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FEBRUARY 2021 I SMT007 MAGAZINE 51 will allow you more time to get involved in dif- ferent types of groups. I have discussed these in the past as a great way to get involved with shaping guidance documents from the IPC that may directly impact your business. Group members have extensive experience with the document subject material and with each revi- sion there is discussion about requirements, and a determination on whether the revision needs to be adjusted to reflect changes in the industry. If you are interested in joining one of these task groups simply reach out to the IPC and they can get you added. My point is that while going virtual won't be the same as being in San Diego this year, there are still so many opportunities to learn infor- mation that can increase reliability in your assembly. e internet will never replace see- ing everyone in person, shaking hands, drink- ing adequate coffee for six hours, and hoping the next class has a cookie break, but we will just have to double up in Minnesota. Remem- ber, I'm buying the first round. SMT007 Eric Camden is a lead investigator at Foresite Inc. in turn, creates a more reliable product. I rec- ommend the course on creating objective evi- dence related to J-STD-001 Section 8. is relatively new section of J-STD-001 is a hot topic within the industry because it essentially removes the acceptance criteria of ROSE test- ing for any new product. We get a lot of ques- tions about this here as cleanliness testing is a big part of what we do. e course instruc- tor is Doug Pauls, who, along with the help of an experienced and knowledgeable group of experts, wrote the section. If you have any questions, this course is a great opportunity to better explain the why and how related to those changes within the J-STD-001. ere is simply no shortage of topics when it comes to the tech sessions. You can learn about everything from raw components, printed cir- cuit boards, and solder paste/flux all the way up to final packaging. With these being 90 min- utes in length you have a chance to take in many topics and speakers in a short period of time . IPC Task Group ere will still be IPC Task Group meetings but instead of packing 25 meetings into three days they will all take place virtually during March. While I would still prefer to take breaks from the meetings on that big veranda over- looking the San Diego Bay, the format this year To read past columns or contact Camden, click here.

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