Elaine Chesnai, Thales, Takes First Place at Regional IPC Hand Soldering Competition in Germany

Nuremberg, Germany, 10 May 2019 – Thirty-two hand soldering professionals, including five women and 27 men from 25 different European companies demonstrated their exceptional abilities to hand solder at the regional IPC Hand Soldering Competition held on 6 – 9 May at SMTconnect in Nuremberg, Germany.

Competitors in the professionals category hand soldered a complex printed circuit board with 402 components to IPC-A-610G within a specified time limit.

The winner, Eliane Chesnai from Thales DMS France, completed her board in 59 min. and 12 sec. achieving 438 out of 445 possible points. She received a participation certificate, a cash prize of 300 EUR, a soldering station from JBC, a soldering station from Hakko, a special gift from Almit and an invitation to participate in the IPC Hand Soldering World Championship at productronica this November in Munich fully covered by IPC.

Second and third prizes went to Marina Bouvet from Thales DMS France and Ekaterina Stahlmann from Grundig GmbH Bayreuth respectively.

In addition, the beginners category gathered 11 enthusiastic competitors from 10 different companies or schools during the three-day show. Two competitors completed a full-functioning simple board in less than 20 minutes. Stephan Stahlmann from Grundig Business Systems took the first prize and Ziad Alvez from PMK the second.

This regional IPC Hand Soldering Competition was sponsored by JBC, Hakko, Thales, Microsolder, Optilia, The Daylight Company, Almit, Zestron and NCAB. Judges included Rob Walls, Stefan Walls  and Ivar Kaljula, MIT-Master IPC trainers from PIEK and TYPT, the IPC accredited training centres in The Netherlands and Estonia.

Upcoming regional IPC Hand Soldering Competitions include:

  • The United Kingdom in September in Birmingham at WNIE
  • Germany again in November at productronica in Munich

We thank and congratulate all participants and their companies for their presence in this project that showcases hand soldering as a critical skill for our industry. We hope to see you in future editions.

More information about upcoming IPC Hand Soldering Competitions can be found here.