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IPC Midwest Spotlights New Resources and Solutions to Reliability Challenges in Electronics Manufacturing Registration Now Open

May 15, 2012

 IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition will be held August 22–23, 2012, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.  A valuable forum for education, business development and networking, IPC Midwest will highlight the new technologies, materials and processes in electronics manufacturing to help engineers solve their challenges and work smarter. Registration is now open at 

IPC Midwest’s two-day exhibition will feature electronics manufacturing’s top suppliers to companies in advanced microelectronics, aerospace and military, automotive, medical and industrial equipment and devices, telecommunications and other industries. Admission to the exhibit floor is free to pre-registrants.

Some of the world’s leading experts will share the latest research on manufacturing defect-free, quality electronic products in the two-day technical conference. The paper sessions will address reliability challenges for bottom termination components; advances in reliability testing; new assembly coatings and alternatives; innovative assembly processes for improving yields, service life and reliability; and performance characteristics of assembly process soldering materials.

IPC Midwest will also host valuable standards development meetings. More than 75 volunteer groups will meet to discuss and develop industry standards in areas from assembly and joining, base materials and cleaning and coating to embedded devices, high speed/high frequency interconnections and testing. A complete list of committee meetings taking place is available at

In addition, this year’s special events include a free opening session on Nanotechnology and Electronics Assembly, a reception on Wednesday to meet IPC’s new President & CEO John W. Mitchell, and the second annual IPC Midwest Hand Soldering Competition.

IPC Midwest is a unique opportunity to attend a comprehensive industry event in a convenient regional location,” said Alicia Balonek, IPC director of trade show operations. “All under one roof, participants can discover the latest advances in electronics manufacturing as well as shop and compare equipment and processes for their unique needs, saving them valuable time and travel expenses."

In addition to offering free exhibits-only registration, IPC Midwest has special registration packages that provide comprehensive educational opportunities. To view all registration options, visit Individuals who register by July 20 can save 20 percent on registration fees.

IPC Midwest is produced by IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries®. Complete show details are available at For information on exhibiting, contact Maria Labriola, IPC manager of trade show sales, at IPC will also host the IPC Executive Summit, “Electronics in the Fast Lane: How High Speed Technologies are Changing the Game,” August 21–22, 2012. For more information, visit  

IPC ( is a global trade association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,100 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 $2.02 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore, India; and Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing, China.

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