I-Connect Editor’s Choice: Andy’s ‘Top Fives’ for 2021


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We’ve been curating our editors’ picks for about 18 months now, give or take, and readers sure have taken to them. In our Daily Newsletter, the Friday Editor’s Choice feature is often one of the most read news items for that week.

As a result, we thought it would be fun at year-end to take a different approach. This week, I’m posting the top five most-read Editor’s Choice features compiled by Andy Shaughnessy. Seems like a fitting way to look back over the year, doesn’t it? So much has happened this past year that I had a hard time believing it once I started looking back.

Andy and I certainly enjoy bringing these curated “must-read” articles to you. It’s gratifying to see that you, dear reader, like reading them, too. So, without further ado.

I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week 
Published June 4, 2021

In this installment, Andy said, “This past week was a busy one. In case you’ve been on the beach with an umbrella drink in your hand, in industry news we saw the soft opening of a new laminate facility and more M&A activity in the PCB fab segment.” We also ran some great content from our regular contributors, with articles on how to save your company money and how to save yourself time in the design cycle.

I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week 
Published March 12, 2021

There was a lot going on last spring, and Andy reported that 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.” So, it should be no surprise that our I-Connect007 coverage was about APEX. This is a great opportunity to look back on that virtual event.

I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week 
Published May 7, 2021

Finally, Andy reported, it’s May. The snow has melted, and the flowers are blooming. The electronics industry was on the move as well. “This week, we bring you a veritable seafood platter of articles and columns about PCB design, fabrication, and assembly, starting with a David Bergman tribute to his father, Dieter Bergman.” Now, if that doesn’t make you want to read more …

I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week 
Published February 12, 2021

In this “episode,” we were all looking forward to the virtual IPC APEX EXPO, and much was happening. Andy reviewed a how-to guide for PCBA technologists, and he highlighted an interview with members of USPAE about their new consortium dedicated to providing a safe supply chain. Bonus: Joe Fjelstad reviewed The Innovators, a technological history book written by Walter Isaacson.

I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week 
Published January 29, 2021

If you remember back to January, we were so glad to turn the corner on 2020 and looked forward to a new year, hoping it would bring us better fruits. Andy quoted Chris Farley in “Tommy Boy” after his character fell off of a mountain, “What in the hell was that about?”

Next week, check in as Andy takes a stab at editor Nolan Johnson’s top five Editor’s Choice for the year. What was your top story of the year? 

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