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The Finer Points: World Champions of the IPC Hand-Soldering Finals

11/21/2023 | Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
Productronica 2023 played host to the IPC World Hand Soldering Competition, bringing talented regional solder champions from all over the globe to compete for the title of World Champion. Each competitor was given sixty minutes to assemble a complex printed circuit board with their performance judged in accordance with IPC-A-610 Class 3 criteria. Each competitor’s efforts were rated on the merits of the results achieved, scored on the quality of the assembly process, the electrical functionality of the assembly and the speed at which the assembly was produced.

SEL’s Intentional K-12 Outreach Paying Off

11/08/2023 | Barry Matties, I-Connect007
There are negative stereotypes and a general lack of awareness about manufacturing and viable career paths among today’s emerging workforce. To help change that perception and introduce young minds to modern manufacturing, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) hosts thousands of K-12 students to tour and experience its manufacturing facilities. The outreach goes beyond the students—this effort also raises awareness with educators. In this interview, John Cassleman, program manager for K-12 outreach, says this effort is working and providing hope for the future.

PVA Welcomes Altus Group as Exclusive Distributor for Ireland

10/31/2023 | PVA
PVA, a global supplier of automated dispensing and coating equipment, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Altus Group Ltd., a renowned distributor with over two decades of experience in supplying premium electronics production equipment and services.

Staff Shortage Boosts Service Robots – Sales Up 48%

10/12/2023 | IFR
The total number of service robots sold for professional use hit 158,000 units in 2022 - an increase of 48%. Shortage of staff is a strong driver for companies to automate.

Book Excerpt: The Printed Circuit Designer’s Guide to... Thermal Management with Insulated Metal Substrates, Chapter 2

10/10/2023 | I-Connect007 Editorial Team
Historically, engineering teams using some types of insulated metal substrates in high-performance LED applications have noted the formation of solder cracks after prolonged thermal cycles. Solder cracks, as the name suggests, are discontinuities in the solder joint, usually caused by excessive mechanical stress. This stress typically results from a mismatch between the coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE) of each of the joined components.
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