New Testing Facility Set for Launch at IPC APEX EXPO

Printed board assembly cleaning and contamination testing center to make its debut in San Diego.

The Association Connecting Electronic Industries, or IPC, 1 has announced that the Printed Board Assembly Cleaning and Contamination Testing Center will make its debut at IPC APEX EXPO®, set to take place Feb. 19–21, 2013, at the San Diego Convention Center. Organized by IPC and National Physical Laboratory, NPL, the center will provide practical guidance on implementing effective cleaning and contamination monitoring processes and help visitors overcome common reliability issues.

“We’re encouraging visitors to the center to bring in board assemblies, components and failure analysis reports,” said Bob Willis, center presenter and NPL Process Defect Database coordinator. “We’ll help to determine the true causes of failures and offer proven, viable solutions--right on the show floor.”

Processes that will be demonstrated at the center include: ionic testing, surface insulation resistance (SIR), solder paste flux cleaning systems, cleaning materials, optical inspection, PCB and component compatibility testing, ion chromatography with on-the-spot assessment, and more. During the show, the center will also feature 20-minute seminar presentations on topics such as cleaning equipment installation requirements, CAF failure and defect analysis and PCB assembly contamination measurement. In addition, the center will offer live testing, prize drawings for cleaning standards, and a display of cleaning books and test boards available in the industry. There will also be an opportunity to meet some of the engineers who help develop the IPC industry standards on cleaning. Show participants can submit questions in advance by sending an e-mail to

For more information on the Printed Board Assembly Cleaning and Contamination Testing Center--as well as other activities at IPC APEX EXPO--please visit Remember: access to the exhibit hall and center is free to pre-registrants, a savings of $25 on-site. Individuals who register by Jan. 25, 2013, for any of the event’s paid activities will save 20 percent off registration fees. Registration packages offering additional savings can be viewed at


  1. IPC is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,300 member companies representING 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 $2.02 trillion global electronics industry.

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