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18 December 2015

Institute of Circuit Technology Foundation Course in PCB Design and Manufacturing at Loughborough University


The ICT has announced their 2016 Foundation Course which will run from 11th – 14th April 2016. The programme is as shown below:-

DAY 1 – Monday 11th April at MTC, Coventry

Monday 11th April:

Enrolment at MTC, Coventry / coffee

10:00 – 11:10

Basic Manufacturing Sequence – Steve Kerr, Invotec Group

11:00 – 12:00

Design for Manufacture – Martin Cotton, Ventec- Europe

LUNCH – 12:00 – 12:30

12:30 – 13:30

Digital Manufacturing – Neil Chilton, Printed Electronics

13:30 – 15:00

PCB Plant Visit



DAY 2 – Loughborough University

Tuesday 12th April:

09:00 – 10:00

Manufacture of PCB &M/L Laminates – Geoff  Layhe, Lamar Group

10:00 – 11:00

Programming, Drilling and Routing – Gavin  Barclay         ACS Ltd.

11:00 – 12:00

Imaging and Film Technology – Glen Swanton, Agfa PCB Products

12.00 – 13.00


13:00 – 14:00

Etching and Pre –treatment Processes – Tom Parker, CCE Europe

14:00 – 15:00

Photomechanical Processes – John Rankine,   Eternal Technology Corp.

15:00 – 16:00

Through Hole Plating and Multilayer Desmear – Steve Hirst, Chestech


DAY 3 – Loughborough


Wednesday 13th April

09:00 – 10:00

Principles of Plating Copper – Dr Andy Cobley, Coventry University

10:00 – 11:00

Surface Preparation and Adhesion Promoters – Nick Orchard,      MacDermid

11:00 – 12:00

Alternative Surface Finishes – John Cornforth, Enthone Ltd

12.00 – 13.00


13:00 – 14:00

Soldermask Application Processes – Chris Wall, Electra Polymers Ltd

14:00 – 15:00

Assembly Fusing and Soldering – Patrick Webb, Loughborough University

15:00 – 16:00

Automatic Optical Inspection – Andrew Norton, Peplertech


Day 4 – Loughborough

Thursday 14th April

09:00 – 10:00

Bare Board Test – Andre Bodegom, Adeon Technologies

10:00 – 11:00

IECQ using IPC Standards           – Mrs Lynn Houghton, Hi5 Electronics

11:00 – 12:00

Embedded Devices – speaker TBA


Course Review, luncheon and departure.

ICT Seminar and AGM at Tewkesbury – March 2016

The ICT Evening Seminar and AGM will be held  at the

Puckrup Hall Hotel , Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire,  on 1st March

Registration will take place from 1630, with the AGM commencing at 1730.

Presentations will include on the REPRIME project  – given by Stuart Dalrymple – this is a project to develop new chemistry for the metal finishing and PCB industries.

An update on the MacFest project and a summary of the crabs project -

will follow from Professor Martin Goosey.

The event will be supported by Exception PCB Solutions_*

Puckrup Hall Hotel,

Puckrup, Tewkesbury, GL20 6EL,

United Kingdom

TEL: +44-1684-296-200

FAX: +44-1684-850-788


(Very close to Junction 1 of the M50)

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