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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.
This week’s news items taught me a few things I didn’t know. For instance, there’s news about the new equipment for THT work, governmental support for advanced packaging technologies, an upcoming webinar from iNEMI on counterfeits, an interview with U.S. Rep. Blake Moore, one of the sponsors of the bipartisan Protecting Circuit Boards and Substrates Act, and columnist Tim Haag, using Star Trek to illustrate why simplicity is, ahem, paramount.
VPT, Inc., a HEICO company, VPT, Inc., a trusted provider of power conversion solutions for aerospace and defense, proudly announces its latest achievement of obtaining SAE AS9100 Revision D certification. SAE AS9100 Revision D enhances VPT's existing suite of certifications, including MIL-PRF-38534, MIL-STD-883, J-STD-001 (Space), IPC-A-610, and IPC-A-600, further cementing our commitment to excellence in quality and reliability.
Test Research, Inc. (TRI), the industry's leading provider of Test and Inspection systems for the electronics manufacturing industry, is pleased to announce the expansion of its Malaysian office, which opened in 2010.
November’s issue of Design007 Magazine had an excellent theme that evolved around design simplification. There were exceptionally good articles about how to reduce over-constrained or needlessly complex designs. One significant time-consuming category is the creation of many design files and drawings which lead to lengthy creation and interpretation time along with the considerable time to resolve conflicting or erroneous information.
Statement of Support from IPC for New Actions to Strengthen America’s Supply Chains, Lower Costs for Families, and Secure Key Sectors11/27/2023 | IPC
IPC welcomes the actions outlined today by the U.S. Government “to strengthen supply chains critical to America’s economic and national security.”