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Publication Date: 10/1/2011
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IPC Midwest a Winning Combination
Bannockburn, IL — IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition, held in September, proved that a regional event can be a win-win for all facets of the electronics manufacturing industry. From the highly productive standards development committee meetings, to the enlightening technical sessions, to the business conducted on the exhibition floor and the added excitement of the Hand Soldering Competition, IPC Midwest exhibitors, instructors, speakers and participants demonstrated the value of a focused show for the printed board and electronics assembly industries. In addition, attendance figures jumped nine percent over the previous year; a total of 1,087 individuals participated.

"This show is the direct result of requests from local exhibitors for a focused event for printed boards and electronics manufacturing. As part of IPC's mission, we are helping regional suppliers gain exposure and build their businesses," notes Alicia Balonek, IPC director of trade show operations.

Raphael Padilla of Senju Comtek Corp. concurs, "A number of very important contacts were here for the conferences and stopped by our booth, as did a number of local EMS companies and OEMs — great for developing rapport and keeping our customer base strong."

"We had an excellent show, probably the best we've had in surface mount technology since 2007," says Lynn Roose, president of MicroScreen, LLC. "The show had an exciting atmosphere due to all the new technologies and the mix of existing customers and potential new customers. We had a great time!"

IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition will return to the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in 2012. The meetings and courses will be held August 19 - 23. The conference and exhibition will be held August 22 - 23.

Hand Soldering Contest
Adding to the excitement of the IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition was the first U.S. IPC hand soldering competition. Twenty-two competitors from 15 companies were tasked with building a functional electronics assembly within a half hour. Crowned the "best-of-the-best in the Midwest," Nichole DeVries, an instructor with Raven Industries (Sioux Falls, SD) and certified IPC trainer (CIT), took top honors.

IPC Master Instructors Leo Lambert, EPTAC Corporation; Jay Patel, Accelper Consulting; and Floyd Bertagnolli, STM — Service To Mankind, were the judges for the competition. Participants were awarded points based on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies, Class 3 criteria, the speed at which the assembly was produced and the overall functionality of the assembly. DeVries earned an impressive 97 out of 100 possible points on her assembly. As the winner, she took home a $500 grand prize from IPC and an MX-5010 workstation, compliments of OK International/Metcal. In addition, she will be traveling to San Diego in February 2012 to compete in the IPC Hand Soldering Grand Championship.

Coming in at a close second, Monica Poppens, also of Raven Industries, earned $250. William Randall, Hegel Holdings LLC DBA Minarik Drives (South Beloit, IL), took third place and received $100.

On February 28-29 2012, IPC will host the IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition that will be held in conjunction with its international conference & exhibition in San Diego. The winner of that competition will then face off with DeVries in the IPC Hand Soldering Grand Championship on March 1, vying for a $1,000 cash award and the coveted title of IPC Hand Soldering Grand Champion.

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