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IPC Releases More Test Coupons for IPC-2221B Gerber Coupon GeneratorMay 23, 2018 | IPC
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IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries would like to announce the release of additional test coupons for the IPC-2221B Gerber Coupon Generator, an exclusive annual subscription service for IPC member companies. The IPC-2221B Gerber Coupon Generator subscription service is the only service providing new, industry approved test coupons addressing blind, buried, stacked and staggered via structures. The most commonly used coupons for product acceptance are “AB,” “AB/R” and “D” which were introduced in 2016.
The tool is now updated with new features and coupons as requested by our members including updated “B” and “D” Coupon designs that support not only through-hole but also stacked and staggered (a.k.a. “propagated”) structures featuring blind and buried vias. Designated sections of the “B” Coupon for both registration and structural integrity evaluations are now included. The new “H” Coupon design for evaluating surface insulation resistance (SIR) has been introduced as well as the new “S” Coupon design for evaluating through-hole solderability. Finally, the new “P” Coupon design for evaluating the peel strength of outer layer metallic foils has been added.
Additional coupon designs for surface mount solderability testing, moisture and insulation resistance (MIR) testing of laminated base materials and solder mask adhesion testing are slated for release later this year and will be incorporated into the subscription service free of additional charge.
The IPC-2221B Gerber Coupon Generator subscription service is a simple, easy-to-use Design Parameters/Input File, that utilizes an auto quality check feature, ensuring the design rules for the test designs are met. What used to take hours to generate Gerber files from the CAD/CAM user will now only take minutes.
The IPC-2221B Gerber Coupon Generator with the new designs is available as an annual subscription, meeting current printed board design parameters to generate Gerber Files of IPC-2221B Appendix A test coupon designs at any time. This allows users to generate coupons when they want, and as often as they need. To learn more, click here.
Repair of soldered components is a constant necessity in the electronics industry. Product performance enhancement, damaged components, and exchange of wrong placed components are some of the motivations behind a repair. Dispensing and placing a 400 μm pitch component manually is very time consuming and could cause collateral damage to the already populated components. A novel automatic repair method and tools with no human interaction were developed. Learn about this method…
The SMTA Capital Chapter is excited to announce the upcoming SMTA Capital Chapter Expo and Tech Forum, scheduled for March 7th, 2024, at Sweeny Barn in Manassas, Virginia.
The opening session of the second day’s conference proceedings focused on global PCB trends and was introduced and moderated by Dr. Michele Stampanoni, vice president of strategic sales and business development at Cicor Group in Switzerland. He opened the session with Dr. Hayao Nakahara’s knowledgeable and enlightening video presentation on the IC substrates industry.
Saki’s Advanced Optical Inspection Boosts Quality Assurance at US-headquartered Smart Modular Technologies02/14/2024 | Saki Corporation
Saki Corporation, an innovator in the field of automated optical and X-ray inspection equipment, is pleased to announce that it has supplied inline optical inspection systems to Smart Modular Technologies, a Newark California based manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and solid-state disk drives (SSDs).
Ucamco is proud to release UcamX v2023.12 and Integr8tor v2023.12. These new versions of our CAM and Pre-CAM software include plenty of additions to increase our customers’ productivity, highlighted by the topics below.