2802, 2020

What You Need to Know about IPC-7711/7721 Training and Certification

IPC-7711/7721 is a quality standard certification based on standards published by the Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC) titled “Rework of Electronics Assemblies/Repair and Modification of Printed Boards and Electronics Assemblies”. It is a program that [...]

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 [...]

2001, 2020

What Are IPC/WHMA-A-620 Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies?

The IPC/WHMA-A-620 is a training and certification granted by the Institute of Printed Circuits/Wire Harness Manufacturers Association. It describes the criteria for acceptability for crimped, mechanically secured, and soldered interconnection and the corresponding restraining / [...]

601, 2020

Practical Ways to Produce Quality Printed Circuit Board Assemblies

Printed circuit board manufacturing and printed circuit board assembly are two different disciplines and each of them has a unique set of processes not applicable to the other. Many people make the mistake of referring [...]

1912, 2019

IPC Certification and the Professional Development of Your Employees

Designed to interconnect all segments of the electronics manufacturing sector, training and courses built around IPC standards bring positive value to the electronics industry. IPC courses and training are delivered by certified trainers through educational [...]

1811, 2019

Electronics Manufacturing Industry Trends to Watch Out for in 2020

It takes an incredible amount of time, resources, and skills to produce and manufacture electronic parts. Original equipment manufacturers (OEM) want quality products, but demand them in a short amount of time. As the demand [...]

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 [...]

1109, 2019

The Electronics World – How Printed Circuit Boards are Classified

A printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) is a complex thing. To an untrained individual, it’s not easy to determine whether one is of quality or not. Thanks to the IPC-A-610 Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies - [...]

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 [...]

1107, 2019

The Benefits of IPC-J-STD-001 Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) to Individuals and Organizations

The J-STD-001 certification of the Association Connecting Electronic Industries (IPC) is an individual level certification. It is based on a standard titled "Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies". This standard enumerates the items required [...]

2006, 2019

3 Challenges Facing the Electronic Manufacturing Industry

The robust demand for electronic products in the United States suggests the economic significance of the electronic manufacturing industry. As the global marketplace is always changing, industry players are finding ways to keep up with [...]

1706, 2019

IPC Soldering Training for Veterans – Opening Doors of Opportunities for Heroes

After years of working and fighting for the country, veterans often retire from military service with lots of mental challenges especially post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. To make sure that our patriots are able [...]

1306, 2019

The Salient Benefits of IPC Training and Certification to Businesses and Individuals

Electronics is an ever evolving industry, and it owes its phenomenal advancement to technology, unparalleled technical skills, smart decisions and excellent performance of the people and machines involved in the manufacturing and assembly process. Because [...]

706, 2019

Quality Certification – How Electronic Manufacturing Companies Can Benefit from Them

The electronics industry is a free enterprise. It doesn’t require electronic contract manufacturers to hold quality certifications to be allowed to conduct business. In fact. Any entity or organization that is capable of procuring and [...]

1405, 2019

Quality Certifications – How Electronic Manufacturing Companies Can Benefit from Them

The electronics industry is a free enterprise. It doesn’t require electronic contract manufacturers to hold quality certifications to be allowed to conduct business. In fact, any entity or organization that is capable of procuring and [...]

1403, 2019

Blackfox on IPC Training and Certification and Mexico Expansion

Article from SMT007 Online Magazine: Joel Sainz, sales manager for Blackfox Training Institute in Mexico, speaks with Guest Editor Osvaldo Targon about his company’s IPC training and certification services during IPC APEX EXPO 2019. Sainz [...]

103, 2019

Why Should You Get Certified in Electronic Manufacturing

In a recent report by GlobeNewsWire.Com, Global Market Insights, Inc reported in their research that the electronic manufacturing services sector is expected to reach $650 billion by 2024. This global industry growth is spurred by [...]

1902, 2019

4 Reasons Your Business Should Invest in IPC Training and Certification Programs

The electronics industry is a quickly growing and dynamic field. New trends and techniques are introduced on a regular basis, demonstrating the sector’s rapid growth and progress. For manufacturing companies across the United States and [...]

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 [...]

312, 2018

How to Navigate the Pitfalls of Printed Circuit Boards

Each year, Americans dispose of around 220 million tons of old electronic devices and computers, the majority thrown away in order to upgrade. This is good news for manufacturers. Devices with printed circuit boards are [...]

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 [...]

1210, 2018

4 Important Events in the Evolution of the Printed Circuit Board

These days, most pieces of technology include at least one printed circuit board. They are one of the most innovative inventions of the last century and are of great interest to those who are drawn [...]

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. [...]

1308, 2018

What You Need to Look for in a Soldering Certification Program

The electronics and electrical industries use the soldering process to print circuit boards and create a strong connection between wires. Solder is a metal alloy that works like glue once it is melted. If the [...]

808, 2018

Electronic Technician Training to Launch Your Career

Circuit boards and electricity play a vital role in many elements of our daily lives. They run our cars, our homes, our phones, and even some of us. Becoming an electronics tech who handles the [...]

308, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: Blackfox Partnership with Singapore Firm Wizlogix

Blackfox Training Institute, LLC has expanded in partnership with Wizlogix Pte Ltd Blackfox Training Institute has partnered Singaporean firm, Wizlogix Pte Ltd to establish Singapore’s only IPC Training Centre. This new centre in Singapore offers [...]

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 [...]

2404, 2018

Advantages of AS9100 Training for the Aerospace Industry

Flight. It’s a crazy concept to think about even if today it seems mundane and commonplace to get in an airplane and soar across the globe. But that majesty still inspires many people to this [...]

2603, 2018

Soldering: An Ancient Art Enhancing the Modern World

How old is your soldering iron? Has it been sitting around, gathering dust after years of not being used? Or is it much, much older? Soldering also known as brazing has been a part of [...]

2202, 2018

Common Electronic Medical Devices and How To Help Create Them with Premium IPC Training

Modern science is close to miraculous. Technology allows medical doctors to diagnose and treat a variety of serious diseases that were once misunderstood and fatal. Have you ever wondered where the electronic medical devices come [...]

802, 2018

4 Benefits of Using a Structured On-the-Job IPC Training Program

When training new employees, a consistent program is always going to be better than flying by the seat of your pants. Starting employees in the same position off with the same knowledge is a great [...]

2501, 2018

IPC Certification Can Lead to a Career in Many Interesting Industries!

If you are looking for an exciting job, then perhaps you will be interested in obtaining an IPC Certification through Blackfox to open up or expand your career possibilities. Electronic systems technicians in Colorado will [...]

1501, 2018

EXPO Manufactura Tradeshow in Monterrey

Manufacturing 4.0 - competitiveness through extreme productivity

401, 2018

What Can I Do As A Colorado Certified Electronics Technician?

What exactly does electronic technician training in Colorado teach? What can you do with this type of technical training? Simply put, electronic techs train to repair circuit boards, computers, electronics, and electric equipment - skills [...]

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 [...]

712, 2017

How IPC Training and Veterans Can Benefit Each Other

IPC training for soldering circuit boards for electronics is a great way to start a new career and an approved private occupational school is an excellent way for veterans to make a switch. The unemployment [...]

412, 2017

Why Get An IPC Certificate For Soldering from Blackfox?

In the electronics and electrical industries, soldering is a much valued and needed skill as it establishes strong connections in printed circuit boards and across wires. In essence, you could say that these fields could [...]

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 [...]

2908, 2017

Blackfox: Trade School vs. College: Which Is Right For Me?

On the mind of many high school students and their parents is the question, “What comes next?” In many high schools, a lot of emphasis is placed on the college path. While there is no [...]

2108, 2017

Blackfox: Projected Increase in Military Electronics Spending

The military electronics industry is booming. During the 2017 fiscal year, which begins this October, the US military electronics budget is set to increase significantly. The US Department of Defense is asking Congress for $10.74 [...]

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 [...]

108, 2017
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 [...]

407, 2017

Blackfox: To Lead Free, or Not To Lead Free—That is the Question.

The electronics industry has recently witnessed a trend toward using lead free solder. As of 2003, the European Union adopted the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. Among the many restricted hazardous substances is lead. [...]

2806, 2017

IPC Certification Program’s Space Hardware Addendums Training and Certification

IPC Certification Program’s Space Hardware Addendums Training and Certification

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 [...]

406, 2017

Blackfox: The Many Benefits of Hiring Veterans.

Finding the right mix of intelligence, talent, work ethic, and cultural fit in an employee is no easy task. If you are struggling to find just the right employee for a particular position, you might [...]

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. [...]

405, 2017

The Blackfox Advanced Manufacturing Program for Military Veterans

The Blackfox Advanced Manufacturing Program for Military Veterans

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 [...]

404, 2017

Blackfox: Soldering Safety Guidelines

Most electronics projects involve soldering. While soldering can be great fun and exciting, especially when you think about the end product, it is a process that involves some risk and can be dangerous if you’re [...]

2012, 2016

2015 Veterans Training Program

2015 Veterans Training Program

411, 2016
307, 2016

Blackfox Expands With Additional Training Facilities Worldwide

Blackfox Expands With Additional Training Facilities Worldwide