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Printed Electronics, Defect Clinic and William Shatner Highlight IPC APEX EXPO 2012

The world of electronics manufacturing is constantly moving forward with innovative technologies and improved processes. The best of these advances can be found at IPC APEX EXPO®, February 28–March 1, 2012, as participants from more than 50 countries will gather at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.  Attendees will find solutions to increase efficiency, learn about new findings and research to stay ahead of the competition and experience the largest electronics manufacturing exhibition in North America. Additionally, this year IPC APEX EXPO will feature a new focus on printed electronics.

With nearly 400 exhibitors, the exhibition will be feature suppliers for printed electronics, printed boards and electronics manufacturing. Top categories include test/inspection systems; pick and place; rework/repair; and production hand tools & fixtures plus adhesives/dispensers and more. To view the current list of exhibitors, visit

On February 28–March 1, the IPC APEX EXPO technical conference, known worldwide as one of the finest and most selective in the world, will present 100 technical papers on new research and innovations from experts in board fabrication and design and electronics assembly. New advances in the areas of lead-free alloys (especially proliferation and testing) and reliability; high temperature laminates; halogen-free and how to deal with it; counterfeit components and large BGA reliability will be covered. Also, new for this year, there will be technical sessions on printed electronics.

Beginning on Sunday, February 26, industry experts from around the world will participate in more than 70 IPC standards development committee meetings. These meetings offer participants the opportunity to have a voice in the development of industry standards influencing all aspects of the manufacture of printed boards and electronics assembly and ultimately impacting companies, customers and suppliers worldwide. Beginning this year, meetings will begin to establish industry requirements for printed electronics in the areas of design, base materials/substrates, functional materials and final assembly. These sessions are open to all registered attendees.

Also starting February 26, the professional development program will offer 49 half-day courses covering a broad range of critical topics including the latest in advanced technologies, cleaning, counterfeit components, design, HDI, lead-free technologies, materials, solder joint reliability, and more.

On Tuesday, William Shatner will deliver the opening keynote, “Captain’s Log — Boldly going where no man has gone before…” a topic he is uniquely qualified to address. The keynote is free to all registered IPC APEX EXPO attendees and exhibitors and will be followed by a book signing on the show floor.

In addition to the opening keynote, free events at IPC APEX EXPO include educational BUZZ sessions on critical industry topics, such as conflict minerals, embedded technology, process defects and supply line issues such as counterfeit parts; technical poster presentations; and Wednesday’s forecast keynote on game changers in the printed circuit board and electronics assembly industries.

Other free activities on the show floor include a New Product Zone; the first-ever IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition; the NPL Defect Database Clinic featuring new mini seminars this year; and a two-hour show floor reception.

For complete IPC APEX EXPO 2012 event information or to register, visit

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About IPC

IPC ( is a global trade association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,000 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2.02 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore, India; and Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing, China.


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