The End of Solder?

September 28, 2023 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007

The practical question around CHIPS Act development and electronics assembly is, “Will this change how we do business?” Indium Corporation’s Dr. Andy Mackie sat down with Nolan Johnson to share what he sees as emerging answers to that question from his perspective as an expert in electronics assembly and packaging, and as a participant in standards development through IPC, JEDEC, and SEMI.

Smart Factory Insights: The Smart Business Case for Local PCB Manufacturing

September 27, 2023 | Michael Ford, Smart Factory Insights

The PCB has become a neglected component from the Smart assembly manufacturing perspective, wrongly regarded as just a “given” material. We need to put it right. PCB manufacturing needs to become Smart in order to make the local fabrication business model work as part of the holistic electronics’ “smarter, secure, and sustainable” approach—what I’m calling the new three Ss of manufacturing.


Facing the Future: American Manufacturing on the Rise

September 18, 2023 | Aidan Salvi, Facing the Future

I have been in and around circuit boards most of my life. I started 20 years ago in my family’s PCB shop, leaving after a couple of years to start my own software company. About a year ago, I returned to the family business, and the...

The Knowledge Base: A Closer Look at SMTAI’s Technical Program

September 6, 2023 | Mike Konrad, The Knowledge Base

The 2023 Surface Mount Technology Association’s annual Expo and Technical Conference (SMTAI) takes place Oct. 9–12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Co-located with the Minneapolis Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) trade show, SMTAI...

Nolan’s Notes: Chips Don’t Float

September 5, 2023 | Nolan Johnson, Nolan's Notes

Ronnie Chatterji is returning to academia. This is big news because Chatterji is the technology advisor to the Biden administration, and a central figure in shepherding the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. Steven Overly, writing in...

Global Sourcing Spotlight: Why We Need Global Sourcing

August 16, 2023 | Bob Duke, Global Sourcing Spotlight

There are still too many people who are wary of global sourcing. It’s as though they feel using global sourcing means they are cheating in some way, that they’re being disloyal to domestic suppliers. Honestly, I can see why some...

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