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August 14, 2008 - Scheduled for Sept 21-25, IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will bring together experts from around the world involved in design, electronics assembly, and PCB manufacturing to cover critical issues facing electronic interconnect industries. Technical conference and professional development courses range from latest research in lead-free technologies to updates in design, PCB fabrication, and assembly processes, to learned discussions on supply chain and business issues.

IPC Midwest's Technical Conference And Professional Development Courses Propel Industry Forward

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IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries
3000 Lakeside Drive
Bannockburn, IL, 60015

Press release date: August 12, 2008

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, August 12, 2008 - Experts from around the world involved in design, electronics assembly and PCB manufacturing will cover critical issues facing the electronic interconnect industries during professional development courses and technical conference offerings at IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition. The event will be held September 21-25 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, in Schaumburg, Ill.

"IPC staff has worked with industry experts to develop a top-notch array of half-day professional development courses that will take place September 22-23," said Jean Hebeisen, IPC director of professional development. "Nearly two dozen courses, ranging from lead-free process assembly issues to next generation technologies to strategies for regulatory compliance, should enhance attendees' professional development and give them the tools they need to contribute to their companys' success."

Courses considered as "must attends" include: "Solder Joint Reliability: Failure Mode and Root Cause Analysis," "SMT Process Verification," "Fundamentals of PCB Fabrication," and "Understanding Failure and Root-Cause Analysis in Lead-Free Electronics."

The technical conference runs September 24-25 and will offer sessions on business management, REACH compliance and the global supply chain, and the latest on PCB fabrication, lead-free alloys, cleaning, assembly, backward compatibility, in addition to a dozen more.

"This year's technical program will have a similar flavor to IPC APEX EXPO(TM). Our intent is not to clone the success of the larger conference, but to make it possible for those who missed the larger show in Las Vegas to hear some of the papers that were judged to be the 'pick of APEX,'" said Dr. Greg Munie, technical conference director. "Twenty-two papers - selected by the technical committee for their excellence - will be offered to Midwest attendees. We will also offer several free forums covering topics from emerging advanced packages to best practices learned from the lead-free audit program and the nuts and bolts of the new materials declaration standard, IPC-175x."

Munie noted that the technical conference and professional development courses strive to offer something for everyone - from the latest research in lead-free technologies to updates in design, PCB fabrication and assembly processes to learned discussions on supply chain and business issues. He added, "IPC Midwest is bringing experts from around the world to stimulate ideas for new ways to approach industry challenges."

For more information on the technical conference, including paper titles, authors and more, visit To view all the professional development courses by topic or instructor, visit

About IPC
IPC ( is a global trade association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 2,700 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 $1.5 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Garden Grove, Calif.; Stockholm, Sweden; and Shanghai, China.

Anna Garrido, IPC Director of Marketing and Communications
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