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Robert Heckman Honored by the IPC for Fiber Optics Standard

Manchester, NH — March 22, 2006 — Robert Heckman of EPTAC Corporation was presented with the Distinguished Committee Service Award from the IPC for acting as Chairman for the development and release of the IPC standard IPC-8497-1 “Cleaning Methods and Contamination Assessment for Optical Assembly”.

The standard describes the methods of inspecting and cleaning all optical interfaces so that interconnectivity integrity of the optical signal is maintained. The information provided focuses on techniques and methods to accomplish maximum quality of the interface and describes methods of contamination prevention.

Mr. Heckman served as Chair to the Committee to develop this standard from his extensive involvement in fiber optic cleaning and handling. “We are very please to have Bob as one of our Master IPC Instructors and we look forward to his further contribution to our training efforts.” says Mark Pilkington, President of EPTAC Corporation. “Bob has continued the long standing tradition of EPTAC in actively participating in setting many standards in the electronics industry.”

IPC-8497-1 has been released and is currently available in hard copy, CD-Rom, by Site or Global license through the IPC or EPTAC Corporation’s product division, Planettraining.com.

EPTAC Corporation has been providing training, certification and consulting in the electronics assembly industry for almost 20 years. The firm specializes in the training, consulting and certification of personnel in the electronics assembly industry. EPTAC Corporation is currently the leading provider of certification to commercial standards such as IPC-A-610, J-STD-001, IPC-7711/7721, IPC-A-620 and IPC-A-600.

EPTAC clients range in size from startups to the likes of Solectron, Raytheon, Sanmina Corporation, Texas Instruments, Celestica and Lucent Technologies.

For information: http://www.eptac.com or
Contact: eptac@eptac.com
Phone: 800.643.7822