The wire harness is playing an increasingly significant role in the integration of electronic systems within automotive, aerospace and industrial applications in today’s electronics industry marketplace. Globally, more original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are looking to wire harness manufacturers as partners in outsourcing to add capacity, reduce delivery time, control cost, or to meet local manufacturing content requirements in some parts of the world. Communication between the OEM and their wire harness manufacturing partner is critical to their success. IPC has partnered with the Wiring Harness Manufacturers Association (WHMA) to create a standard, IPC/WHMA-A-620, to aid in this communication. IPC/WHMA-A-620, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies is seeing increased use by industry as companies want to use an industry standard to control quality and maintain strong communication between user and supplier. In addition, IPC has developed an employee training and certification program as well as a validation services program to help the industry to achieve successful implementations of IPC/WHMA-A-620.

Wire harness manufacturers are on the front line of technical challenges. IPC and WHMA are organizing our first European wire harness conference to identify some of these challenges, explain IPC/WHMA-A-620 in more depth and how it can help your business. Case studies on the successful implementation of IPC/WHMA-A-620 and its positive impact on business will be shared during this conference. Abstracts for technical presentations are being requested from industry on the following topics.

Topics for Technical Conference

  • IPC/WHMA-A-620 implementation
  • Overview on the cabling and interconnection industry and contractors
  • Overview on standards for no solder interconnection Cables and counterfeiting
  • Connectors
  • Tooling
  • Calibration
  • Connector interconnection environmental testing
  • Quality requirements
  • Reliability issues and failure analysis
  • Standards and training
  • Electrical testing
  • Process equipment
  • Wire harness troubleshooting
  • Case studies on A-620 success

Contact Dave Bergman: with proposal/submissions

Technical Conference
Requirements for Submission

Provide an abstract of approximately 300 words that summarizes technical work, covering case histories, research and discoveries. Authors of papers selected for the conference will each receive a detailed speaker manual to assist them with numerous items, including the formatting of their papers and presentation slides.

The selection process is competitive and sufficient detail needs to be included to allow the Technical Program Committee to properly assess content of the proposed paper. The paper should be noncommercial and describe significant results from experiments, emphasize new techniques, discuss trends of interest and contain technical and/or appropriate test results. Presentations will be limited to 30 minutes, which includes approximately 5 minutes for questions and answers.

Contact Dave Bergman: with proposal/submissions

Conference Benefits

Conference speakers are entitled to a free conference pass

Table Tops/Sponsorship opportunities

Table top exhibits and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Philippe Leonard at

Conference Paper Timeline

  • Proposals due April 1, 2017
  • Acceptance by May 1, 2017
  • Presentations July 1, 2017
  • Final presentation revisions due September 1, 2017

Program Committee

IPC and WHMA are indebted to the following industry experts who served as program committee members for the IPC/WHMA European Wire Harness Manufacturing Conference.

  • Debbie Wade, ART, UK
  • Bob Willis, UK
  • Sean Keating, Amphenol UK
  • Jonathan Albrieux, IFTEC France
  • Rick Bromm, WHMA USA
  • Michael Schöning, Q-Products Europe, Germany
  • David Bergman, IPC HQ
  • Lars Wallin, IPC Europe

About IPC
Since 1957, IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has been guiding the electronic interconnection industry through its dramatic changes. A global trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its more than 3,900 member companies, IPC represents all facets of the industry including design, printed board manufacturing, and 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. With global headquarters based in Bannockburn, Illinois, USA, 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 (China headquarters), Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.

About WHMA
The Wiring Harness Manufacturer’s Association® Can Help You Stay On Top of Market Conditions. The Wiring Harness Manufacturer’s Association® was established in 1993. WHMA® is the ONLY organization exclusively serving American manufacturers of wiring harnesses, electronic cable assemblies, and cord sets, along with their suppliers and distributors. WHMA® members have banded together as a not-for-profit association in the spirit of volunteerism and mutual benefit to provide the only industry forum through which member companies can aggressively solve both their specific problems and also address pressing industry problems. The WHMA is dedicated to providing our members the technical support, access to leading edge technology, benchmarking and the ability to network with the leaders in wire processing equipment, services and manufacturing. The Wiring Harness Manufacturer’s Association is the only organization dedicated to serving the wire harness/cable industry.

For more information about conference participation, please contact David Bergman at  or +1 847-597-2840.

For table top or sponsorship opportunities contact Philippe Leonard at