PARIS – Catherine Cardinal-Simon from Thales Microelectronic won the IPC Hand Soldering Competition at IFTEC, taking home a cash prize of €300 and a JBC soldering station. She earned 443 points out of a possible 446.
Thirty-three competitors participated in the event. Second place went to Mathieu Roudier from 3D Plus. Valerie Elliot Saudras from SELHA Group took third place.
Participants were tasked with building a functional electronics assembly within a 60-min. time limit. Master Instructor trainers from IFTEC served as independent judges and evaluated each assembly based on workmanship, overall functionality, compliance with IPC-A-610 Class 3 criteria, and speed to complete the printed circuit board.
“The best-of-the-best hand soldering talent in France came to compete at IFTEC,” said David Bergman, IPC vice president of international relations. “IPC would like to thank hand soldering competition gold sponsors JBC, Kurtz Ersa, Thales and Weller; silver sponsors Icape, MBO, Metronelec, and bronze sponsors CIF, IFTEC, JBC, MicroCare, SDEP for their support.”
Cardinal–Simon will compete at the IPC World Championship Hand Soldering Competition at Productronica.