IPC APEX EXPO 2022 will welcome the electronics manufacturing community to the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif., on January 22-27. The largest North American event for the electronics manufacturing industry is expected to draw approximately 9,000 attendees from 45 countries.

Attendees will be able to choose from more than 100 educational opportunities and network with hundreds of exhibitors, as well as peers and industry leaders from across the world. Attendees, exhibitors, speakers, instructors, staff, and all convention center contractors at IPC APEX EXPO will be required to present either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (NCT) within 72 hours of arrival to enter the event.

“The safety, security and health of those experiencing IPC APEX EXPO is our top priority,” said John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO. “IPC APEX EXPO is a large, indoor event with several thousand attendees expected, increasing the risk of transmission. To mitigate that risk, we will follow the guidelines set by the California Department of Public Health, requiring vaccine verification or negative testing to ‘indoor mega events’ involving 1,000 or more participants. IPC will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and may update protocols as we get closer to the event.”

Professional Development and Technical Sessions

Professional Development Courses on a number of topics will be offered January 23-24. Training opportunities are organized into several areas of interest: Assembly Processes; Circuit Design and Component Technologies; Factory of the Future; Management; PCB Fabrication and Materials; and Quality, Reliability, Test, and Inspection.

The Technical Conference begins on January 25, and sessions will be held through January 27. Four tracks comprise this year’s technical session offerings: Factory of the Future Implementation; PCB Fabrication and Materials; Quality, Reliability, Test, and Inspection; and Materials, Assembly, and Environment.

Exhibit Hall

Exhibits will be open January 25-27, and the event will offer multiple activities on the show floor. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will kick off the exhibition at 9:45 a.m. on January 25. 

Booth 1701 will house the Factory of the Future Pavilion to showcase solutions for real business challenges by identifying new technologies that modernize industry processes. On hand will be technologies such as AI-enabled inspection, AI-machine learning, CAD, 3D design, simulation, additive manufacturing, and more.

A Show Floor Reception will be held January 25 from 5-6 p.m. to provide attendees with the opportunity to network with industry colleagues, make new connections, and interact with leading suppliers. In addition, January 26 will bring an Ice Cream Social from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Booth 3815 is earmarked to enable attendees to meet with poster presenters during these networking sessions. In addition, poster presenters will be available on January 27, from 12-2 p.m.

Additional Networking Opportunities

As the industry returns to in-person events, many activities are planned to enable safe interactions. For those who haven’t attended IPX APEX EXPO previously, a Newcomers Reception is planned for January 24 from 5-6 p.m. The International Reception will be held the same evening, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

January 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. will bring the Women in Electronics Reception. And two events are scheduled for January 26: the Tribal Knowledge Cultivation Project (1:30-2:30 p.m.) and Trivia Networking Night (6-7:30 p.m.).

For registration and additional details, visit www.ipcapexexpo.org.

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