IPC hand soldering competition is in full (solder) flow

IPC hand soldering competition is in full (solder) flow

Soldering experts have been competing in the IPC Hand Soldering Competition (Stand M100) for the UK National title, a cash prize and a place in the IPC Hand Soldering World Championship.

The first IPC event was held 10 years ago in San Diego, USA, and was created to recognise the skills of manufacturing floor workers. The competition now takes place around the world with national competitions in Europe and Asia as well as the Americas.

Pictured are competitors at this year’s Southern Manufacturing and Electronics where they have 60 minutes to complete a complex circuit board assembly. Assemblies are judged on soldering quality – in accordance with IPC-A-610 Class 3, the speed of assembly and the overall electrical functionality of the assembly. The competition is adjudicated by IPCA-610 Master Instructors.

The competition is designed to appeal to younger engineers, with a beginners’ category as well as the professional group.

The winners of regional competitions receive cash prizes and the opportunity to compete in the World Hand Soldering Championship, held each year in various cities worldwide in conjunction with highly prestigious electronics trade shows.

IPC is also promoting its Electronics Workforce Training at the show. The Electronics Assembly for Operators course introduces the key tools, materials and processes for operators working in electronics assembly. the course is design to encompass the entire assembly process, including a customisable selection of modules. The course is a pre-requisite for IPC-A-610 for Operators and J-STF-001 for Operators. For complete course descriptions and registrations, contact sales@ipc.org.

IPC Hand Soldering Competition – Stand M100