IPC Day – Understanding Failures for Improved Reliability

Last Monday, 3 December 2018, 20 European IPC members and PCB professionals convened at IHS-Markit Global Headquarter premises in Central London to attend this IPC Day UK, organized with IPC British Training Center ART-Advanced Rework Technology Ltd. During this one-day gathering, IPC offered unique insight from an outstanding industry expert and provided quality information as well as networking opportunities to participants. Mr Bhanu Sood from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center delivered a Keynote presentation on « Understanding Failures for Improved Reliability ». NASA’ Bhanu Sood presented in detail some printed circuit boards’ failure mechanisms. He disambiguited PCB mechanisms in discussions with the audience and identified key contributors to the failure mechanisms. All IPC Day’ audience (including 14 companies and 6 IPC & partners representatives) gained a rare opportunity to propel their career forward and gained valuable knowledge from inspirational people.

Philippe Léonard, IPC Europe director welcomed all participants, speaker and partners and briefly presented IPC plans for European activities, including upcoming events for next year, IPC Hand Soldering Competition and the recently initiated IPC project on workforcde shortage JTA (Job Task Analysis).

Ms Debbie Wade, Managing director of ART-Advanced Rework Technology (UK-basedd IPC Training Center) welcomed participants and briefly presented IPC standards committees (especially those IPC technical activities taking place in Europe) and called for more IPC members/users engagement.
Welcoming all participants in their flagship European location, Mr Simon Alcock, IHS-Markit, briefly presented the range of IHS-Markit tools and solutions to support Electronics Industry engineering.

Coming on PCB failures root causes, topic of the day, Bhanu Sood talked the audience about « understanding specifics of the processes to get to a root cause and the fact that only when you get to the root cause can you address the reliability and make the necessary corrective action ». He mentioned that « the processes can be understood by working with the suppliers to identify where the process bottlenecks are ». For him, it could be « systematic cause with the supplier or that cause could be linked to the definition of the requirement by the customer/end-user who could be the one generating the requirement, which is often the leading contributor to the failure cause ».

IHS-Markit’ Gareth Evans concluded the day and presented IHS-Markit engineering workbench, a dedicated online platform used to access a world of standards and standard-related informations (with more than 1,7 million active documents), technical articles and much more : « IHSM provides efficient solutions to search around data and information within monsters library of millions of documents and provide specific semantic search engine that are actually answering the question you might not be directly asking him » he explained.

The Keynote Speaker
Bhanu Sood is a Commodity Risk Assessment Engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Mr. Sood serves as the Goddard Center lead and NASA Specialist managing overall development efforts pertaining to risk and reliability of Microelectronics Packaging and Printed Circuit Boards used in NASA Goddard’s flight missions and ground support equipment. Prior to joining NASA, Mr. Sood was the Laboratory Director at University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE). He holds two patents, an invention disclosure and is the author of several hundred conference papers, presentations and technical reports, four book chapters and thirty-two peer reviewed scholarly and technical manuscripts..

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