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March 4, 2024 

Global Sourcing Spotlight: Global Sourcing is Good for Everyone

Bob Duke, American Standard Circuits

In business, as in life, it’s important to have an open mind. Take the people you work with at face value rather than what you are told by politicians and the media. It has always been amazing to me how easy it is to have resentment toward a people, as a country (or nationality) until you get up close and personal. Then it is not so easy. Dealing with people face to face, as human beings and fellow citizens of the world, where you get to see them as they are, is so much better and more productive. All business is people dealing with people. If we can keep it at that level, the world will become a much better place.

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News & Articles

Featured Content

Now Available: Episode 2, Season 2 of Designing for Reality— The Design Process


I-Connect007 has just released the latest episode of its podcast series, On the Line with..., which focuses on designing for reality in the electronics industry. In this episode, host Nolan Johnson talks with ASC Sunstone VP/Manager Matt Stevenson about CAD tool features and data formats that help designers make better decisions and transfer better designs to manufacturing.

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Blackfox: The World’s Premier IPC Training & Certification Center
Blackfox Training Institute offers training & certification in all 6 IPC certification programs covering all aspects of electronics manufacturing. Certification is available for all levels including Operator (CIS), Standards Expert (CSE) and Trainer (CIT) in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Chinese. Blackfox Master IPC Trainers have hundreds of years of combined manufacturing experience to ensure the highest level of content delivery and expertise. Experience the Blackfox difference today!

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Maggie Benson’s Journey: The Journey Was Worth It

Ronald C. Lasky, Indium Corporation

Maggie Benson was in an expansive mood. It had been almost three years since her grandfather asked her to take over Benson Electronics. By using Lean techniques, cost modeling the assembly process, and implementing continuous improvement, the company made significant profitability improvements.

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Looking for a new job opportunity?
Be sure to check out the Careers section in any of our monthly magazines, or visit Quality companies in the circuit board industry are looking for you!

This Month's Jobs
Field Service Engineer / Field Service Technologist

SCHMID Group is currently in search of a Field Service Engineer or Field Service Technologist for its USA subsidiary SCHMID Systems, Inc. (SSI). This position acts as an advocate for the company providing worldwide customer service on-site or remotely...

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Lead eCAD Librarian

Garmin is seeking a full-time Lead eCAD Librarian in our Olathe, KS or Cary, NC location. Relocation allowance provided...

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Current SMT007 Magazine Table of Contents

IPC APEX EXPO 2024 Pre-show

This month’s issue of SMT007 Magazine devotes its pages to a comprehensive preview of the IPC APEX EXPO 2024 event. Whether your role is technical, business, whether your experience level is new-to-the-industry or seasoned veteran, you will find value throughout the IPC APEX EXPO program...
Download the PDF of this magazine to your library.


  • What’s Next Becomes Now by Dr. John Mitchell
  • Dip Your Hand in the IPC APEX EXPO Candy Jar by Hannah Grace
  • Electronics Circuit World Convention: A Brief History by David Bergman
  • Keynote Preview: Reshaping our Engagement With the World by Shawn DuBravac
  • ECWC16 Technical Conference Special Sessions by Julia Gumminger
  • EMS Roundtables: Leaders Helping Each Other by Glenna Carrell

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