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IPC Hand Soldering Competition to Heat Up productronica

Sep 24, 2013

In the cool November weather in Munich, IPC’s Hand Soldering Competition is sure to heat things up at productronica 2013, stand A3.415. Skilled competitors will go soldering iron to soldering iron, November 12–15, as they compete for cash prizes and a coveted spot at the IPC Hand Soldering World Championship at IPC APEX EXPO® in Las Vegas in 2014.

Hand soldering of high density printed boards demands highly skilled operators to ensure a zero-defect soldering process, and this contest — IPC’s first competition at productronica — will recognize the best skills in hand soldering complex printed board assemblies. Over four days, participants will compete against each other to build a functional electronics assembly within a 45-minute time limit. 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 the assembly. IPC-A-610 Master Instructors from IPC licensed master training centers PIEK and IFTEC will serve as the judges.

The IPC Hand Soldering Competition winner and two runners-up will each earn cash prizes: 1st place — €500; 2nd place — €300; 3rd place — €100. In addition, the first place winner will earn a chance to compete against the best hand soldering technicians from around the world at the IPC World Championship at IPC APEX EXPO® in Las Vegas, on March 27, 2014.

Competition entries will be accepted until October 25 at www.ipc.org/hsc-productronica. Participation is limited and competitors will be selected on a first come, first served basis.
IPC thanks hand soldering Gold Sponsors: ERSA, JBC Tools, PACE Worldwide and Thermaltronics; Silver Sponsors: Almit GmbH, Balver Zinn GmbH, and Elmatica AS; Bronze Sponsors: IFTEC, PIEK International Education Centre, RENEX and O.C. White Co.; and contest contributor sponsor DNZ Ltd., for their support of the IPC hand soldering competition.

For more information on IPC’s Hand Soldering Competition, visit www.ipc.org/hsc-productronica.


IPC (www.IPC.org) 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 $2.17 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.

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