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IPC to Crown Best-of-the-Best in the World Hand Soldering Competitions to Get Heated at IPC APEX EXPO

Oct 30, 2012

The heat will be on as skilled competitors go soldering iron to soldering iron at the second annual IPC APEX EXPO® Hand Soldering Competition February 19–20, 2013, at the San Diego Convention Center. Their goal: Build a functional electronics assembly within a 30-minute time limit and earn a coveted spot in the IPC World Championship on February 21.

IPC Master Instructors will judge assemblies on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E, overall electrical functionality of assembly and the speed at which the assembly was produced.
Cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100 will be awarded to the top three finalists. In addition to pocketing $500, the winner will move on to the IPC World Championship to face off with winners from IPC hand soldering competitions around the world, including the United States, China and India. The winner of the IPC Hand Soldering World Championship will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a new Metcal soldering station.

IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition entries will be accepted until January 11, 2013. Competitors will be selected from all submitted entries. Competition spots will be announced and the competitors notified by e-mail on or before January 11, 2013. To submit an entry, go to
The hand soldering competitions will be held on the show floor. A free exhibits-only registration to IPC APEX EXPO provides free access to the exhibition which features more than 400 of the industry’s top suppliers; keynote sessions; technical BUZZ sessions; industry poster presentations and several networking events. To view all IPC APEX EXPO registration options, visit
For more information on all the activities at IPC APEX EXPO, visit

Sponsorship opportunities are available; for more information, contact Mary Mac Kinnon, IPC director of trade show sales, at +1 847-597-2886 or
Special thanks to premier sponsor Metcal and supporters: Vision Engineering and Sovella/Treston.

IPC ( is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,300 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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