London UK UK The IPC Designers Council is to hold its first Designers Learning Symposium for printed circuit board (PCB) designers in the Europe. It will be held in London in May and is supported by the IPC United Kingdom (UK) Designers Council Chapter, Premier EDA Solutions and the Fachverband Elektronik-Design (FED — Berlin).
Dieter Bergman, IPC's director of technology transfer, claimed “European PCB designers have watched the growth of IPC's North American Designers Learning Symposiums over the years and expressed much interest in a similar venue in their region.”
“With the recent formation of the IPC UK Designers Council Chapter, an organization dedicated to raising the profile, professionalism and standard of PCB designers in the UK, it was a natural collaboration to launch the European Designers Learning Symposium,” added Bergman. “The IPC Designers Council is very excited about working with the UK Chapter and Premier EDA Solutions to launch this foundational event.”
The European event will offer a technical conference with papers and presentations dealing with the industry's hottest topics, as well as several workshops on the necessary skills that PCB designers and others involved in engineering or manufacturing can immediately apply.
There will also be an interactive, half-day off-site applied training segment at a interconnect manufacturing service/PCB company.
Designers who want to become Certified Interconnect Designers will be able to participate in the Designer Certification Program at the symposium. Developed to assess one's knowledge of how to transform a schematic into a reliable rigid PCB design that can be easily manufactured, assembled and tested, these certification classes are based on several critical IPC documents that link design principles to the end product use of the printed wiring assembly.