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Holiday Greetings From the I-Connect007 TeamDecember 23, 2022 | I-Connect007
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The staff at I-Connect007 wish you and your loved ones the happiest holiday season.
No matter how you mark the season, may this time of year fill your hearts with joy and laughter as we start a new year full of hope, excitement, and opportunity.
It’s important to pause here and there and reflect on the many wonderful moments the holidays can bring into our lives. We get to sing some of our favorite songs, watch some true holiday classics, and often gather with loved ones, putting aside our differences and busy lives to just enjoy being together.
We took a little stroll through the internet to find out just what are the top 10 Christmas movies. It’s probably no surprise that “It’s a Wonderful Life” tops most charts. This 1946 classic features a superb storyline, acting, and fake snow as far as the eye can see. Not far behind this Jimmy Stewart classic are the “up-and-comers” like 2003’s “Elf” and 1990’s “Home Alone.” And who can forget the 1983 favorite, “A Christmas Story.” Such fun!
Well, you each have your own favorites, but be sure to take an occasional break from these holiday films to check out what’s happening at I-Connect007 during the holiday break. We post breaking industry news, articles, and columns year-round. Perhaps this is a chance to catch up on some magazine reading—our December issues preview the exciting IPC APEX EXPO 2023—and there’s a lot to talk about.
May you truly enjoy the magic this season has to offer.
The I-Connect007 Team
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.