The first IPC World Championship hand-soldering competition at IPC APEX EXPO, on February 21, delivered on 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 won a $1,000 cash prize, a new Metcal soldering station, a Mantis inspection system, and a Sovella ESD footrest. Second place went to Viengkeo (Gail) Sourivongs of Connecticut-based Imperial Electronic Assembly. The third-place prize went to Wang He of China’s Changchun Institute of Optics.
In the IPC APEX EXPO Hand-Soldering Competition that preceded the world championship, first place, $500 and a Sovella ESD footrest went to Katie Chanla from Imperial Electronic Assembly. Second place and $250 was won by Laurie Stilwell, also from Imperial Electronic Assembly, while Penny Mendez took third place and a $100 cash prize. Sponsors for the event included Metcal, Alpha, EPTAC, and PACE and included the support of Vision Engineering and Sovella Treston.
“Spectators got a first-hand look at the talent, workmanship, quality, and speed of the contestants who put on quite a “heated” show,” said Kris Roberson, IPC’s manager of assembly technology and coordinator of the competitions. “The competitions were a great success and we hope to continue with these highly popular events for many years.
Hand soldering competitions are planned for Malaysia, Korea, and Thailand in the coming months.