IPC Hand Soldering Competition Winner Crowned at SMT Hybrid Packaging 2015

June 11, 2015 — The competition got "heated" as 38 competitors from 26 electronics companies competed at IPC's Hand Soldering Competition at SMT Hybrid Packaging 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany. Taking first place, a cash prize of €300 and the chance to compete in the 2016 IPC Hand Soldering World Championship in Las Vegas, was Ekaterina (Katja) Stahlmann, Grundig Business Systems GmbH. Stahlmann earned 246 points out of 252.

Second place and a cash prize of €200 went to Manuela Ehrhardt, JVI GmbH. Saskia Schroder, Fraunhofer ISIT, took third place and a cash prize of €100.

Participants in the hand soldering competition were tasked with building a functional electronics assembly within a 45-minute time limit. Master Instructor Trainers, Rob and Stefan Walls, PIEK, served as independent judges and evaluated each assembly based on workmanship, overall functionality, compliance with IPC-A-610 Class 3 criteria and speed of completion.

"The best-of-the-best hand soldering talent in Europe came to compete at this event," said David Bergman, IPC vice president of international relations. "The competition was tough, but each competitor rose to the challenge. We look forward to hosting more hand soldering competition across the globe."

Bergman added, "IPC would like to thank hand soldering competition gold sponsors: JBC Tools, Factronix GmbH, and PACE Worldwide; silver sponsors: Almit GmbH, and Balver Zinn GmbH; bronze sponsor: Vision Engineering; and contest contributors: Elmatica, IFTEC institute, Microsolder Ltd., and PIEK, for their support."

IPC will hold its next European hand soldering competition on November 10-13 at productronica 2015 in Munich, Germany. For more information on this competition and other upcoming IPC hand soldering competitions, visit www.ipc.org/hsc.

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