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IPC Looking for the Best-of-the-Best Hand Soldering Technicians Top Contenders will Vie for the World Championship Title

Nov 05, 2013

The third annual IPC APEX EXPO® Hand Soldering Competition will be held March 25–26, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. This year’s challenge will be to build a functional electronics assembly in a 30-minute time period with a chance to compete in the IPC World Championship on March 27. Soldering technicians who can “bring it” are encouraged to sign up for one of a limited number of competition slots.

IPC Master Instructors will judge assemblies on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E, overall electrical functionality of assembly and the speed upon which the assembly was produced.

Cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100 will be awarded to the top three finalists at the close of the competition on March 26. In addition to receiving the cash award, the winner will move on to the IPC World Championship to face off with winners from IPC hand soldering competitions from around the world, including the United States, Asia and Europe. The winner of the IPC Hand Soldering World Championship will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize.

IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition entries will be accepted until January 31, 2014.

To submit an entry, visit

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, a show floor reception and several networking events.
For more information on IPC APEX EXPO or to register, visit
Sponsorship opportunities are available; for more information, contact Maria Labriola, manager of trade show sales, at +1 847-597-2866 or  IPC thanks premier sponsor Metcal for its support.

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 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Shanghai, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Chengdu and Beijing, China.

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