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Caleb Buck, CID, is an electrical engineer with EaglePicher Technologies
Kelly Dack: What has the show been like for you, Caleb?
Caleb Buck: This is my first time attending IPC APEX EXPO. You talked me into coming here. I am a PCB designer and an electrical engineer. I’m not involved in the manufacturing, but I tell manufacturers what to do via my drawings. I had an interest in learning more about the IPC standards, my manufacturer’s capabilities, and some of the tools they use.
Some of what I saw was not terribly relevant to what we do. The automated equipment is not something I’m going to use, but seeing how it works helps me understand what I’m asking manufacturers to do with that equipment, as well as the limitations. There are also some suppliers here, so I’m shopping for suppliers to build my stuff for me. My boss likes to say, “We like the ‘one throat to choke’ approach.” We’re shopping for more companies that can be a one-stop shop for us and have good test equipment.