“Spectators got a first-hand look at the talent, workmanship, quality and speed of the contestants who put on quite a ‘heated’ show,” says Kris Roberson, IPC’s manager of assembly technology and coordinator of the competitions.
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The first IPC World Championship hand soldering competition — held at IPC Apex Expo on February 21— lived up to its international emphasis, with participants from around the globe. Nine contestants, including victors from IPC hand soldering competitions in India, China and the United States, were challenged with building a functional electronics assembly within a one-hour time limit. The assemblies were judged in accordance with IPC-A-610E Class 3 criteria, production speed and overall electrical functionality.
The long trip from China was worthwhile for Fu Chunyan of Beijing Railway Signal Co. Ltd., who won first place. She received $1,000 cash, a new Metcal soldering station, a Mantis inspection system and a Sovella ESD footrest. Second place went to Viengkeo (Gail) Sourivongs of Brookfield, Conn.-based Imperial Electronic Assembly. The third place prize went to Wang He of China’s Changchun Institute of Optics. Sponsors for the event included Metcal, Alpha, EPTAC and PACE and included the support of Vision Engineering and Sovella Treston.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries, Bannockburn, Ill., also hosted the national hand soldering competition that preceded the world championship at IPC Apex Expo.
Hand soldering competitions are planned for Malaysia, Korea and Thailand in the coming months. For more information, visit www.ipc.org/hsc.