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Garry McGuire: Aiming for the StarsMarch 27, 2023 | Patty Goldman, I-Connect007
Estimated reading time: 1 minute
Garry McGuire of the Jacobs Space Exploration Group at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, reflects on the serendipitous moment that led to a leadership role at IPC and the enduring relationships he’s built through his participation in the organization. With the rapid advance of technology constantly pushing the industry forward, Garry urges newcomers to jump in and experience all IPC has to offer.
Garry, congratulations on receiving the Hall of Fame Award, the highest award that IPC gives to their volunteers. What was it like getting that phone call from John Mitchell?
It was a big surprise. When I first picked up the phone, I had that anxious feeling you’d get when you got called to the principal’s office for doing something bad—but then it turned out to be a great surprise.
I’ll bet. What got you involved in IPC? When did all that happen?
In the early ‘90s, I was supporting NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center; my main role there was to support our customer by developing and maintaining NASA’s workmanship standards. In 1994, Admiral Perry released an acquisition reform memo directing government agencies to stop using their internal standards and to look for voluntary consensus standards where possible. At NASA, we began looking outside the organization to see what options we had to get rid of for our internal soldering and cabling standards, etc. Before that moment, we’d known a little about IPC, but after that decision by the Admiral we started taking a more serious look at them and found them to be a good fit. We started going to the semiannual IPC meetings, probably in 1995 or ‘96; I’ve been active in IPC since then.
That transition actually became part of my job description which is when I fully engaged with the IPC which lead to the work on the initial release of the J-STD-001 space addendum around 2000.
To read this entire conversation, which appeared in the 2023 edition of Show & Tell Magazine, click here.
IPC Day France: Aerospace Electronics is an aerospace-focused networking event featuring key industry experts from NASA and Airbus and will take place on October 2, 2023 .
Test Research, Inc. (TRI), the leading test and inspection systems provider for the electronics manufacturing industry, will join productronica 2023, which will be held at Messe München Center from November 14 – 17, 2023.
For this month’s issue on rigid-flex design, we spoke with instructor Kris Moyer, who teaches the IPC class “PCB Design for Flex and Rigid-Flex Boards.” In this wide-ranging interview, Kris breaks down the hurdles facing rigid-flex designers and offers a variety of solutions for rigid board designers taking on their first rigid-flex circuits. He also provides a few horror stories to illustrate what happens if you don’t follow sound design practices, rules, and standards. And, as Kris points out, “Your fabricator is your friend.”
In conjunction with NEPCON Vietnam 2023, IPC hosted its popular IPC Hand Soldering and Rework Competition in Hanoi, Vietnam on September 6-8, 2023.
Sinclair Manufacturing Orders Hentec/RPS Pulsar Solderability Testing and Photon Steam Aging Systems09/13/2023 | Hentec Industries/RPS Automation
Hentec Industries/RPS Automation, a leading manufacturer of selective soldering, lead tinning and solderability test equipment, is pleased to announce that Sinclair Manufacturing has purchased Pulsar solderability testing and Photon steam aging systems for installation in their Chartley, Massachusetts facility.