I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the WeekMay 13, 2022 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
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The big news in the industry this week was the new bill introduced to the U.S. Congress in support of the PCB manufacturing industry. The Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022, which was introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT), incentivizes “purchases of domestically produced PCBs as well as industry investments in factories, equipment, workforce training, and research and development.” The bill is a PCB-oriented complement to the semiconductor-oriented CHIPS Act of 2021.
The ongoing educational outreaches by organizations such as IPC and PCBAA are successfully raising awareness of the role PCBs play in the electronics ecosystem. That impact is evidenced in two key press releases on the bill by quotes from both Dr. John Mitchell of IPC, and Travis Kelly of PCBAA. I-Connect007 published both press releases (below) and will continue to cover this story.
IPC President and CEO John Mitchell said: “This bipartisan bill addresses vulnerabilities in a key segment of the electronics manufacturing value chain, taking a ‘silicon-to-systems’ approach that prioritizes innovation, resiliency, and innovation across the electronics industry. We thank Reps. Eshoo and Moore for their leadership in helping to rebuild U.S. electronics manufacturing, and we call on all Members of Congress to support this bill.”
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) said, "Printed circuit boards are the high-tech foundation that makes modern life possible, but over the last two decades, PCB production has moved away from the United States at an alarming rate, as overseas costs were driven down by foreign investments. Without robust and secure domestic supply chains, U.S. production of critical microelectronics is not sustainable.”
“This bill from Representatives Eshoo and Moore is a win-win for American workers and consumers, and our national and economic security. The Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022 is a critical step toward rebuilding our nation's PCB manufacturing capacity,” said Travis Kelly, chairman of PCBAA & CEO of Isola Group.
DuPont Interconnect Solutions held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally mark the completion of its $250 million production expansion at the Circleville site for Kapton and Pyralux flexible circuit materials. Readers were diving into this news article for the details.
Atotech Reports Results for the First Quarter of 2022
Published May 11
With Atotech in negotiations with MKS to change ownership, Atotech’s financials certainly drew a lot of reader interest. Read the details here.
FIRST: Endorsed by Teachers and Students Alike
Published May 11
Curious where the next generation of engineers are spending their after-school hours? Want to connect with those students early? Look at FIRST. For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is a robotics program at Oregon’s West Linn High School led by computer science and engineering teacher Tim Manes. The student team, “2BDetermined” has excelled at the local and regional levels and was invited to participate in the world competition in April, held in Houston, Texas. Barry Matties talks with Manes at district level event in Salem, Oregon.
I just finished counting the percentage of times in which artificial intelligence/machine learning/data analytics topics appeared in the I-Connect007 news this week. What do you think the percentage is? AI has moved well beyond a technical term; heck, it has clearly also eclipsed catch-phrase status. It seems a foregone conclusion that AI applications will be inserting themselves into manufacturing just as they are appearing in our handheld devices. Speaking of handhelds, that market seems to be growing as well. This week’s five must-reads include smartphone market data, telecom infrastructure development, a new white paper on the influence of data analytics, a report on the European market, and the launch of a new podcast series on PCB 3.0, a new design methodology.
DuPont today announced that Jon Kemp, President, DuPont Electronics & Industrial, has been named Chair of the Board of Industry Leaders of SEMI, a global industry association serving the electronics design and manufacturing supply chain.
With the seemingly endless ways that electronic products are worming their way into our lives, what was once “nice to own” is increasingly considered indispensable. The capabilities of these products have been driven by relentless improvements at every level of the manufacturing chain, from individual transistors (which are approaching Angstrom levels) to systems the size of buildings supporting Bitcoin mining and increasingly distributed AI products.
HARMAN, an automotive electronics technology company and subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on delivering consumer experiences at automotive grade, confirms it will continue as an Official partner of Scuderia Ferrari for a second Formula One season. The on-track marketing partnership extends to technology on the road, with Ferrari becoming the first automotive OEM to adopt a number of solutions from HARMAN’s in-cabin monitoring system, HARMAN Ready Care, for its next-generation road cars.
Maggie Benson was in an expansive mood. It had been almost three years since her grandfather asked her to take over Benson Electronics. By using Lean techniques, cost modeling the assembly process, and implementing continuous improvement, the company made significant profitability improvements.