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Getting to Know Your Designer
In this issue, we examine how fabs work with their design customers, educating them on the critical elements of fabrication needed to be successful, as well as the many tradeoffs involved. How well do you really know your customer? What makes for a closer, more synchronized working relationship?
In this issue, the biggest names in PCB manufacturing share their economic outlook for the upcoming year and beyond. As you will see, they were all bullish on our industry, but there was some apprehension as well. No one wants to get burned by another the supply chain disruption.
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I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the WeekDecember 1, 2023 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes
“When you stop learning, you stop living,” my mom often told me when I was growing up. In fact, she’s 85 years old, and she still likes to tell me this. She’s a voracious reader, so I don’t take her advice lightly. I’ve taken her lesson to heart throughout my life, and it’s become a core and defining trait for me as a person.
This week’s news items taught me a few things I didn’t know. For instance, there’s news about the new equipment for THT work, governmental support for advanced packaging technologies, an upcoming webinar from iNEMI on counterfeits, an interview with U.S. Rep. Blake Moore, one of the sponsors of the bipartisan Protecting Circuit Boards and Substrates Act, and columnist Tim Haag, using Star Trek to illustrate why simplicity is, ahem, paramount.
Have a lovely weekend.
In a statement attributed to Chris Mitchell, IPC vice president of global government relations, he said, “IPC welcomes the actions outlined today by the U.S. Government ‘to strengthen supply chains critical to America’s economic and national security.’” IPC welcomes the creation of a cabinet-level council on supply chain resilience and a new quadrennial review process to ensure a comprehensive approach to this vital issue. We also applaud the actions to solidify the U.S. defense industrial base and the emphasis on international cooperation.
iNEMI Tech Topic Series: Counterfeit Components
Published November 24
Catch this before it’s over: “iNEMI Tech Topic Series: Counterfeit Components, Emerging Trends in Counterfeit Detection and Mitigation,” is at 11 a.m. (EST) Dec. 7.
The third session in iNEMI’s Counterfeit Components series will look at emerging technologies for detection and mitigation. We will look at what is ahead for hardware security and review results of an industry survey regarding experiences with counterfeit components and strategies used to mitigate risk.
Material Insight: A Conversation with Congressman Blake Moore
Published November 28
On May 11, 2023, Reps. Blake Moore (R-UT) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced the Protecting Circuit Boards and Substrates (PCB) Act to Congress. In October, columnist Preeya Kuray discussed the status of the act with Congressman Moore, who represents Utah’s First Congressional District. He shared his thoughts on how supporting and investing in the domestic PCB industry can help bolster American security. Read Moore’s interview for the latest.
Tim’s Takeaways: Take It From Scotty, Simple Really is Better
Published November 30
Columnist Tim Haag sets up his column, “I am, at heart, a die-hard ‘Star Trek’ fan. When I was a kid, I was all about phasers, warp drive, and cool stuff like that. However, these days, I tend to put a higher value on production and storytelling. But like any fan (I’m avoiding “Trekkie” because, frankly, it’s kind of embarrassing), I have certain moments from the hundreds (if not thousands) of hours filmed for the various TV shows and movies that are among my favorites. One of those moments is in “Star Trek III, The Search for Spock,” when our heroes steal the Starship Enterprise from space dock…” What does this have to do with simplifying PCB design? Quite a bit, it turns out. Read the column to find out.
Mek Launches the SpectorBOX X1: A Revolution in 3D THT Inspection
Published November 24
Mek (Marantz Electronics), a leader in automated optical inspection (AOI) solutions, used last week’s productronica show in Munich to introduce the SpectorBOX X series, a modular full 3D AOI system for THT solder joints and THT components. SpectorBOX X1 can be used bottom-up for volume measurement of THT solder joints and pin height measurement, or Top-Down for a 150mm+ clearance for 3D THT components.
GEN3 to Showcase Advanced Inspection and Testing Solutions at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Expo01/30/2024 | Gen3
Gen3, Global leader in SIR, CAF, Solderability, Ionic Contamination & process optimisation equipment, is excited to announce its participation in the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Expo, taking place Feb. 6-8, 2024 at the Farnborough International Exhibition Centre.
Mek (Marantz Electronics), a leader in Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) solutions, used last weeks’ Productronica show in Munich to proudly introduce the SpectorBOX X series, a modular full 3D AOI system for THT solder joints and THT components.
Altus Group, a leading distributor of capital equipment in the UK and Ireland, is pleased to announce the addition of the Quins Flex Series to their portfolio of optical inspection solutions for electronics manufacturing.
Zhen Ding Technology Holding Ltd, a Taiwan-based company primarily engaged in the design, development, and manufacturing of printed circuit board (PCBs) including rigid PCBs, flex PCBs, HDIs, substrate-like PCBs (SLP), and rigid-flex PCBs, has posted sales of NT$20.27 billion ($634 million at $1:NT$31.98) for September 2022, up by 31% year-on-year (YoY) and by 22.6% from the previous month.
Celestica Inc., a leader in design, manufacturing, and supply chain solutions for the world’s most innovative companies, announced its AbelConn Electronics facility in Maple Grove, MN, has earned ISO 13485:2016 certification for medical device production.