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RAF Invests in BAE Systems’ Most Advanced Fighter Pilot Helmet

09/13/2023 | BAE Systems
The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded BAE Systems a contract to develop its Striker II Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) for the Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon fleet. The contract, valued at £40m, will create and sustain more than 200 highly-skilled jobs at BAE Systems’ sites in Kent and Lancashire working directly on the Striker II programme. In total, the Typhoon programme sustains more than 20,800 jobs across the UK.

The Shaughnessy Report: Rigid-flex Design No Longer a Niche

09/12/2023 | Andy Shaughnessy -- Column: The Shaughnessy Report
When I first started covering this industry in 1999, rigid-flex circuits were considered a niche market. In fact, Compaq was deemed a trendsetter for using rigid-flex in its laptops. Now, analysts at Credence Research predict that the rigid-flex market will top $5 billion by 2026, led in part by the adoption of IoT and the need to connect a variety of smart devices. That’s a pretty big niche. Rigid-flex circuits are everywhere, from servers and smartphones to cameras and pacemakers.

10 Steps to Outstanding

09/06/2023 | Dan Beaulieu, D.B. Management Group
So often when I talk to PCB shop owners, they ask me how they can be outstanding. How can they position their own company to stand out from the crowd? That’s because one of the issues PCB shops face these days is they all seem to be alike. While they used to be judged and differentiated based on performance, now they all have very good quality.

Maggie Benson’s Journey: What Is the Profit Potential?

09/22/2023 | Ronald C. Lasky -- Column: Maggie Benson's Journey
Editor’s note: Indium Corporation’s Ron Lasky continues this series of columns about Maggie Benson, a fictional character, to demonstrate continuous improvement and education in SMT assembly. In this installment, Paul LaCroix tests his math skills in determining how much to spend on a component placement machine and what his earning potential might be.

North American EMS Industry Up 3.4 Percent in July

08/31/2023 | IPC
IPC announced the July 2023 findings from its North American Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Statistical Program. The book-to-bill ratio stands at 1.27.
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