IPC and Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) pledging to build a strong complementary relationship between the two entities with a focus on standards development, education and training.
“The technical interest areas, expertise and goals of PSMA and IPC are closely aligned, making collaboration a clear path,” said Tracy Riggan, senior director, IPC business development. “One example is the IPC standard, IPC-7092: Design and Assembly Process Implementation for Embedded Components, which contributes to PSMA member needs for integration of power supplies. In turn, PSMA brings input to enhance and increase the knowledge base for IPC standards.”
“PSMA and IPC have informally collaborated for many years with many overlapping areas of interest and it is great to put some strategic direction to strengthen links and increase collaboration levels to our mutual benefit,” shared Mike Hayes, PSMA Board chairman. “We are both non-profit entities with similar but complementary missions. All electronic devices need a power source, all power sources involve electronic device/module manufacture. Both organizations have interest in developing standardized and interoperable technology platforms for high growth application areas such as Industry 4.0, smart mobility and IoT along with long established applications and this is a great way to work together and address these opportunities and challenges.”
IPC and PSMA will continue to collaborate on education and training between organizations, with PSMA sharing key technical insights in a session at IPC APEX EXPO 2021 and IPC participating in APEC, a conference hosted by PSMA and IEEE.
IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 6,000 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 Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Miami, Fla.; Brussels, Belgium; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.
PSMA is a nonprofit organization with the purpose of enhancing the stature and reputation of its members and their products, improving their knowledge of technological and other developments related to power sources, and educating the entire electronics industry, plus academia, as well as government and industry agencies as to the importance of, and relevant applications for, all types of power sources and conversion devices.