Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, UK, 19 September 2019 – Twenty hand soldering professionals from 12 British companies demonstrated their exceptional hand soldering abilities at the regional IPC Hand Soldering Competition held on 18–19 September at What’s New In Electronics (WNIE) in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, UK. Competitors hand soldered a complex printed circuit board with 402 components to IPC-A-610G within a specified time limit.
First place winner, Justyna Mikolajczyk from Zettlex, completed her board in 50 minutes and 42 seconds, achieving 440 out of 445 possible points. As the new 2019 Champion for the UK, she received a a cash prize of 300 GBP, a soldering station from JBC, a soldering station from Hakko and a fully paid trip to participate in the IPC Hand Soldering World Championship at productronica this November in Munich.
Second place went to Phillip Smith from CIL, who completed his board in one hour, earning 421 out of 445 possible points. Smith, a former UK champion in hand soldering, received a cash prize of 200 GBP.
Third place went to Przemyslaw Marzalek, MSF Technologies, completing his board in 56 minutes, 30 seconds, earning 405 points. Przemyslaw was the UK Champion last year and competed for the world championship title in the World Championship held at IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego, California. He took home a cash prize of 100 GBP.
The IPC Hand Soldering Competition and World Championship will take place in Munich, 12-14, November, at productronica. The final competition of 2019 will be held on 12-13 November, with the World Championship taking place on Thursday, 14 November.
IPC thanks Gold Sponsors: JBC, Hakko and Thalès and Silver Sponsors: Optilia, The Daylight Company, NCAB, Almit, Electrolube, Zestron, and ART-Advance Rework Technology Ltd. (IPC Training Center in the UK).
We thank and congratulate all participants and their companies for their presence in this competition that showcases hand soldering as a critical skill for our industry. We hope to see you at upcoming competitions.
For photos from the competition, visit photo album: IPC HSC at WNIE.