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Orange Co. DC Chapter Meeting: Flex and Rigid-Flex are Hot TopicsApril 4, 2018 | Judy Warner, Altium
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On March 29, 2018, Scott McCurdy, president of the Orange County Chapter of the IPC Designers Council, hosted the quarterly Designers Council meeting at Harvard Athletic Park in Irvine, California. It was standing room only for this meeting of the largest Designers Council Chapter in the country. (McCurdy likes to remind us that OC has the most-attended DC chapter meetings in the US.)
A total of about 80 people were in attendance to hear two speakers at this Lunch ‘n’ Learn event. The first topic was Rigid-Flex PCB Design, presented by Vern Wnek, technical marketing engineer for Mentor. Wnek offered a variety of rigid-flex tips, and he fielded many relevant questions from the PCB designers who are seeing more applications and designs that require rigid-flex technology.
The second topic was Flex for 5G: Why Materials Matter, which was presented by John Weldon, principal investigator from Dupont Circuit and Industrial Technologies. While Weldon admits that 5G is still a way off, he believes that the continual push for low Dk and heightened performance on flex demand a clear understanding of materials like polyimide and LCP.
The rise of flex and rigid-flex applications has created an increased hunger for information among PCB designers who need to keep up with the shifting landscape of issues related to these types of circuits. The large turnout at this week’s IPC Designers Council was a clear indicator of that thirst for information--and once again the Orange County Chapter delivered in spades.
On the cusp of another IPC APEX EXPO, we focus on how bare board fabricators can maximize their time and investment at the show. We visited with Matt Kelly, IPC chief technologist, and Julia Gumminger, IPC professional development and events manager, as well as Udo Welzel and Stanton Rak, the chairs of the technical program committee, to discuss the technical depth and breadth that the 2024 show will bring to fabricators and professionals all along the supply chain.
Each quarter, IPC releases a list of standards that are new or have been updated. To view a complete list of newly published standards and standards revisions, translations, proposed standards for ballot, final drafts for industry review, working drafts, and project approvals, visit ipc.org/status.
IPC’s efforts in government relations and advocacy have been pivotal in getting legislation like the CHIPS Act passed. In February, IPC President and CEO Dr. John W. Mitchell was back in Washington, D.C., representing our industry in a meeting convened by the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he discussed workforce issues in our industry and how to ensure that our businesses have the workforce they need. In this audio interview, he reviews his concerns and solutions on workforce development.
Like any great tech industry event, IPC APEX EXPO pushes us out of our busy 24/7 manufacturing bubbles. It forces us to pay attention to things that are important but not always present in our day-to-day lives. But there is so much to see and do. This issue of PCB007 Magazine previews many of the important events taking place at the show this year and highlights some changes and opportunities. Let us help you map out your show plan. This issue is focused on the PCB fabricator’s show experience and how you can get the most from your valuable time and investment in attending the show. So, buckle up. We are counting down to IPC APEX EXPO 2024.
It’s been another busy week in the industry. We lost another old friend last week. The EIPC show happened, and Pete Starkey provided us with complete and compelling show coverage, from start to finish. Recently, we posed the question, “When is it time to introduce embedded components into your PCB design?” which was asked and answered by design aficionado Kris Moyers in the latest issue of Design007 Magazine. We are proud to be a part of the exciting Global Insights weekly newsletter, which Nolan Johnson and Brian Knier explored in their interview, and we rounded out the week with some big merger news. Here are my picks for the past week’s must-read news items.