Press Release Summary:
The annual Hand Soldering Competition was held in Birmingham, United Kingdom on September 25th and 26th of 2018. It was here where 17 competitors faced off in a soldering iron competition. The contestants were required to build a functional electronics assembly within a 75 minute time frame. Out of the 17 in the competition only 7 were able to complete a functional electronics assembly. The winner was announced as Przemyslaw Marswalek from MSF Technologies Ltd., who was able to complete the task in only 65 minutes earning 435 out of a possible 445 points.
Original Press Release:
IPC Hand Soldering Competition Winner Crowned at What’s New in Electronics Live 2018
BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, October 10, 2018 — IPC, in conjunction with What’s New in Electronics Live and ART-- Advanced Rework Technology Ltd., conducted the IPC Hand Soldering Competition in Birmingham, United Kingdom, on 25-26 September 2018. Seventeen competitors went soldering iron to soldering iron, with the hope of winning the coveted hand soldering competition crown.
Participants were tasked with building a functional electronics assembly, within a 75-minute time limit. Of the 17 participants competing, only seven were able to complete a functional assembly.
Taking first place with a cash prize of £300 was Przemyslaw Marswalek from MSF Technologies Ltd (UK), who completed a functional new board in only 65 minutes, earning 435 points out of a possible 445. Marswalek is eligible to compete at the IPC Hand Soldering World Championship at IPC APEX EXPO 2019, in San Diego, Calif. in January.
Second place and a cash prize of £200 went to James Dean, Custom Interconnect Ltd. (UK), who also earned 435 points, but completed his board in 75 minutes. With a score of 427 points and completing her functional board in 71 minutes, Justina Mkolajczyk, Zettlex UK Ltd., took third place and a cash prize of £100.
Master Instructor Trainers from ART- Advanced Rework Technology Ltd. served as independent judges and evaluated each assembly based on workmanship, overall functionality, compliance with IPC-A-610G Class 3 criteria and speed to complete the printed circuit board.
“It was evident that the best hand soldering talent in the United Kingdom came to compete at What’s New in Electronics Live,” said David Bergman, IPC vice president of standards and training. “The competition was tough, but each competitor rose to the challenge. We look forward to hosting more hand soldering competitions across the globe.”
Bergman added, “IPC would like to thank hand soldering competition sponsors: PM Tech, Pace Worldwide, Bofa, Menkel, Somerset Solders and ART- Advanced Rework Technology Ltd. for their support.”
All 2018 regional winners will take their hand soldering skills to the IPC Hand Soldering World Championship which will be held at IPC APEX EXPO 2019 in San Diego, Calif. in January. For more information on IPC events visit, www.ipc.org/events.
IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 4,400 member-company sites 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 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Brussels, Belgium; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.