Hand soldering competitors go iron to iron
At the National Electronics Week (held at the NEC in Birmingham from 8 to 10 April 2014), skilled competitors will go head to head in the IPC hand soldering competition with cash prizes of £300 for first place, £200 for second place and £100 for third place (as well as the bragging rights of being the best hand soldering technician in the United Kingdom). The first place winner will also earn the chance to compete at the IPC World Championship at IPC APEX EXPO 2015, in California, U.S.A.
It takes a highly skilled operator to ensure a zero-defect soldering process when hand soldering high density printed boards. IPC’s first competition at National Electronics Week, the contest recognises the best skills in hand soldering complex printed board assemblies, with participants competing against each other to build a functional electronics assembly within 45 minutes.
With IPC-A-610 Master Instructors serving as judges, the assemblies will be judged on the speed at which it was produced and overall electrical functionality in accordance with IPC-A-610E Class 3 criteria. Entries for the competition will be accepted until March 25, 2014. Since the number of entrants is limited, participation is on a first come, first served basis. Interested participants can submit their entry via the IPC website.
David Bergman, Vice President, International Relations, IPC, commented: “Many companies take pride in how many IPC Certified Specialists they have on staff and this event is a fun and friendly way to give them an opportunity to let their staff shine.”