Jul 28, 2014

The reliability and functionality of electronic devices can be severely affected by foreign objects and debris (FOD). To help industry eliminate FOD issues, IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries®  has released a training video, DVD-172C, “FOD Prevention in Electronics Assembly.” The training video provides information and techniques to help eliminate FOD during electronics assembly, including hand soldering, surface mount technology and plated-through hole assembly processes and box build/wire assembly. In addition, DVD-172C explains the six steps of proper housekeeping, and covers tool control, hardware control, material handling as well as electrostatic discharge prevention.

It’s a manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure that all assemblies are built free from FOD — not only for the economic health and reputation of a company, but also for the safety and reliability of the final products delivered to customers,” said Mark Pritchard, IPC director of media training. “Eliminating FOD requires awareness of the problem and control of its sources and this training video drives home the importance of this often overlooked and vexing problem in electronics assembly.”

Available on standard definition DVD in wide-screen format or Blu-ray in hi-definition, DVD-172C, “FOD Prevention in Electronics Assembly” can be purchased from the IPC Online Store at The standard definition DVD is $395 for IPC members and $495 for nonmembers. The Blu-ray is $445 for IPC members and $545 for nonmembers. Online video training is also available. For additional information or to make a purchase, visit

IPC ( is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,500 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 and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.

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