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IPC and SMTA host electronics assembly cleaning symposium.

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November 18, 2008 - With record-setting 143 attendees, IPC and SMTA cleaning symposium covered new research and fresh perspectives on cleaning, as well as end-use applications for aerospace and military, computer, medical, and automotive industries. Jim Raby addressed evolution of manufacturing residues and their effects on electronics assembly, while Linda Woody covered "Nozzle Design and Implementation for Cleaning Residues from High-Density, Low-Profile Component Assemblies."

IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries - Bannockburn, IL

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IPC And SMTA Provide a Clean Sweep for Attendees of High-Performance Electronics Assembly Cleaning Symposium

Press release date: November 14, 2008

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, November 14, 2008 - A record-setting 143 attendees got their hands dirty as they delved into the world of electronics assembly cleaning at the IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® and SMTA (Surface Mount Technology Association) cleaning symposium held in Rosemont, Ill., on October 28-29, 2008. "Much of the content shared was content not seen before," said Dave Torp, IPC vice president of standards and technology. "Presenters provided new research and fresh perspectives on cleaning and represented the full range of end-use applications for the aerospace and military, computer, medical and automotive industries." Jim Raby, technical director of STI Electronics, reviewed history and looked to the future in his day-one keynote on the evolution of manufacturing residues and their effects on electronics assembly. Day one also included discussions on electronic cleaning fluid designs and cleanliness assessment. Linda Woody, engineering manager, Lockheed Martin, engaged attendees with her day-two keynote, representing more than 10 years of research, "Nozzle Design and Implementation for Cleaning Residues from High-Density, Low-Profile Component Assemblies." Additional presenters also covered cleaning machines, lead-free cleaning and cleaning process integration. Said Woody, "Speakers were engaging and never marketed their products, but engaged in the business of getting better. They 'came clean' and were honest in their presentations and panel discussions. Attendees left the symposium with a clearer understanding of electronics assembly cleaning." Conference proceedings can be ordered from IPC Customer Service by calling +1 847-597-2862 or from the SMTA bookstore at 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. About SMTA
The SMTA membership is an international network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies, including microsystems, emerging technologies and related business operations.


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