IPC APEX EXPO 2020 will be held February 1-6 in San Diego, Calif. The 2020 edition marks the 20th anniversary of the event, which offers attendees the opportunity to network with peers; reconnect with fellow committee members; participate in professional development courses; listen to a keynote; and experience a show floor that will be host to top-rated suppliers, innovators, and experts in the electronics industry.

Show organizers have announced several new features of the 2020 event, including a Fundamentals Program as part of the Technical Conference. Geared toward adding value to the attendee experience, the program provides curated content covering the many facets of the electronics industry. The program will include an introduction to IPC and standards basics; safety, EHS, and environmental standards; circuit board design and fabrication; components and terminology; soldering process; surface reliability considerations; and more.

Another new feature in 2020 is Sessions @ the Intersection, which offers sessions that are free to all attendees and will address hot industry topics. Session topics include diversity in the supply chain, PCB challenges, emerging applications, and technology developments that evolve material and fabricator expectations.

Additional show highlights include:

  • Keynote speaker Burt Rutan discussing the new era in commercial space travel and race for space
  • Professional development courses—ranging from informative classes for engineers ready to level-up in their careers to advanced classes—to help attendees build knowledge and enrich their careers
  • Networking activities such as the newcomers reception, ribbon cutting ceremony, and an ice cream social on the show floor
  • IPC CFX Industry 4.0 Digital Factory, including live demonstrations on the show floor of IPC-CFX (the electronics industry’s developed standard for the foundation of Industry 4.0) that will feature how both the HERMES standard (IPC-9852) and IPC’s Connected Factory eXchange (CFX) IoT messaging standard (IPC-2591) work seamlessly together to deliver SMT automation value

Additional details are available at https://ipcapexexpo2020.ipc.org.