The first-ever IPC Hand Soldering World Championship and Rework Competition was recently held at IPC APEX Expo 2019 in San Diego, Calif. Contestants representing China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand participated in the event. Ryosuke Matsunami of Japan’s PWB Corp. took first place and won $1,000.
Competitors were presented with a fully functional soldered assembly. They were required to remove six specific components, remove old solder and clean the area of removed components. During the removal of the components, the competitors were evaluated by IPC master instructors in accordance with IPC-7711/7721C rework, modification, and repair guidelines. The master instructors deducted points from the possible score according to a standardized set of rules and best practices.