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I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the WeekFebruary 18, 2022 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re now closer to the equinox than to the solstice; change is in the air. Where I live in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve had unseasonably mild and sunny weather, teasing us that spring might be right around the corner.
Change is in the air in our news feeds, too. This week, we bring you on-the-grow news from NCAB and Aegis, some market reports on smart manufacturing, and a widely read column on cybersecurity from Mehul Davé. Now that’s something to warm up to.
Smart Manufacturing Spend Climbs Over $950B in 2030
Published February 11
ABI Research has released a free white paper, “38 Technology Stats You Need to Know for 2022.” The headline statistic, and 37 additional market projections included in the white paper, highlight “the most impactful forecasts that illuminate the direction in which digital transformation is truly heading.”
Four Industry Rising Stars Recognized at IPC APEX EXPO 2022
Published February 14
“In recognition of their leadership roles and support of IPC standards, education, advocacy, and solutions to industry challenges, four of the industry’s best and brightest were presented with an IPC Rising Star Award at IPC APEX EXPO 2022. Award recipients were Tim Burke, Francisco Fourcade, Thomas Marktscheffel, and Christina Rutherford.” The great thing about our industry is there is always room for new, bright minds that move the work forward. Congratulations!
The Big Picture: Cybersecurity—Where Remote Work Gets Really Precarious
Published February 15
Entelechy Global and Linkage Technologies’ Mehul Davé shares his cybersecurity experiences, starting with this nugget: “Security is not a product but a process.” If you haven’t felt the sting of a cybersecurity breach, consider yourself lucky. And then read Mehul’s column for top-notch advice on keeping yourself and your company far from the reach of hackers.
Unitron Group shared, “In our highly regulated industry, it became essential to streamline our engineering operations through the implementation of interactive electronic assembly documentation, as well as also providing holistic traceability, which demonstrates compliance. We found confidence in Aegis’ proven track record in the medical market and strong customer base in Europe.” The decision enables Unitron to move toward Industry 4.0 and take global healthcare to the next level.
NCAB Group Posts 52% Net Sales Growth in 2021
Published February 17
From NCAB CEO Peter Kruk, “We can look back on another strong quarter with substantial growth in sales and improved profitability compared with the previous year. We are pleased with the high demand and organic growth and that order intake is clearly exceeding net sales, which will support continued growth” He continued, “In addition to our organic growth, which is derived from all different industries and regions, we also noted a robust performance from our acquisitions.”
All eyes are on Europe, and NCAB is one good reason why. To read more about what’s happening in Europe, I encourage you to read our January issue of PCB007 Magazine, where we focus on the resurgence of the electronics industry there and what that means for companies in the United States.
It makes sense to optimize your board using design for manufacturability (DFM) techniques. But applying DFM best practices can be confusing without formal training. The results are designs that are often incomplete, poorly designed, or too complex. When these issues arise, your PCB manufacturing partner rejecting the design can be considered a best-case scenario because it means they have your back. If your design is simply dropped into an automated queue without concern for manufacturability, the output can be a batch of unusable boards.
For this month's PCBAA Member Profile, the focus is on Hari Pillai, president, Technology Components, Sanmina. Hari says, "I think I’ve had a good dose of luck throughout my career. But beyond luck, I had a vision to become a general manager as far back as my undergraduate years. I made all my career decisions based on that. My evaluation criteria was always, “How does this opportunity get me closer to my goal?” Sometimes opportunities come from unexpected places."
Amkor Technology, Inc., a leading provider of semiconductor packaging and test services, has announced its plan to build an advanced packaging and test facility in Peoria, Arizona.
HANZA AB has signed an agreement to acquire all shares in Orbit One AB, a Swedish company that offers contract manufacturing of electronics and electromechanics. Orbit One has annual sales of approximately SEK 1.1 billion with an operating profit (EBITA) of approximately SEK 70 million.
Arch Systems, the leading provider of data, analytics, and insightful actions for manufacturing operations, announced this week its collaboration with Plexus Corp., a global leader in complex product design, supply chain, manufacturing, and sustaining services.