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

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There was a lot going on in the industry this week, and most of it happened at the virtual IPC APEX EXPO. Sure, it wasn’t the same as being in San Diego, but the show went pretty well, especially for a first-time event. There were a few technical snafus, but the IPC technical staff was responsive and took care of most of the issues right away. As I said a few months ago, how would you like to be in trade show management during a pandemic?

So, without further ado, here are my top five stories from the past week.

Karen McConnell: Recipient of the IPC Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award
Published March 11

Congratulations to Karen McConnell, CAD CAM engineer with Northrop Grumman, for being inducted into the IPC Hall of Fame. In this interview, Patty Goldman, also an HOF inductee, chats with Karen about her long history as a PCB designer and her work on IPC committees. “I’m not afraid of asking the dumb question,” Karen explains. Words to live by. Let’s hear it for a PCB designer making it into the Hall of Fame.

IPC Managers Forum: Packed With Useful Information
Published March 9

The first day of IPC APEX EXPO featured the IPC Managers Forum, with a variety of presentations from managers across the industry. Gene Weiner, chairman of the Managers Forum, spoke with Barry Matties about some of the day’s highlights—everything from lessons learned during the pandemic through vertical integration and supply chain management. But above all, Gene stresses, the goal of the forum was to help managers learn to solve problems.

APEX Panel: Lessons Learned in Times of Crisis
Published March 10

Happy Holden brings us his review of a panel that took place during the EMS portion of the IPC Managers Forum at IPC APEX EXPO. Panelists Dave Patterson of Cirtronics, Katherine Ducharme of General Dynamics, Barb Jorgensen of AsperCore, Jonathan Rowntree of Rogers Corp, and Brad Bourne of FTG Group all agreed: During a crisis, communication is the key to keeping your business running smoothly. They also discussed future trends and the need to be adaptable when things start to go haywire.

IPC APEX EXPO 2021 Keynote: Travis Hessman on ‘The Great Digital Transformation’
Published March 10

Travis Hessman, editor-in-chief of IndustryWeek, delivered Wednesday’s keynote speech during IPC APEX EXPO, focusing on “The Great Digital Transformation.” In this article, Pete Starkey breaks down Travis’s five-step strategy for manufacturers to succeed in today’s world, and Pete explains that it’s “not as simple as throwing AI or IoT or robots at the problems.” Travis closes with some great advice, including “Develop processes, not disruptions.”

2021 Award Winners—IPC APEX EXPO 2021 Presentation
Published March 9

Nolan Johnson wrote this round-up of this year’s IPC APEX EXPO award winners. Let’s hear it for these folks who volunteered their free time to help improve this industry that we all love. Special recognition goes out to our IPC Rising Star Award winners, who are taking on leadership roles early in their careers; they represent the future of PCB design, manufacturing and assembly. Also, a big shout-out to our I-Connect007 columnists who made it into the winners’ circle, Michael Ford of Aegis and Jan Pedersen of Elmatica.







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AltiumLive 2022 is just around the corner! Editor Nolan Johnson chats with Guest Editor and columnist Kelly Dack, one of the event hosts for AltiumLive Connect 2022. Kelly updates Nolan on the latest about the upcoming AltiumLive virtual conference, what's on the agenda, how it's connected with IPC APEX EXPO, and what attendees can expect to find.

Real Time with… IPC APEX EXPO: Siemens’ Supply Chain Solutions

01/17/2022 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
Nolan Johnson speaks with Oren Manor of Siemens Digital Industries Software about the company’s booth at IPC APEX EXPO, which will highlight a DSI platform meant to help designers find and use components in their designs during these tough supply chain challenges. If you can’t make it to IPC APEX EXPO, don’t worry. We’ll be bringing you interviews with the engineers, managers and technologists who are making a difference in our industry.

A High-Voltage PCB Design Primer

01/12/2022 | Zachariah Peterson, NWES
Of all the different boards a designer can create, a high voltage PCB design can be complicated and requires strict attention to safety. If not laid out correctly these boards can be safety hazards or can fail to function on first power up, leaving a designer with wasted time and effort. In the best case, the board will function reliably for a long period of time thanks to correct layout practices. High-voltage PCB design can be as complex as any high-speed digital design. Boards for high-voltage systems can be space constrained and they carry important safety requirements. They also need to be highly reliable to ensure they will have a long life when run at high voltage and current.

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