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17 November 2016

IPC Releases New Online Training Course, IPC Essentials

 

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announces a new online training course, IPC Essentials, designed to enhance knowledge of IPC standards, the standards development process and how standards can be used on the factory floor. The course is now available on IPC’s online learning platform, IPC EDGE and was developed for new factory floor personnel as well as operators seeking certified IPC specialist (CIS) status.

           Through animation and live video footage, “Stella,” an animated factory operator, navigates students through a brief history of IPC, the electronics industry, and how standards are used in printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing from design concept to a finished product and steps in between. Students will also learn how IPC standards are developed, revised and documented and how to get involved in the standards development process. Knowledge checks throughout the two-hour course are provided so students can review materials within each course module, prior to the final test. Students receive a certificate of completion if they achieve a grade of 80 percent or more.

“IPC Essentials answers many questions that industry members have asked of IPC. PCB manufacturing operators and technicians will learn the importance of training and certification to IPC standards,” said Kris Roberson, IPC manager of certification and training products and portfolio products. “Course participants will come to understand the value they can bring to their company by understanding standards and knowing how to use them and thus will be better prepared for training and certification to specific IPC standards that are critical to PCB manufacturing,” Roberson adds.

IPC Essentials in now available on IPC EDGE. For more information on IPC Essentials and other training and certification course, visit www.ipc.org/EDGE.

 

North American PCB Sales and Orders Up in September
IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for September 2016

IPC have announced the September 2016 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Solid order growth moved the book-to-bill ratio up to 1.03.

Total North American PCB shipments in September 2016 were 2.7 percent ahead of the same month last year. Year-to-date as of September, shipment growth is up 4.0 percent. Compared to the preceding month, September shipments increased 17.8 percent.

PCB bookings in September increased 6.3 percent year-on-year, returning year-to-date bookings growth to positive territory at 0.1 percent. Compared to the previous month, orders in September 2016 were down by 5.3 percent.

“Solid year-on-year growth in orders drove September’s increase in the North American PCB industry’s ­­book-to-bill ratio, while sales were also up in September,” said Sharon Starr, IPC’s market research director. “Sales growth rates again differed markedly for different segments of the industry, with flexible circuits driving most of the month’s sales growth,” she added.

 

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Detailed Data Available

The next edition of IPC’s North American PCB Market Report,containing detailed September data from IPC’s PCB Statistical Program, will be available next week. The monthly report presents detailed findings on rigid PCB and flexible circuit sales and orders, including separate rigid and flex book-to-bill ratios, growth trends by company size tiers, military and medical market growth, demand for prototypes, and other timely data. This report is available free to current participants in IPC’s PCB Statistical Program and by subscription to others. More information about this report can be found at www.ipc.org/market-research-reports.

Interpreting the Data

The book-to-bill ratios are calculated by dividing the value of orders booked over the past three months by the value of sales billed during the same period from companies in IPC’s survey sample. A ratio of more than 1.00 suggests that current demand is ahead of supply, which is a positive indicator for sales growth over the next three to six months. A ratio of less than 1.00 indicates the reverse.

Year-on-year and year-to-date growth rates provide the most meaningful view of industry growth. Month-to-month comparisons should be made with caution as they reflect seasonal effects and short-term volatility. Because bookings tend to be more volatile than shipments, changes in the book-to-bill ratios from month to month might not be significant unless a trend of more than three consecutive months is apparent. It is also important to consider changes in both bookings and shipments to understand what is driving changes in the book-to-bill ratio.

IPC’s monthly PCB industry statistics are based on data provided by a representative sample of both rigid PCB and flexible circuit manufacturers selling in the USA and Canada. IPC publishes the PCB book-to-bill ratio at the end of each month. Statistics for the current month are normally available in the last week of the following month.

                              

Mayim Bialik Chosen as Opening Keynote at IPC APEX EXPO 2017

Industry votes to hear from actress and neuroscientist

 Actress and neuroscientist, Mayim Bialik, has been selected through a vote of electronics industry professionals to present the opening keynote at IPC APEX EXPO® on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in San Diego.

Bialik will present, “The Big Bang Theory: Making Science Cool (& Funny)” and will discuss how the show, “The Big Bang Theory” has helped to break down perceived science “barriers” to make it cool and fun.

On the show, Bialik plays neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler and uses her own Ph.D. in neuroscience as the foundation for her unforgettable character. She’ll share her keen scientific mind and her wonderful sense of humor as she explores the work of the brain, of behavioral development, of her life as an actress and scientist, and of the special relationship that exists between “The Big Bang Theory” and its audience.

“We’ve had great success asking industry to vote for the opening keynote and we’re thrilled to have Ms. Bialik speak to attendees at IPC APEX EXPO 2017, said Alicia Balonek, senior director, trade shows and events. “As a result of opening the vote to industry, we’ve had standing-room attendance at past opening keynotes. Most important, IPC is making a commitment to deliver what members and industry want and we’ll continue to elevate the experience of this event.”

Bialik’s opening keynote is free to all registered IPC APEX EXPO attendees. The conference and exhibition will run February 14–16, 2017. For more information, visit www.IPCAPEXEXPO.org.

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