Hundreds of experts from around the world will discuss electronics manufacturing standards in more than 90 standards development meetings February 22–26, in conjunction with IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego.
Facilitated by representatives from OEMs, PCB manufacturers, EMS providers, design firms, and other organizations, IPC standards development committees establish benchmarks for excellence in the areas of: assembly and joining; assembly equipment; base materials; cleaning and coating; electronic product data description; embedded devices; environment, health and safety (EHS); fabrication processes; flexible and rigid-flex printed boards; high-speed/high-frequency interconnections; management; packaged electronic components; printed board design technology; printed electronics; process control; product assurance; product reliability; rigid printed boards; terms and definitions; and testing.
For example, the High Speed/High Frequency Design Subcommittee will meet to develop IPC-2228, a new design standard for high speed/high frequency printed boards. The Printed Electronics Final Assembly Subcommittee will focus on expanding and completing the working draft of IPC-6901, Performance Requirements for Printed Electronics Assemblies. In addition, the Terms and Definitions Committee will work on Revision N of the IPC-T-50 terms and definitions standard.
According to David Bergman, IPC vice president of standards and technology, industry standards enable companies to negotiate commerce and they contribute directly to the success of the industry as a whole.
“Implementing IPC standards ensures reliability and quality in an organization,” Bergman said. “Through standards meetings, everyone in the industry can engage in an exchange of ideas about current industry trends as well as the identification of new standards and updating of current ones. These standards help our member companies improve quality, communication and cost-savings.”
For more information on IPC APEX EXPO and its standards development activities, or to register, visit www.IPCAPEXEXPO.org. Advance registration to attend standards development meetings is complimentary. On-site registration is $50. For more information on all IPC standards development activities, visit www.ipc.org/standards.
IPC (www.IPC.org) 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.