Friday, 18 July 2014

PIEK ́s Heerlen training centre now state-of-the-art

With the addition of the very latest Pace equipment PIEK’s Heerlen training centre now has a full range of state-of-the-art equipment. The centre is kitted out with equipment produced by Almit, Ersa (Ersa Scoop 2), ECD Temperature Profiling Systems, Fine Tech, JBC, Metcal, Oki, Optilia, Pace, Purex, Stature and Weller.

All these companies have made their equipment available to PIEK. Every single one of these companies understands the importance of PIEK’s trainers having the most advanced equipment to support their IPC courses. Stature’s Thom van Veenendaal is a firm believer: ‘Because PIEK has a state-of-the-art training centre, its course members are able to practise any aspects occurring in the electronics industry, repair and design. Theory alone does not cut it, but hands-on practice with the latest equipment does.’

Friday, 11 July 2014

Stature B.V. long-standing partner of PIEK

Stature B.V. has been working with PIEK for years. Stature’s Thom van Veenendaal says why. ‘We believe that PIEK is a training centre with a wide range of IPC courses, and its lecture rooms are excellently kitted out with educational equipment. This enables course participants to get theoretical as well as hands-on training in all aspects of electronics production, repair and design. PIEK is experienced in all current brands of equipment and is always well-informed of the latest developments in the market, due to its close cooperation with equipment producers. We see our cooperation as two-way traffic in which we regularly talk together about things happening in the market, such as shifting needs in the market or new points of attention. The aim to be ahead of the pack in terms of knowledge of the current requirements and possibilities is a strength that we share with PIEK. It is for this reason that we value working with PIEK so highly.’

When asked which market will be the biggest for PIEK within Europe, Thom is quite outspoken: ‘As to the biggest market, I firstly think of countries where a profound shift in mind set is still required concerning the status of the quality of work delivered, for example the former Eastern bloc countries. Secondly there is the Netherlands itself, where the complexity of work to be done is constantly growing, which in turn requires more specific training.’

Friday, 27 June 2014

Photos taken during recent IPC and PIEK training courses

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Almit and PIEK: a solid bond

Almit logo

Almit was established in Japan in 1956 and is one of the pioneers in the field of developing soldering wire and solder paste. Various innovative inventions such as a soldering agent for aluminium and a soldering agent for connecting nickel chrome cables with Bi metals ensured rapid growth for Almit. 1982 saw the international breakthrough for Almit after the KR-19RMA soldering wire had been approved for the NASA space shuttle.

Almit soldering wire and solder paste
Almit soldering wire and solder paste
Almit has been a partner of PIEK’s for many years. Almit Managing Director Michael Mendel explains the partnership as follows: ‘PIEK is a very competent partner, and. Its courses have a solid reputation among course members. PIEK and its instructors have an immense and thorough knowledge of IPC issues and the market, which is why I recommend PIEK to my customers.’

When asked for PIEK’s strengths Mr Mendel says: ‘In my opinion PIEK main forte is its excellently trained team of instructors.’ When asked which trend Mr Mendel observes for his sector this year, he is quite outspoken: ‘The trend is towards low-silver soldering with additives which increases the soldering solidity in comparison with the current SAC alloys.’

For more information on Almit please contact Mr Mendel at

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