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REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2022 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE I I-CONNECT007 111 I found it incredible to connect with peo- ple around the world through one common denominator, electronics standards. Being sur- rounded with such a diverse range of individu- als has not only given me the opportunity to connect and learn more about the industry, but also become an essential part of the Factory of the Future. I was able to attend professional develop- ment and technical courses, and participate in the voting process for committee meetings. I even had the opportunity to get outside my comfort zone and talk to people working for companies such as NASA, Honeywell, and Lockheed Martin. is semester, I started tak- ing Dale Carnegie, and one of the most impor- tant things he says is to listen to others more than talking about yourself. I took that prin- ciple into action, and it helped me feel com- fortable talking to different CEOs, learning the secrets to their success in the industry. I was even given the opportunity to sit at the front table looking out to the audience of the awards ceremony and be recognized as the student director on the board of directors for IPC. As a college junior, at first it felt intimidating (and it still partially is), but I feel like this place and these people are where I am meant to be. e best feeling of all is that the environment at APEX EXPO felt like a home away from home. Now I know that I can make a change in the way education is viewed in the industry, and I can't wait to see what the future holds. Presenter: Gerjan Diepstraten, Advanced Technology Manager, ITWEAE What is the most interesting question that your IPC APEX EXPO presentation answers? Some new solder alloys were recently introduced into the mar- ket. Some are low-solder temperature alloys, but a variety are also high-reliability alloys that cover the gap after eliminating SnPb. However, some of these alloys are not compatible with selective soldering. This will be explained in my presentation. What is your answer to that question, and why? The answer is that some alloys have concentrations of Cu and or Ni that generate needles, and the com- position of these alloys falls apart. What is the most important piece of advice that you have for your audience? Select a lead-free alloy that has a stable composition and low risk of decomposing. I offer recommendations for the most advantageous solder process conditions and solder composition management. IPC APEX EXPO: Conference Speakers Speak Out Solder Alloy Contribution to Robust Selective Soldering Process Continues on page 112

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