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IPC Designers Council OC Chapter Meeting Features Julie Ellis of TTMJuly 6, 2016 | Judy Warner, I-Connect007
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A few weeks ago in Irvine, California, I attended a meeting of the Orange County chapter of the IPC Designers Council. Once again, the room was packed with over 70 PCB designers and electronics professionals.
This “lunch-and-learn” meeting featured a presentation by Julie Ellis of TTM. Ellis is a field applications engineer, or as her LinkedIn profile simply states, “PCB Problem Solver.” She boasts creds that include a BSEE and an IPC Master Trainer certificate, not to mention being a survivor of the ViaSystems/TTM merger and the other ups and downs our industry has experienced since she began her career as a student-engineer at Hughes Aircraft in 1982.
Attendees at the meeting were treated to an in-depth look at Ellis’ topic, “Printed Circuit Board Cost Adders.” She covered all the usual suspects, such as microvias and sequential lamination, but she also addressed issues that were less obvious and extended beyond fabrication to the assembly process. By doing so, she gave a much broader view than is usually offered in the treatment of this subject. Ellis clearly touched on a highly relevant topic, which was evidenced by the long line of designers waiting to talk with her post-meeting.
Scott McCurdy of Freedom CAD is the president of the Orange County Chapter, and he has successfully created the largest IPC Designers Council in the country. With the support of Terri Kleekamp of Mentor Graphics, Kathy Palumbo of PALS, and Marty Grasso of TTM, the meeting is always full, the attendees well fed, and the topic consistently engaging. To top it off, the raffle prizes offered by sponsors are always a welcome treat. The whole format and package keeps electronic professionals coming back every time!
For more information about future meetings, visit the OC IPC Designers website.
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.