled to take place February 28-29 and March 1, 2012 at the San Diego Convention Center in California.

Jerry Simmons, Marketing Manager, commented, “OK International/Metcal is pleased to sponsor this competition and for the opportunity to promote high-quality soldering standards within the electronics industry. It provides those organizations that claim to be the best‐of‐the‐best at hand soldering with the opportunity to show what they are made of.” 

In further support of the competition, OK International will feature the Metcal MX-5000 Series Soldering System that will be used in the competition in its booth (#1641). Competitors are welcome to stop by the booth to get familiar with the system beforehand if they are not already. Experts from the OK International team will be available at the booth to provide best practice advice and demonstrations of the equipment.

During this two-day competition, companies will compete to build a functional electronics assembly in 30 minutes. Assemblies will be judged on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E Class 3 criteria, the speed at which the assembly was produced and overall electrical functionality of assembly. IPC-A-610E Master Instructors will serve as the judges.

For more information about the competition, visit http://www.ipcapexexpo.org/html/ main/hand-soldering-competition.htm.

For more information about OK International, visit www.okinternational.com.


OK International is a leading global supplier of soldering tools and equipment for production assembly. The product range includes bench top soldering and desoldering tools, array package rework equipment, fluid dispensing systems and accessories, and fume extraction systems.

OK International is committed to understanding the product needs of its customers and supplies professional grade products that are innovative, reliable, price competitive and easy to use. Through a global sales channel, OK International provides expert product support and responsive customer service, with localization to meet regional market needs.

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