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A Look to the Future in the Electronics Industry at IPC APEX EXPO® 2013

Jan 19, 2013

The latest innovations in electronics manufacturing will be showcased at IPC APEX EXPO®, February 19-21, 2013, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. Industry professionals from more than 50 countries will gather to learn about emerging technology, stay a step ahead of the competition and review new products at the largest electronics manufacturing exhibition in North America.

More than 400 exhibitors will be on hand to highlight new products and services to help companies gain efficiency, save money and improve their bottom lines. The exhibition will feature suppliers for printed electronics, printed boards and electronics manufacturing, with top categories including test/inspection systems; pick and place; rework/repair; and production hand tools and fixtures plus adhesives/dispensers and more. New this year is the New Product Corridor, which gives attendees a sneak preview of groundbreaking equipment, materials and services.

The IPC APEX EXPO technical conference, February 19-21, is known around the world as the finest and most selective forum for new research and innovations presented by industry leaders in the areas of board fabrication and design and electronics assembly. More than 30 poster sessions will feature dozens of papers on new advances in the areas of lead-free alloys and reliability; high temperature laminates; halogen-free; counterfeit components and large BGA reliability.

APEX 2013 Featured Exhibitors

SpeedPrint Technology - Booth # 1245

Manufacturer of full functionality in-line automatic Stencil Printers.

SP710 Screen Printer

Designed to cope with the rigors of high volume SMT production whilst incorporating the flexibility needed in high-mix, quick product set-up & changeover environments.

Europlacer North America - Booth # 901

Manufacturer of a comprehensive range of highly flexible SMT pick and place systems.

ii-Feed - Tape Feeding Solution

ii-Feed is the newest tape feeding solution for Europlacer machines. ii-Feed is both faster and embeds many new features such as a component range that begins at 01005.

Kyzen Corporation - Booth # 1401

Manufacturer of award winning cleaning chemistries for electronics and advanced packaging applications.

AQUANOX® A4639 - Aqueous Cleaning Fluid

An engineered aqueous cleaning fluid that is effective on a wide range of soils at low operating temperatures and concentrations.

Heller Industries - Both # 1109

Manufacturer of reflow soldering ovens for automated SMT PCB assembly.

Mark 5 - 100% Forced Convection Reflow Oven

With up to 40% reduction in nitrogen and electrical consumption, the MK 5 system is not only the premier reflow soldering system but the best overall value in the industry!

Finetech (parent co. of Martin) - Booth # 1205

Innovative equipment solutions for nearly every kind of rework or micro assembly challenge.

FINEPLACER® core - Rework Station

A versatile rework system offering energy-efficient hot gas rework technology for a wide spectrum of SMD components from smallest components to large BGA.
ZESTRON - Booth # 941

Manufacturer of high precision cleaning products for all required applications in the electronics manufacturing industry.

VIGON� N 600 - PH-Neutral Defluxing Agent

HYDRON® WS 325 - Cleaning Agent

Specifically developed for cleaning water soluble flux residues at low operating concentrations.

Aculon - Booth # 2432

Provider of easy to apply nano-tech surface modification technologies.

NanoClear® Stencil Products

The best in class stencil treatment technology that improves print quality, increases efficiency, lowers total costs and enhances printing with small apertures.

Mentor Graphics - Booth # 1227

A leader in electronic design automation, providing software and hardware design solutions

Expedition Enterprise PCB Design Flow Software

Highly integrated, comprehensive PCB design-to-manufacturing tools that promote collaboration across the extended enterprise.
Aqueous Technologies - Booth # 3127

Manufacturer of aqueous cleaning systems. Our cleaners are capable of removing all flux/paste types.

Trident XLD Automatic Defluxing and Cleanliness Testing Systems

Equipped with more valuable features than any other batch format defluxing system, Trident XLD may be operated with water only or may be used with defluxing chemistries.

Aegis Industrial Software - Booth # 527

Developers of State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Enterprise Automation Software.

Manufacturing Operations Software (MOS) Suite

The MOS suite of software modules covers the entire production cycle, including NPI, full manufacturing execution and analytics.

Production Solutions - Booth # 538

Manufacturer of substrate support tooling systems for the electronics industry.

RED-E-SET Universal Board Support System

The Red-E-Set is proven to reduce Changeover time, improve Quality and eliminate Component damage on any screen printer, placement machine or dispenser.

MIRTEC - Booth # 3217

Manufacturer of desktop, in-line AOI, SPI, and X-ray inspection equipment.

MV-9 Series - In-Line AOI System

The inspection industry's most technologically advanced AOI system and winner of the 2011 and 2012 Global Technology Awards.

Orpro Vision - Booth # 117

A global provider of high performance AOI & SPI systems.

Insite B - Bench Top AOI

A small, manually operated, and cost effective system for post placement inspection

Count On Tools - Booth # 746

COT specializes in high quality SMT nozzles and consumables for pick and place machines.


A cost effective way to load many components, including odd-form and custom components, without having to purchase expensive feeders.

AMTECH - Booth # 3426

Manufacturer of RoHS-compliant solder products for electronics assembly marketplace.

AMTECH Solder Pastes

All AMTECH solder pastes conform to ANSI/J-STD-006 and are available for immediate delivery in jars, cartridges, syringes and ProFlow Cassettes.

AIM Solder - Booth # 1302

Manufacturer of tin-lead and lead-free solder assembly materials for the electronics industry

NC277 No-Clean Liquid Flux

An excellent flux for a variety of process parameters and applications, including lead-free wave soldering with tin-silver-copper, tin-silver, tin-copper, and other alloys.

Asys Group Americas - Booth # 2907

Manufacturer of screen printers, process machines, handling systems used in the electronic and solar industries.

XACT 4 Compact Screen & Stencil Printer

Specially designed to perform any kind of production demands within the electronic industry and therefore paying special attention to its universal usage.

LPKF Laser & Electronics - Booth # 2333

With its broad product range LPKF covers the complete operational sequence of in-house rapid PCB prototyping.

MicroLine 1120 P UV-Laser Cutting of FPCs and Cover Layers

MicroLine 1120 P - Laser Depaneling System

Ideal for high-mix manufacturing environments. It cuts, drills, and ablates surface material with the tightest geometric tolerances.

Nordson ASYMTEK - Booth # 3115

Manufacturer of automated fluid dispensing, jetting and conformal coating products.

NexJet® Dispensing System

As the leader in jetting technology Nordson ASYMTEK specifically designed the NexJet System to meet the varied fluid dispensing needs of today's fast-paced manufacturers.

Nordson YESTECH - Booth # 2919

Manufacturer of automated optical inspection and high-resolution x-ray inspection systems.

FX Series Automated In-line PCB Inspection system

FX Series Automated In-line AOI System

Advanced 5 megapixel color camera imaging technology offers high-speed PCB inspection with exceptional defect coverage.

X-Line Asset Management - Booth # 1609

X-Line Asset Management is a leading provider of disposition and auction services which help customers liquidate surplus assets to the global marketplace for the highest value.

Equipment Auction Services

Every 3 months X-Line conducts a global online High Technology auction. Your assets can be placed in the next auction at no up-front cost to you.

Precision Placement Machines - Booth # 208

PPM is a worldwide leader in the buying & selling of new & used circuit board assembly equipment.

Quad 4000C Pick & Place

PPM offers the field proven "C" series SMT placement systems for economical, high precision SMT production.

Cardinal Circuit - Booth # 150

Provider of quality pre-owned electronic assembly equipment and SMT factory liquidation services

IBE SMT Equipment - Booth # 916

For over a decade IBE SMT Equipment has provided quality SMT equipment and service to our valued customers around the world.

Blackfox Training Institute - Booth # 212

The only IPC Authorized Certification Center that provides customized skill-based Blackfox Certifications to achieve the IPC Acceptability Standards

JMW Enterprises - Booth # 1209

A full-service stocking dealer of pre-owned electronic assembly equipment. We stock a wide variety of equipment .

SMTnet - Booth # 608

Since 1995 has been a free industry portal site bringing together providers and users of the products, services, and information related to electronics manufacturing.

Free BUZZ sessions throughout the week will provide a forum for attendees to learn about the hottest topics affecting the industry, including ITAR, conflict minerals regulations, automotive technologies and more. Attendees can get also support on cleaning and contamination monitoring at the Printed Board Assembly Cleaning and Contamination Center Live.

Beginning on Sunday, February 17, industry professionals from around the world will participate in more than 70 IPC standards development committee meetings. These meetings offer participants the opportunity to have a voice in the development of industry standards influencing all aspects of the manufacture of printed boards and electronics assembly and ultimately impacting companies, customers and suppliers worldwide. These sessions are open to all registered attendees.

Also starting February 17, the professional development program will offer 50 half-day sessions covering a broad range of critical topics including the latest in advanced technologies, cleaning, counterfeit components, design, HDI, lead-free technologies, materials, solder joint reliability and more. Keynote addresses will feature presentations by world-renowned theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, who will provide a look at life and technology in the year 2100; Dr. Larry Burns, R&D guru, who will share his vision of automotive breakthroughs (including driverless cars); and B. Gentry Lee, chief engineer for the Mars Curiosity rover mission, who will present a fascinating inside look at the mission to Mars that has captured the imaginations of millions of people around the world.

IPC APEX EXPO includes several free networking opportunities, including an international reception; a show floor welcome reception; a first-timers welcome; the IPC Government Relations Committee Open Forum; Women in Electronics Networking Meeting; and IPC Tech Talk. IPC awards luncheons and the IPC Annual Meeting also provide participants with opportunities to network (registration required).

IPC APEX EXPO will also feature the IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition and IPC World Championship, with a top prize of $1,000 cash and a new Metcal soldering station.

For complete IPC APEX EXPO 2013 event information or to register, visit

IPC APEX 2013 Schedule of Events

Exhibits Open

Tuesday, February 19, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wednesday, February 20, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thursday, February 21, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Saturday, February, 16

8:00 am - 5:00 pm, IPC Standards Development Committee Meetings

Sunday, February 17

8:00 am - 6:00 pm, IPC Standards Development Committee Meetings

9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Professional Development Courses

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Professional Development Courses

Monday, February 18

7:30 am - 9:00 pm, PCB Supply Chain Leadership Meeting & Dinner

7:30 am - 9:00 pm, IPC EMS Management Council Meeting & Dinner

7:30 am - 1:30 pm, IPC Designers Forum

8:00 am - 5:00 pm, IPC Standards Development Committee Meetings

9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Professional Development Courses

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, Event Awards Luncheon

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Professional Development Courses

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, FREE! International Reception

Tuesday, February 19

7:30 am - 8:30 am, FREE! IPC First-Timers' Welcome Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:30 am, FREE! Opening Keynote Session

9:45 am - 10:00 am, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

10:00 am - 5:00 pm, IPC Standards Development Committee Meetings

10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Exhibits Open

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, Event Luncheon & IPC Annual Meeting

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Technical Conference Sessions

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm, FREE! BUZZ Sessions

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, FREE! Show Floor Welcome Reception

Wednesday, February 20

7:30 am - 8:30 am, FREE! Women in Electronics Networking Meeting

8:00 am - 9:00 am, FREE! Keynote Session

8:00 am - 5:00 pm, IPC Standards Development Committee Meetings

9:00 am - 11:45 am, Technical Conference Sessions

10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Exhibits Open

10:30 am - 11:30 am, FREE! BUZZ Sessions

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, Event Awards Luncheon

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Technical Conference Sessions

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, FREE! BUZZ Sessions

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, FREE! Poster Presentations by Authors

6:00 pm, Exhibitor Networking Functions

Thursday, February 21

7:00 am - 8:00 am, FREE! IPC Tech Talk Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:00 am, FREE! Keynote Session

8:00 am - 12:00 pm, IPC Standards Development Committee Meetings

8:00 am - 1:00 pm, EMS Program Management Continuing Education Series

9:00 am - 11:30 am, FREE! BUZZ Sessions

9:00 am - 11:45 am, Technical Conference Sessions

9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Professional Development Courses

10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Exhibits Open

10:30 am - 1:00 pm, IPC Hand Soldering World Championship

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Professional Development Courses

Friday, February 15

8:30 am - 5:00 pm, CID Basic Designer Certification - workshop

8:30 am - 5:00 pm, CID+ Advanced Designer Certification - workshop

Saturday, February 16

8:30 am - 5:00 pm, CID Basic Designer Certification - workshop

8:30 am - 5:00 pm, CID+ Advanced Designer Certification - workshop

Sunday, February 17

8:30 am - 1:30 pm, CID Designer Certification - Exam

8:30 am - 1:30 pm, CID+ Advanced Designer Certification - Exam

Thursday, February 21

8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Essentials of EMS Program Management

Friday, February 22

8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Essentials of EMS Program Management

8:00 am - 5:00 pm, EMS Leadership Training

Saturday, February 23

8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Essentials of EMS Program Management

8:00 am - 12:00 pm, EMS Program Management Training and Certification Exam

FREE Keynotes

Imagine, and Create, the Future

Michio Kaku, Ph.D.

Tuesday, February 19, 8:30 am-9:30 am
Opening Keynote Session

Dr. Kaku's keynote will present a vision of life in the year 2100, culled from ideas of 300 of the country's most influential scientists. He will explore revolutionary advancements in medicine, energy production, artificial intelligence and aeronautics that will forever change our way of life.

Reinventing the Automobile

Dr. Larry Burns

Wednesday, February 20, 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Wednesday Keynote

Driverless cars?

According to Dr. Burns, former corporate vice president of research & development and strategic planning at General Motors, some of the transformational technology needed is only five to ten years away from being mass-produced. Speaking from 30 years of experience with GM, along with his new pursuits as a director of the Program on Sustainable Mobility for The Earth Institute at Columbia University; a consultant for Google's pioneering self-driving car program; a contractor with National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and a professor of engineering practice, industrial and operations engineering at the University of Michigan, Dr. Burns will share his compelling vision of the design and technology innovations that will drive a new, very different future of personal transportation.

Journey to Mars: Curiosity Rover Mission

B. Gentry Lee

Thursday, February 21, 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Thursday Keynote

On August 6, 2012, a mobile laboratory known as the Curiosity rover made an amazing landing on Mars. Curiosity boasts the biggest, most advanced payload of scientific instruments ever sent to the Martian surface. Its mission: to assess whether Earth's neighbor has ever had conditions favorable to life.

B. Gentry Lee, chief engineer for the Solar System Exploration Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., is responsible for the engineering integrity of the robotic planetary missions managed by JPL for NASA - including the wildly popular Curiosity rover mission. Join Lee for a fascinating inside look at the mission to Mars that has captured the imaginations of millions... and learn about the feats of engineering that brought the Curiosity itself into existence.

February 19 - 20

IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition

Who's the best-of-the-best?

Do you think you have what it takes to win at soldering? Is your company proud of how many IPC Certified Specialists it has on staff? If you think you have what it takes to be a soldering champion, BRING IT at the IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition.

Cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100 will be awarded to the top three finalists at the close of IPC APEX EXPO competition at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 20.

February 19 - 21

Technical Conference

The largest technical conference for our industry in the world. Highly selective, the conference presents new research and innovations from experts in the fields of electronics assembly, test and board fabrication and design.

February 18 - 21

Networking opportunities

Including an International Reception, First-Timers' Welcome, IPC Tech Talk, Women in Electronics Networking Meeting and IPC Government Relations Committee Open Forum allow attendees to meet colleagues, get updates on key issues and share ideas.


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