Skilled competitors demonstrated their expertise in hand soldering PCBs as the IPC hosted its popular Hand Soldering Competition (HSC). There were 15 competitors, representing 11 electronics companies from the UK.
A technically challenging competition board was introduced this year which resulted in only two of the competitors successfully completing a functioning circuit board assembly.
In first place was Justyna Mikolajczyk, from Zettlex in the UK who completed her board in 57 minutes and 50 seconds, scoring 549 points out of 558 possible points. She received a first-place certificate, cash prize of £300 and a gift from HSC sponsor Almit.
Second place was awarded to Przemyslav Marszalek, from TVC-The Validation Centre also in the UK. He completed his board in 57 minutes and 56 seconds, earning 524 points out of 558 possible points. In addition to a certificate, he received a cash prize of £200 and a gift from Almit.
IPC thanks Polygone CAO, who designed this year’s competition board in accordance with IPC-A-610H criteria and featured 116 components – it provided a significant challenge to competitors,
IPC-A-610 Master Instructors from ART-Advanced Rework Technologies, an IPC licensed master training centre in the United Kingdom, served as competition judges. The competion’s gold sponsors were Hakko, Atelier Systems and Thalès, silvers sponsors were Almit, Optilia, SFM-Société Française de Microscopie and Polygone CAO. Local sponsors were Southern Manufacturing & Electronics and ART-Advanced Rework Technologies.
Other regional competitions are planned in Budapest, Nuremberg and Paris later this year. For registration forms, visit the IPC’s HSC-dedicated page.