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Futurist, Writer and Manufacturing Tech Expert Travis Hessman to Keynote IPC APEX EXPO 2021January 18, 2021 | IPC
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Each year, IPC APEX EXPO features industry’s most dynamic, innovative minds to deliver keynote presentations that are both educational and entertaining. IPC APEX EXPO 2021 will feature IndustryWeek Editor-in-Chief Travis Hessman. During his keynote on March 10, Hessman will present, “The Great Digital Transformation.”
Hessman will educate keynote participants on the process undertaken by some of today’s most successful companies and what they are doing to transform a dizzying array of technologies such as connected machine-to-machine systems, machine learning and artificial intelligence into actionable, effective digital strategies. In addition, he will cover how they achieved greater operational efficiency and launched new products faster while improving product quality across their businesses.
Guided by Hessman, participants will navigate a roadmap to digital transformation that can help move their companies from the sidelines to the heart of the Factory of the Future -- The Industry 4.0 revolution.
As chief editor of IndustryWeek, Hessman offers a unique perspective on the digital manufacturing revolution as he is in daily contact with some of the world’s most successful and innovative manufacturers who are immersed in real-life implementation, application, and strategies for digital transformation success. His presentation will mix these perspectives with his background as a teacher, a mentor, and a writer to create a powerful storytelling experience that crafts a distinct narrative to help cut through the noise and hype and drive real progress for the industry. Later in the afternoon, Hessman will conduct a live, one-hour Q&A session with attendees who will have the opportunity to pose their own questions on digital transformation.
Hessman’s keynote is free to all IPC APEX EXPO participants. In addition to Hessman’s keynote, John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO and Shawn DuBravac, IPC chief economist, will deliver keynotes on March 8 and 11, respectively. The virtual conference, courses and online exhibition will run March 8–12, 2021. For more information on schedule and registration options, visit www.IPCAPEXEXPO.org.
ViTrox, which aims to be the world’s most trusted technology company, is thrilled to announce its return to IPC APEX 2024, the largest electronics manufacturing event in North America. ViTrox eagerly invites visitors to explore our offerings at Booth #2642, Anaheim Convention Center, LA, from April 9th to 11th. During this time, we will unveil a series of cutting-edge inspection solutions poised to revolutionize manufacturing production lines.
You have an excellent idea for a new standard in the electronics manufacturing industry. How do you turn that idea into a reality? It’s simple: You submit a PIN to the TAEC. Now, what does that even mean? To develop a new standard, you need the help of the IPC Technical Activities Executive Committee (TAEC) Global. Ideas for new IPC standards are submitted via Project Identification Notification (PIN) to TAEC Global, which conducts an initial review. The PIN is then sent to the general TAEC standards development oversight committee for review and approval. Now, how do they review it and who comprises the committee?
When high school students face an upcoming test, they may experience a mix of dread and excitement, depending on the source material and how well they’ve prepared. Similarly, professionals sitting for a certification exam to test their knowledge of IPC standards may feel a whirlwind of emotions. However, these aren't just any exams; they’re meant for operators, engineers, and managers building the critical infrastructure of our world’s most essential electronics systems.
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.