“Common process problems today relate to the correct selection of printed board materials, surface finishes and soldering materials,” says Bob Willis, process defects database consultant for the U.K. National Physical Laboratory (NPL). To help engineers identify and overcome soldering and assembly defects in electronic technology, the IPC and NPK have teamed up to sponsor a no-cost webinar on January 27 at 1 p.m. ET.

A precursor to the hands-on, three-day process defects clinic that will be held at IPC Apex Expo in April, the webinar will cover the most frequent defect types; the most common wave, selective and reflow soldering defects; how to monitor process defect levels, record defects for investigation and coordinate process parameters; and how to find defect causes and cures.

Webinar participants can e-mail their problems and photos in advance to processdefectclinic@ipc.org. To sign up for the free webinar, visit www.ipc.org/defects-registration.

The IPC Apex Expo will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center in Las Vegas on April 12–14. At the event, Willis will staff a free process defects clinic in booth 217. Expo attendees can bring electronic assemblies for examination at the show. For more information about the expo, visit www.ipcapexexpo.org.