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

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I’m starting to get more and more out-of-office replies. Are you reading this on your phone while standing in line at Best Buy? But if you’re reading this, here’s to you! It’s been a pretty good year—much better than last year, though that’s a fairly low bar to clear.

It’s a mixed bag this week, with news about trade shows, along with articles and interviews focusing on everything from education to methods for dealing with supply chain issues by staying flexible and taking action earlier in the process.

I won’t be writing this next week, so have a great holiday! See you on the road.

Alun Morgan's productronica Slide Show
Published December 15

You may have missed out on the recent productronica show in Munich. Does anyone know what the international travel restrictions are right now? But fear not! Our friend Alun Morgan, technology ambassador for Ventec International Group and a fantastic photographer (and guitarist) brought his gigantic camera to the show and chronicled the week’s events. As Cajun chef Justin Wilson used to say, “Y’all get your enjoy, I guarantee it.”

AltiumLive 2022 CONNECT Returns to the Global Stage as a Virtual Summit
Published December 15

The AltiumLive CONNECT conference returns as a virtual event, with the U.S. show taking place January 26-28, and the European conference slated for February 2-4. Keynotes include Dr. Eric Bogatin of the University of Colorado; Jackie Mattox, CEO of Women in Electronics; Ashley Quinlan, Global Distribution Channel and Marketing Strategy at Samtec; Dave Doherty, president of Digi-Key Electronics; Robert Feranec, founder of FEDEVEL Academy; and Chris Church, co-founder and of Macrofab. Don’t miss it!

Insulectro Passionate About Educational Programs
Published December 10

There’s a real need for design education right now, especially in regard to designing with high-speed laminates. That’s the message Insulectro’s Ken Parent, Chris Hunrath, and Michelle Walsh share with the I-Connect007 Editorial Team in this recent interview. And Walsh explains how she came into this industry via the world of carpet fibers.

Real Time with… productronica: Electrolube is Going Green
Published December 14

In this pre-productronica interview, Phil Kinner of Electrolube and Editor Pete Starkey discuss the company’s move toward more bio-friendly conformal coatings. Kinner also explains how their recent merger with MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions had helped them gain greater access into the automotive segment.

Lean Digital Thread: (Pro)curing the Supply Chain Virus
Published December 15

The supply chain has been in the news for a while now, and while the container ship traffic jams off Long Beach and Shanghai are finally starting to clear up, the supply chain is likely to be a problem for some time. In this column, Siemens’ Mark Laing explains how we can ameliorate the effects of this issue by planning in advance and using “procurement-focused DFM” strategies. Above all, as Mark says, “Flexible designs enable flexible engineering.”



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EIPC Winter Conference 2023: Day 1 Review

02/27/2023 | Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
The EIPC Winter Conference returned to the Metropolis of Lyon in eastern France this month. In 2018, the venue was Villeurbanne in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Five years later the setting was the Groupama Stadium in Décines-Charpieu, and leaders of the European printed circuit community gathered in expectation of a spectacular programme of 16 presentations, a visit to a nuclear power station, and an invaluable networking opportunity. They weren’t disappointed.

ICT Christmas Seminar 2022: The Caliber of a ‘World Cup’ Event

12/13/2022 | Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
Regardless of the potential distraction of the international football match between England and Wales in the World Cup competition, an enthusiastic crowd of PCB fans gathered in Meriden UK for the Institute of Circuit Technology Christmas Seminar, an eagerly-awaited networking opportunity that included a face-to-face industry welcome event and an outstanding technical programme. Guest speakers highlighted new technology in selective solder nozzles, flexible circuits, industry cooperation, and a greener future by recycling PCBs.

EIPC Summer Conference 2022: Day 2 Review

06/29/2022 | Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
Örebro, Sweden on June 15 brought a bright and early start to Day 2 of the EIPC Summer Conference for those who had enjoyed the previous evening’s networking dinner, but had resisted the temptation to over-indulge or to carry on their long-awaited catch-up conversations with old friends into the small hours. All but a few were in their seats for 9 a.m., awake and attentive for Session 4 of the conference, on the theme of new process technologies, moderated by Martyn Gaudion, CEO of Polar Instruments.

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