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IPC Hand Soldering Competition Returns to What’s New in Electronics Live 2018

Sep 19, 2018

IPC’s Hand Soldering Competition returns to the United Kingdom and What’s New in Electronics Live on September 25-26, 2018. This year, the competition will be run in association with Advanced Rework Technology Ltd.

Skilled competitors will go soldering iron to soldering iron as they vie for cash prizes: 1st place — £200, plus a trip to the World Hand Soldering Championship at IPC APEX EXPO 2019; 2nd place — £100; 3rd place — £50, and bragging rights as the best hand soldering technician in the United Kingdom.

Hand soldering of high density printed boards demands highly skilled operators to ensure a zero-defect soldering process, and this competition recognizes the best skills in hand soldering complex printed board assemblies. Over two days, participants will compete against each other to build a functional electronics assembly within a 60-minute time limit. Assemblies will be judged on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610G Class 3 criteria, the speed at which the assembly was produced and overall electrical functionality of the assembly. IPC-A-610 Master Instructor Debbie Wade from Advanced Rework Technology Ltd. will serve as the judge.

“Many companies take pride in how many IPC Certified Specialists they have on staff and this event is a fun and friendly way to give them an opportunity to let their staff shine,” said David Bergman, IPC vice president of standards and training.

What’s New in Electronics Live 2018 would like to thank the sponsors of the hand soldering competition: Pace Worldwide, Henkel, PM Tech, Somerset Solders and Bofa.

Event attendees who are interested, can stop by booth F66 in Hall 1 at the NEC Birmingham to see the competition or visit with IPC staff to learn about IPC standards, membership and other IPC products.


IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 4,400-member company sites 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.; Atlanta, Ga.; Brussels, Belgium; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.

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