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The Most-read I-Connect007 Articles of 2022December 26, 2022 | I-Connect007 Editorial Team
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Each December, we like to look back at the most popular articles of the past 12 months. You never know which article is going to blow up like an Avril Lavigne album
So, grab a cup of eggnog and curl up by the fire! For your holiday enjoyment, here’s a blast from the past: the top five most-read I-Connect007 articles of 2022.
Review: Institute of Circuit Technology 2022 Annual Symposium
Once again, European Technical Editor Pete Starkey holds onto the top spot. Pete covers conferences and trade shows around Europe. Everything Pete writes is golden, and he has fans across Europe and around the world. Stop by our booth at IPC APEX EXPO and say hi to Pete.
Jahr Turchan Discusses Blackfox's Training Scholarships for Veterans
Nolan Johnson’s interview with Jahr Turchan of Blackfox Training Institute drew a lot of eyes to the page. There’s a shortage of subject matter experts in the industry, and Blackfox’s Veteran Advanced Manufacturing Certification program is helping bring transitioning veterans into the workplace. We need more ideas like this.
Finally! A Book About PCB Stackups
The PCB design industry is hungry for information about stackup design, and Bill Hargin of Z-zero seems to have written the right book at the right time. This I-Connect007 eBook has been flying off the virtual bookshelves all year. It would make a perfect late Christmas present.
PCB Plating Still Comes Down to Physics
As I said, we never know what articles are going to hit it big each year. This interview with columnist Michael Carano covered the ins and outs of plating technologies and processes, which might seem like a fairly “mature” topic. But this interview drew big numbers. Readers are looking for information, and we seem to have what they’re looking for.
A Definitive Review of New Expert Guide to High-Performance Materials
This year, we published a variety of eBooks on topic from across the spectrum. Happy Holden’s review of the I-Connect007 eBook The Printed Circuit Designer’s Guide to… High Performance Materials really took off. As Happy explains, this book, written by Michael Gay of Isola, lays out everything you need to know about high performance PCB materials.
When high school students face an upcoming test, they may experience a mix of dread and excitement, depending on the source material and how well they’ve prepared. Similarly, professionals sitting for a certification exam to test their knowledge of IPC standards may feel a whirlwind of emotions. However, these aren't just any exams; they’re meant for operators, engineers, and managers building the critical infrastructure of our world’s most essential electronics systems.
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.