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September 17, 2008 - Addressing product verification at each level of manufacturing process, IPC International Test and Inspection Technology Conference: Reducing Time to Market will be held Nov 10-12. "Future of Test and Inspection Protocols" workshop will take place on Nov 10, and on Nov 11, sessions will cover supply-chain testing. Nov 12 will include keynote on variation in testing strategies. Concluding with vendor presentations, conference will allow participants to explore changing world of test protocols.

IPC's International Test and Inspection Conference to Highlight Cycle Time, Cost Reductions and Improved Time to Market

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

Press release date: September 9, 2008

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, September 9, 2008 - Product verification has grown more complex than ever before and test methodologies have become a collaborative activity between the end customer and the assembler. All levels of the supply chain have concerns about cycle time, cost reduction and providing high-quality products to the next "runner" in the supply chain relay. To provide a review of product verification at each level of the manufacturing process, IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has developed a three-day test and inspection conference. "IPC International Test and Inspection Technology Conference: Reducing Time to Market" will take place November 10-12, 2008 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Kicking off the event on the afternoon of November 10, a half-day workshop, "Future of Test and Inspection Protocols," will be held. Workshop leaders will explore test and inspection alternatives, consider cost implications and incorporate all associated technologies for test and inspection.

Workshop presenter and IPC director of technology transfer, Dieter Bergman, explains, "The conference will examine the methods and practices currently used to validate the performance capability of electronic equipment. Attendees will explore different testing methods and strategies that verify the sum and quality of the parts used in the assembly process - electronic components, base materials, printed boards, application-specific subassemblies and more."

Adds Micheala Brody, cofounder of Zero Defects and program committee member, "Time is money. Rules have changed and test methodologies have become a collaborative activity between the end customer and the assembler. Manufacturing and test engineers from OEM to EMS companies looking for a thorough review of product verification - through testing and inspection - at each level of the manufacturing process must attend this conference."

On November 11, sessions will cover supply-chain testing, including electronic components, materials, printed boards, and assembly test and inspection methodologies. The day will end with a closing keynote on customer expectations for the future of testing provided by a panel of OEM (original equipment manufacturer) representatives.

November 12 will begin with an opening keynote on variation in testing strategies. Conference speakers will address: test fixtures; boundary scan planning; MDA, ICT, and functional testing; automated optical inspection and automated X-ray inspection; environmental stress screening and ultrasound testing. Concluding with vendor presentations, the entire conference will allow participants to explore the changing world of test protocols - and reduce their time to market.

For additional information on the conference, including the full agenda and registration form, visit or contact Anne Marie Mulvihill, IPC professional development program manager, at +1 847-597-2827 or

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.
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