I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week

September 29, 2023 | Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007

This week’s must-reads cover a little bit of everything: advanced packaging substrates, rigid-flex design, the potential loss of tribal knowledge, ultra HDI processing, and the need for fabricators to begin utilizing Smart systems. In a few weeks, we’ll be attending SMTA International in Minneapolis, and then productronica in Munich. We hope to see you on the road!

The New Chapter: The Pros and Cons of Tribal Knowledge

September 29, 2023 | Hannah Nelson & Paige Fiet, The New Chapter

Tribal knowledge is important and quite common in the electronics manufacturing industry—for good reason. Many engineers, technicians, and operators have formed their careers around building PCBs. Some even worked alongside the founding fathers of electronics. Newer, young minds stand on the shoulders of this knowledge base. As a process engineer, I work with operators who have been coating panels with solder mask longer than I’ve been alive. Some know the exact coating parameters required for the toughest of designs. To watch them hand-screen panels is like learning the nuances of a family recipe handed down through generations.


Nolan's Notes: Convergence

September 19, 2023 | Nolan Johnson, Nolan's Notes

When I stop to consider the dynamics in our industry at this moment, I keep coming back to the idea of “convergence.” Aspects of our industry historically thought of as distinct and separate are blurring the lines and overlapping....

It’s Only Common Sense: Stop Your Love Affair with Certainty

September 18, 2023 | Dan Beaulieu, It's Only Common Sense

Often, standing still and doing nothing is the most dangerous tactic you can take. Most companies who get themselves in a jam did it because they didn’t do anything. They saw their impending doom but were too frozen in their fear of...

Punching Out: The Power of Projections

September 7, 2023 | Tom Kastner, Punching Out!

We are headed toward that time of year many of us dread—budgeting for the next year. This budgeting process becomes a huge tug-of-war because there is a lot at stake in terms of resources, bonuses, and pride. Unfortunately, many...

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