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I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week

07/19/2024 | Andy Shaughnessy, PCBDesign007
Are you ready for the weekend? Fin de semana? I think we all are! In this week’s roundup, we have one article on what it takes to thrive in the industry today, as well as an interview that discusses one student’s drive to succeed as a PCB designer. We also have an article by our newest columnist, Tom Yang, who introduces us to his family-owned PCB company. Columnist Hanna Grace brings us an interview with her mentor, and Anaya Vardya continues his UHDI coverage with an article that explains UHDI’s use in the RF/microwave arena.

Insights from a PCB Pioneer: Dr. Hayao Nakahara's Global Journey

07/18/2024 | Dan Beaulieu, D.B. Management Group
In a candid conversation, industry luminary Dr. Hayao Nakahara (Naka) delves into his long and illustrious journey across the global PCB landscape. As the founder of NTI, Naka has toured hundreds of PCB manufacturing facilities worldwide, amassing a wealth of data and insights. Dan Beaulieu captures the essence of Naka’s profound impact on the PCB industry, from his early days in R&D to his current role as a revered source of knowledge and analysis for industry professionals.

SEMICON 2024 Wraps Up and Says Goodbye to San Francisco

07/18/2024 | Marcy LaRont, PCB007 Magazine
In stark contrast to Tuesday’s overcast drive into “The City,” it is a beautiful, sunny day as I depart San Francisco after spending the last few days at SEMICON West 2024. Though I spend most of my time in Phoenix these days, I am a Bay Area baby by birth. Whenever I am in the city, my strong feelings about San Francisco surprise me. I love SF, warts and all. That being said, I applaud the city of San Francisco for keeping the area pristine in front of and around Moscone Center.

Tom Edman Leads IPC Board of Directors

07/17/2024 | Marcy LaRont, PCB007 Magazine
IPC elected several new board members at IPC APEX EXPO in April, including new Board Chair Tom Edman, CEO of TTM, who assumes the role from Bob Neves, CTO and chair of Microtek Laboratories. Tom and TTM have long been active in many facets of IPC. I caught up with Tom and asked him about his new board appointment, IPC, and the industry he serves. He emphasizes IPC’s work in standards and advocacy as especially important for our industry.

It’s Only Common Sense: Saving a Great Customer When Things Go Wrong

07/08/2024 | Dan Beaulieu -- Column: It's Only Common Sense
Handling a serious problem with a long-time customer, especially when both parties share some blame, requires a delicate balance of diplomacy, accountability, and strategic thinking. The goal is to resolve the disagreement without sacrificing the valuable relationship. The last thing you want to do is win the battle and lose the war. The customer is always right even when they are not. It is your job as the supplier to keep the relationship alive.
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