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84 PCB007 MAGAZINE I DECEMBER 2018 Feature by Patty Goldman I-CONNECT007 Those not involved in the committee activi- ties may wonder what the awards luncheons at IPC APEX EXPO are all about. If nothing else, IPC—Association Connecting Electron- ics Industries—is an organization of volun- teers. Every document issued—whether spec- ification, standard, guideline, or training pro- gram or webinar—is generated entirely by vol- unteers. The IPC staff facilitates the creation of those documents by organizing and schedul- ing meetings, keeping the documents moving through the actual creation and approval pro- cess, and disseminating the results to the elec- tronics world. IPC Recognizes Volunteers at Awards Luncheons Today, IPC has more than 100 standards committees (including subcommittees and task groups) working on over 300 active doc- uments that cover every aspect of electronics manufacturing from design through assembly, including addressing specific needs of the vari- ous market segments such as automotive, mil- itary, and medical. This translates into many volunteers discuss- ing, writing, and editing a lot of documents (including revisions and updates) for our in- dustry, which also represents a lot of time— endless hours—spent on these efforts. Wheth- er it is company time or one's personal time (which, believe me, much of it is), the individ- uals who put forth this effort are to be com- mended. And, I might add, those individ uals

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