1402, 2020

5 Reasons to Love Your Electronic Manufacturing Certification

An electronic manufacturing certification is an important certification that any electronics manufacturing or EMS company should obtain. Before you can get this certification, you must first send your key production employees through electronics manufacturing training [...]

2810, 2019

Why Your Employees Should Be IPC Certified

The IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® offers globally-recognized electronic manufacturing training and certification programs on key Electronics Industry Standards. If your employees and other electricians undergo IPC training, they will be able to receive [...]

1709, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Blackfox Announces Mexico Expansion

Blackfox Training Institute, LLC., headquartered in Longmont, Colorado, reports that it officially expands Training Centers in Mexico.   Longmont, CO, September 17, 2019: Blackfox Training Institute reports that it has officially expanded its electronics manufacturing [...]

3008, 2019

What is an IPC Certification and Why is It Important?

According to the IPC or Association Connecting Electronics Industries, IPC Certification and Training plays a very important role in bringing value and elevating the electronics industry through a highly-competent and skilled workforce. In a highly-competitive [...]

1608, 2019

How to Become a Certified IPC Trainer

Certified Trainer Programs are intended for those who wish to become certified as instructors in different IPC specifications for the electronic assembly industry. This includes training, supply of IPC-based instructional materials, and subsequent certification of [...]

2907, 2019

Soldering 101: How to Get a Soldering Job

Soldering, a process in which two or more items are joined together by melting and putting a filler metal (solder) into the joint, is utilized worldwide in the manufacturing process. The electronics industry utilizes soldering [...]

2801, 2019

The Value of IPC Certification Courses

What makes taking a class worthwhile? Is it the knowledge that is gained by taking the course? Or how often that knowledge is useful? These kinds of questions are much more difficult to answer about, [...]

2201, 2019

Training Veterans for The Electronics Industry

Veteran Unemployment Nearly one out of every ten veterans is unemployed. Statistics like this are disturbing, to say the least. Veterans have provided an important service for our country and those of us who live [...]

612, 2018

How to Design for Manufacturability

Manufacturing is a big part of the U.S. economy. Did you know we would be the ninth-largest economy in the world if we were looking at manufacturing alone? But more than simply manufacturing, it’s important [...]

711, 2018

Why It’s Important to Take a Counterfeit Component Course

Electronics components have a short lifespan. Original equipment manufacturers send out over 4,000 product discontinuance notices each year to mark the end of production of individual components. Reasons for discontinuance include the introduction of new [...]

2809, 2018

The Future is Now

We are living in the “future.” Take any science-fiction novel from the past 50 years, and look at the technology that is featured, and in most cases, we’re using some or all of it today. [...]

2706, 2018

5 Key Steps to Becoming an Electronic Technician

There are several pros to becoming an electronic technician in Colorado, from minimum education requirements to the potential for high pay, but what is an electronic technician and how do you become one? Can you [...]

706, 2018

Choose the Right IPC Training Center!

Schooling and continued education is one of the most important parts of our lives. It can shape what we know, what we do, and how our lives develop. Trade schools, for those looking to jump [...]

3105, 2018

The Leverage of a Soldering Certified Employee

As the owner of an electronics manufacturing company, you want to run an efficient and reliable business. To stay competitive, you’ll need the best workers with up-to-date training and skills. IPC certification is consistently improving [...]

2205, 2018

Why You Should Hire Veterans as Soldering Technicians

Soldering is an important process in electronics manufacturing and you need someone who can do it correctly. If your company is looking for employees with soldering certification, you probably have a long list of candidates. [...]

905, 2018

Stephen Fribbins 1955 – 2018

An inspiration to all, Steve had trained more than 9000 Certified IPC Trainers and Specialists in his career as a trainer. Gone but never forgotten

3004, 2018

What Is IPC-A-610 Certification and Who Needs It?

If you are an instructor, quality team member, manager or operator in the connecting electronics industry, you’ll likely come across the need for IPC training. IPC provides globally recognized training and certification on electronics industry [...]

2112, 2017

Why Is The Spotlight Now On Lead-Free Soldering?

Nowadays, electronics equipment manufacturing companies place great importance on lead-free soldering. Truthfully, there are significant concerns as to how much lead is entering our environment. As a consequence of these matters, there has been a [...]

1111, 2017

A History of Veteran’s Day

On November 11, also known as Veteran’s Day, many of us will be enjoying days off from school or work. While having a day off to relax, spend time with our loved ones, or catch [...]

611, 2017

IPC Re-Certification

It is an IPC requirement that training re-certification is completed before your 24-certification expires. Stringent guidelines dictate IPC policy regarding the expiration, extension, and reinstatement of IPC certification. The following is an excerpt from IPC [...]

3010, 2017

Electronics Assembly Training for IPC Certification: Where to Start?

The IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies, is the most widely used standard published by the Association Connecting Electronics Industries, and is implemented worldwide by original equipment manufacturers and electronic manufacturing services (EMS). EMS designs, manufactures, [...]

1010, 2017

School is Back in Season

You’re thinking of going back to school. You know you are technically inclined, but don’t have much specialized education in a technical field. You want to jump in, but it can be tough to figure [...]

410, 2017

How Training Veterans Can Change the World

We at the Blackfox Training Institute can not promote our Veteran’s Training Program enough—we are so excited and proud of this incredible program that we provide. This program not only helps our veterans, but it [...]

110, 2017

3 Important Ways to Support Veterans

Since we at Blackfox, a state of the art training center for ipc have our very own Veteran’s Training Program, veterans are particularly near and dear to our heart—we have a strong connection to these [...]

2909, 2017

Blackfox: Hand Soldering Basics

Soldering is a complex task that requires much precision on the part of the operator. With enough practice, one can gain a better understanding of the tools and techniques, thereby improving productivity and quality and [...]

2409, 2017

Blackfox: IPC Inspection Guidelines

IPC inspection guidelines exist to ensure the proper functioning of electronics and the safety and wellbeing of the people using them. The Acceptable Quality Level (also known as the Acceptance Quality Limit or AQL) dictates [...]

1709, 2017

Blackfox: A History of the GI Bill

Many veterans today enjoy the various benefits associated with the GI Bill. But have you ever wondered why that is, or how the GI Bill even came about? This blog explores a brief history of [...]

1009, 2017

Blackfox: Printed Circuit Board Basics

The printed circuit board (PCB) is one of the key concepts in electronics manufacturing. The PCB was born out of a need to reduce the size and manufacturing costs of electronics as electronics became more [...]

409, 2017

Blackfox: The Basics of Soldering

The art and science of soldering is one that takes a lot of practice. While over time one can perfect their soldering technique, this blog provides a basic introduction to soldering. There are four major [...]

1108, 2017

Blackfox: Detecting Counterfeit Components.

Counterfeit products are becoming more and more prevalent these days. They have begun to infiltrate various industries, including the electronics industry. Luckily there are professionals who are trained to detect counterfeit electronic components. Discussed below [...]

408, 2017

Blackfox: Veterans and Education

The post-9/11 GI Bill is making it easier than ever for US military veterans to attend college. Passed in 2008, the bill pays in-state tuition to institutions that veterans and their dependents attend. It also [...]

1807, 2017

Blackfox: MIL-STD-883 Standards for Radiation

The MIL-STD-883 standard establishes consistent methods, controls, and procedures for testing microelectronic devices that are appropriate for use in military and aerospace electronic systems. These include environmental, mechanical, and electrical tests; workmanship and training procedures; [...]

1107, 2017

Blackfox: Advantages of Trade and Technical Schools

Many students and their families automatically think of college as the default path after graduating high school. While college is a great option for a proportion of high school graduates, it’s not necessarily the only [...]

2106, 2017

Blackfox: Improving Health with Electronics.

The electronics industry continues to have a major impact on multiple aspects of our everyday lives. One such aspect is health and wellness. You might be wondering what on earth electronics has to do with [...]

1106, 2017

Blackfox: How to Make a Printed Circuit Board at Home

A printed circuit board (PCB) is a device that mechanically supports and electrically connects electronic components using conductive tracks, pads, and other features etched from copper sheets laminated onto a non-conductive substrate. Circuit board design [...]

2905, 2017

Happy Memorial Day from Blackfox!

When many of us think of Memorial Day, we often think of days off from school and work and the beginning of summer. Several Americans will be celebrating this weekend with family barbecues, picnics, pool [...]

1805, 2017

A History of IPC

In many of Blackfox’s course titles you’ll find the initials IPC next to the course number. Do you ever find yourself wondering what IPC stands for or what it’s all about? There’s a fascinating history [...]

1105, 2017

Blackfox: Why Get Certified?

Many professionals who have been working for many years probably feel very comfortable in their careers and confident in their skill sets. However, one of the few things that’s absolutely guaranteed in life is change. [...]

2504, 2017

Blackfox: Preparing for Life After the Military

After having spent so many years in the military, thinking about what comes afterwards can potentially be stressful and induce anxiety or fear. Preparation can make this anxiety more bearable and can make the transition [...]