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Continuous Training & Education are Critical for Growth in the Electronics Assembly Industry

The North American electronics assembly industry is rock solid. Sales numbers for semiconductor and electronics manufacturers are rising steadily, and printed circuit board sales are on the uptick. The U.S. Purchasing Managers’ Index is reflecting a positive position for industry sales, which also bodes well for sales projections over the next few months.

Re-Establishment of IPC Certification Through Certification or Recertification

Let’s clarify the differences between both Certification and Recertification for re-establishment of an IPC certification. Once the extension time frame or six (6) months has past, the student is no longer certified and must re-establish their certification.

RIT Program Helps Fill Skills Gap by Training Unemployed Vets

When Sean Phelan interviewed for a technical trainer opening at the Harris Communication Systems in March, he realized that he did not have all the needed skills in electronics for the job. But Phelan is now in an electronics training program, Veterans and Displaced Workers in Manufacturing, and when he informed Harris that he was in the

J-STD-001 Revision Changes Regarding The Requirements for Gold Plating Removal

Gold and electronics have had a partnership in products and components for many years. The initial reasoning behind the application of gold to printed circuit boards was to make them more susceptible to the application of wire bonding and for corrosion protection.

Free Seminar: Best Rework Soldering Practices

Free Seminar: Best Rework Soldering Practices. Includes review of topics such as rework practices, cleaning methods, new and evolving technology and the importance of training in your mix.

Free Seminar on Best Rework Practices in Industry

If you are in the area, take a moment to join EPTAC at a Free seminar to discuss the latest tools of the trade and production concepts as they relate to dealing with the rework of printed circuit boards.

EPTAC Instructors Recognized For Industry Support of Standards

We would like to thank Helena Pasquito, Gary Ferrari and Leo Lambert for their continued support of the industry standards and the certification programs they represent. Their efforts allow for the development and fine tuning of the IPC standards we use each and every day, not only in-house, but throughout the world.

NASA’s Adoption of J-STD-001 Space Addendums

We’ve received many inquiries regarding whether or not NASA has adopted the J-STD-001 Space Addendum. The answer is: NASA has adopted J-STD-001 ES and the J-STD-001 documents.

EPTAC Remembers Charlie Priest

Charlie was an IPC Master Instructor, and for that matter one of EPTAC’s first long time regular Master Instructors. Charlie was around at the inception of EPTAC and helped support and develop the respected brand and image that is now EPTAC and was always an advocate for the company and its efforts.

IPC Honors EPTAC’s Own Helena Pasquito and Leo Lambert

At the September 2014, IPC Fall Meeting, the IPC honored Helena Pasquito, Master Instructor and Leo Lambert, Vice President and Technical Director at EPTAC with a Distinguished Committee Service Award for outstanding contributions to both IPC J-STD-001F and IPC-A-610F.

New IPC Policy and Procedures for Training Certification

The IPC has recently released an updated policy and procedures document for all people involved in the training, certification and delivery of IPC Certification Programs. This includes Master Instructors (MIT), Instructors (CIT) and Specialists (CIS).

EPTAC Remembers Glenn Wells

Long time friend to many and EPTAC Master Instructor for Designer Certification Programs, Glenn Wells passed away recently and EPTAC would like all who knew him to take a moment to remember his impact on us all.

i-Connect007’s RealTime with… (An Interview with Leo Lambert)

Leo Lambert sits down long time friend and guest host Ray Prasad for i-Connect007’s RealTime with… program to discuss the exciting things that are happening with EPTAC, from new training center locations to the new EPTAC app and how this will change the way people search for training.

This is Why We Teach

We receive many thank-yous and supportive customer feedbacks over the years, but every once and a while we receive one that cuts to the heart of why we love what we do.

EPTAC to Help Judge Hand Soldering Competition at IPC APEX EXPO 2014

Once again, EPTAC’s very own, Leo Lambert, Vice President and Technical Director and Helena Pasquito, Senior MIT Instructor, will be judging the competitive field in the Hand Soldering Competition at this year’s IPC APEX EXPO in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Congrats to Helena Pasquito – 2014 IPC Recognition Award

Congratulations go out to our very own Helena Pasquito this month for her being honored in March at the IPC 2014 APEX Expo conferences. Helena will be receiving the Distinguished Committee Service Award in recognition of her support to the technical training committee for IPC/WHMA-A-620B.

The How Behind IDEA-ICE-3000 Certification

So you’ve decided that you want to pursue IDEA-ICE-3000 certification. Now, you just have to figure out how to proceed. We want to help.

The Why Behind IDEA-ICE-3000 Certification

Many people are unaware that any OEM, CM, or EMS provider can enroll its quality personnel in the IDEA-ICE-3000 Professional Inspector Certification Exam (IDEA-ICE-3000). This program, which is available now, can help your company secure the inspection expertise and detection solutions it needs.

Inspection of Pre-woven “spliced overlap” Shielding Braid

Inspecting pre-woven “spliced overlap” of shielding braid can be achieved using this measuring technique which applies for all 3 classes of product.

IPC Specifications and the Order of Precedence

All IPC specifications reiterate the order of precedence statement to verify and define the correct specifications which are to be used when building products. The Order of Precedence statement should be specifically identified in the contractual agreement with the customer or anyone sub-contractor who will be building product.

Certification of the Company or the Employee

From time to time the question arises that sounds like the following: Is my company certified to IPC “insert your favorite standard here”? Or the statement we hear is, “Our company is certified to IPC such and such.

EPTAC Opens Canadian Operations

EPTAC Corporation of Canada officially opened April 1, 2013, but has already actively held classes at the new renovated and equipped facility, as weekly programs have continued to be scheduled as word has leaked out.

EPTAC Volunteers Honored for Contributions to Electronics Industry and IPC

For outstanding contributions to IPC/WHMA-A-620B the IPC honored our own Leo Lambert, VP and Technical Director and Helena Pasquito, EPTAC IPC Master instructor for their efforts in working to support, develop and enhance this standard along with many others for the IPC over the years.

Winners of IPC World Championship Hand Soldering Competition Honored

Congratulations to the winners of the 1st IPC World Championship Hand Soldering Competition! First place: Fu Chunyan, Beijing Railway Signal Co., Ltd. Second place: Viengkeo Sourivongs, Imperial Electronic Assembly Third place: Wang He, The Changchun Institute of Optics Our own Helena Pasquito, IPC Master Instructor and one of the judges of the competition shown to

EPTAC News Conversation with Andy Shaughnessy at iConnect007

Complements from our friends at iConnect007, Leo Lambert discusses with Andy Shaughnessy, Editor of PCBDesign007 some of the current activities the gang at EPTAC are working on. Check out the video here:

EPTAC Helps in Judging IPC International Soldering Competition

Well, what started out as humble beginnings at a single show has turned into an international event for APEX, the United States largest electronics manufacturing trade show held each year.

EPTAC Instructor Bob Heckman Returns to Work

Well after suffering a stroke and being on leave to go through various forms of therapy and rehabilitation, Bob Heckman, one of EPTAC’s Master Instructors, is back at it and working with students again.

Where Have All the Manufacturing Engineers Gone?

As the industry keeps changing the roles of the Manufacturing Engineer and as the manufacturing facilities export their manufacturing offshore, what happens to the function and viability of the knowledge of the Manufacturing Engineer?

Our Customer Support Keeps Getting Better – Welcome Cheryl Fisher to EPTAC

There is a new face in town and she brings to EPTAC a bright and enthusiastic energy towards the support of not only internal operations, but overall customer support and care. Welcome Cheryl Fisher to her new roll in Operations & Customer Support at EPTAC.

EPTAC Master Instructor Bob Heckman Continues to Convert People Even On Medical Leave

Some of our instructors don’t know when to quit. EPTAC’s Master Instructor, Bob Heckman recently had a stroke and has been going through speech therapy and physical therapy. We are all pulling for him and can’t wait to get him back playing with us.

IPC/WHMA-A-620 Revision A to B Redline Document Comparison

On the heals of the recent release of IPC/WHMA-A-620 Revision B, the IPC has provided a redline comparison between IPC/WHMA-A-620 Revision A and Revision B.

IPC/WHMA-A-620 Revision B Just Released

Significant technical updates, greater ease-of-use and compatibility with other key assembly standards are among the many changes users will find in the newly released B revision of IPC/WHMA-A-620, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies. This important industry standard is a joint effort of IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® and the Wire Harness Manufacturer’s Association (WHMA).

We Have a Winner! IPC 2012 New England Hand Soldering Competition

IPC is proud to announce the winners of the IPC 2012 NE Hand Soldering Competition.

IPC Medical Industries Technical Conference: Lead-Free Reliability Readiness

Sponsored by Philips Healthcare on November 7-9, 2012 at the Wyndham Hotel-Boston in Andover, Massachusetts, this event provides working knowledge that you need for implementation of lead-free electronics manufacturing processes in the medical sector.

REStronics New England to host IPC’s Northeast Regional Solder Skills Competition

REStronics of New England will be the first ever to host a regional soldering competition event where the winner will earn an invitation and entrance into the national competition which will be held at the APEX Show in San Diego, CA in 2013.

Is The Tide Turning as Some Firms Opt to Bring Manufacturing Back to the United States?

According to the Wall Street Journal, about 14% of U.S. companies surveyed by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor definitely plan to move some of their manufacturing back home—the latest sign of growing interest among executives in a strategy known as “reshoring.”

The Serious Risks From Counterfeit Electronic Parts

We are all starting to hear about the issues around the possibility of the introduction of counterfeit components into our production process and thereby into the products we rely on in our every day lives. Not to add more fuel to the fire, but here is another article written by Peter J. Toren an IP and Computer Crimes Attorney, that I thought we would share that brings these issues to light in a “closer to home” way. When you have a chance, take a look at this article.

Are Voids in Solder Joints Really an Issue?

Well I’ve got to say it again, what is wrong with the existence of voids in solder joints? X-ray equipment is now being used all over the industry to check for these voids and you know what? They are finding some! Wow. Isn’t that something? That’s like looking at Swiss cheese and saying there are voids in the cheese. Yeah, so what? Is it a problem? Can you prove that it is a problem?

EPTAC Premiers a Sleek New Look at the 2012 IPC APEX Expo in San Diego

It was a busy week at the 2012 IPC APEX Expo which was held at the San Diego Convention Center February 28th through March 1st. Hundreds of companies exhibited at the electronics manufacturing mega show which drew a global audience of industry professionals who exhibited products and services, attended workshops and IPC conferences and caught a glimpse of the dozens of new products offered by some of the industry’s best known brands as well as many regional players.

Judging the IPC APEX Soldering Competition

As I awaited the finals on Thursday morning, I was reflecting back on the last two days of the competition and I still firmly believe that hands-on solder training is a major necessity and the competition proved me correct. Different techniques, methods, efficient movements and print readings are all things we need to continue to work on to help our customers improve yields and product/process quality.

Increased Demand for Training Fuels Growth

EPTAC Corporation has been experiencing strong growth over the past several years. Director of Business Development, Brian Downes explains how the heavy demand for training and certification has been fueling this effort.

EPTAC Updates on New Soldering Assembly Specs

EPTAC’s Vice President and Technical Director Leo Lambert, who is also the chair of the IPC Assembly and Joining Committee, discusses some of the progress being made in the Soldering Assembly Specifications as well as the new documentations being released.

EPTAC Corporation Continues to Support the Electronics Industry and its Standards

In its 25 years of existence, EPTAC has continued to support the electronics industry in aiding in the development and delivery of various IPC standards that continue to provide the basis for designing and building quality electronics in all markets. This commitment continues, and once again its employees are recognized by the IPC for their efforts and contribution.

What Is The Cost Of Quality Brought About By Training?

When talking about training and the need for training, we must ask: “What is the cost of quality?” As defined by A.V. Feigenbaum (1), there are three segments to address for controlling the cost of quality:

Corrupt IPC PowerPoint Files When Using PowerPoint 2003

If you’re using PowerPoint 2003 and receiving an error that your PPT file is corrupt, then we may have the answer for you. Microsoft issued an update around 4/15/11, which actually causes the problem. Fortunately, this can be easily resolved by uninstalling the update and hiding the update file so it won’t be reinstalled in the future…

J-STD-001ES Space Addendum Requirements for IPC Certification

J-STD-001ES was officially released in December 2010 and is available as free download at IPC has just released the J-STD-001ES Space Addendum training program this month and we’ve learned there are changes to the training program requirements that will impact user’s Space Addendum certification…

PRESS RELEASE: EPTAC Corporation’s Leo Lambert Hosts Committee at the 2011 IPC APEX Show

The IPC Assembly & Joining Processes Committee, hosted by Mr. Lambert at the 2011 IPC APEX Expo, provided a forum for the exchange of information, guidelines, and standards by professionals in the electronics industry. The standards and guidelines discussed by this committee apply to assembly, soldering, and related materials…

2011 IPC APEX Show in Las Vegas

The schedules are in and it appears the topics of discussion this time around will be related to the 620 cable and harness document, the 600 and 6012 boards’ document and the Assembly and Joining Handbook AJ-820…

SMTA to Host EPTAC’s Helena Pasquito at Upcoming Capital Chapter Meeting

The Capital Chapter is pleased to announce the upcoming SMTA meeting at EIT, Inc., 108 Carpenter Drive, Sterling, VA 20164 on March 29, 2011 from 4pm-8pm. Ms. Helena Pasquito, EPTAC Corporation, will discuss the utmost important key industry standards IPC J-STD-001 as well as IPC-A-610 and the changes both standards have experienced over the past years…

EPTAC’s Leo Lambert to Host Assembly & Joining Committee at APEX 2011

Leo Lambert will host the Assembly & Joining Processes Committee planning meeting on Sunday April 10, 2011 at APEX 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is a planning meeting for the task group and subcommittee leaders of the Assembly and Joining Processes Committees…