Electronics Design Association

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The Fachverband Elektronik-Design (FED professional association for design, circuit board and assembly manufacturing) is an association of companies that deal with the development and production of electronics.

The association, founded in 1992 as Fachverband Elektronik-Design eV (FED) , has over 700 members in 2018 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and other countries.

The association promotes vocational training and further education, is a forum for the exchange of experiences and wants to contribute to the competitiveness of the electronics industry. The aims and tasks of the association are the research, preparation and dissemination of current know-how for developers, EDA designers, circuit board manufacturers and assembly manufacturers.


The FED is divided into 12 regional groups that are active in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The regional groups exchange information at regular intervals in lectures, workshops and discussions.

The annual two-day FED conference has established itself as a technical-scientific forum for electronics design, circuit board and assembly production. It is informed about the latest state of research, development and production technology and contacts can be established with experts in the industry.

Norms and literature

The FED sees an important task in the interpretation and dissemination of the various international standards and guidelines. To this end, the FED works in national and international bodies. In particular , there are extensive contacts and an authorized sales partnership with the American trade association IPC , whose leading role in the development of standards and guidelines for electronics production is recognized worldwide. The FED also provides leading IPC guidelines in German translation.

Important IPC guidelines in German include:

  • IPC-A-600G - Acceptance criteria for printed circuit boards
  • IPC-A-610D - Acceptance criteria for assemblies
  • J-STD-001D - Requirements for soldered electrical and electronic assemblies

Initial and continuing education

The FED sees basic and advanced training as one of its main goals. Courses on circuit board design, hand soldering, acceptance criteria for circuit boards and cable harnesses, repairing circuit boards or ESD and EMC- compliant design and handling are offered.

Based on the IPC guidelines IPC-A-610, IPC-A-600 and IPC / WHMA-A-620, the FED offers training courses certified by the IPC, in which employees of electronics companies become Certified IPC Specialists (CIS) or Certified IPC Trainers (CIT) can be trained.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. https://www.fed.de/verband/regionalgruppen/ Message from the FGED on regional groups, accessed on Feb. 29, 2020