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

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Like many of you, for the past few months, we’ve been busier than a farmer with two rattlesnakes and one shovel. As soon as we got home from IPC APEX EXPO 2022 we started work on our post-show publication, Real Time withIPC APEX EXPO 2022 Show & Tell Magazine. Now in its fifth year, Show & Tell is the best—and most exhaustive—source of in-depth information about IPC APEX EXPO.

We published Show & Tell this week, and the response from industry leaders has been off the charts. Show & Tell gives the reader a taste of what it was like to be at the show, from ribbon-cutting and keynotes through the last conference classes. If you haven’t read Show & Tell yet, check it out.   

IPC APEX EXPO 2022 Show & Tell Magazine Available Now
Published February 24

This week, we welcomed our new baby into the world. And Real Time with… IPC APEX EXPO 2022 Show & Tell Magazine is a big one; don’t get me started on the labor pains! We bring you 184 pages of coverage from San Diego, featuring interviews with executives and engineers, managers and machine operators, as well as the young and not so young. If you didn’t make it to IPC APEX EXPO 2022, check out Show & Tell Magazine and find out how the industry celebrated what was, for many, the first trade show in two years.

AltiumLive 2022: Power and Signal Integrity—Return to Sender
Published February 23

Which came first: the chicken of the egg? In this interview, Keysight Technologies’ Heidi Barnes and Stephen Slater pose a similar question. Which came first: signal integrity or power integrity? The two engineers discuss their AltiumLive presentations, now available online, which offer tips and techniques for avoiding SI and PI issues down the road, and why a clear return path is paramount to a successful high-speed design.

Real Time with... IPC APEX EXPO 2022: The Challenges With Lead Times
Published February 22

One of the hottest topics at IPC APEX EXPO was the supply chain. It was inspiring to see how so many electronics companies have figured out how to get around the problem of 50-week lead times. In this interview, Manncorp’s Ed Stone and Guest Editor Kelly Dack discuss Manncorp’s various supply chain strategies, including bringing production in-house.

Fein-Lines: Here’s How Technology Will Play Out in 2022
Published February 21

Much of our industry revolves around the requirements of the consumer electronics segment, and our columnist Dan Feinberg is also our go-to guy for consumer electronics information. In his latest column, Dan shares his predictions and recommendations for consumer electronics during the remainder of 2022, including some tips about the new Windows 11.

Alex Stepinski: Taking Control of Input Costs
Published February 23

Many people associate Alex Stephinski with greenfield sites because of his smart factory efforts over the past few years. But he has a thing or two to share with the industry about tightening up input costs at your brownfield site as well. In the February issue of PCB007 Magazine, Alex explains a few strategies for making the most of your existing facility. Spoiler alert: There’s no silver bullet here. Teasing out value from your current facility is a slow, methodical, step-by-step process.


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Challenges of the 2022 PCB Market: The Party’s Over

08/08/2022 | Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
With his knowledgeable insight into the business and technology of the printed circuit industry, Dr. Shiuh-Kao Chiang, managing partner at Prismark Partners, has put a global perspective on the challenges of the 2022 PCB market. His presentation at the EIPC Summer Conference in Orebro, Sweden, on June 14 was eagerly awaited by an attentive audience, keen to share his vision. From his comments, it was clear that 2022 will be an interesting year and does not appear particularly friendly for the PCB business.

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

08/05/2022 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The Top 5 list this week contains industry analysis from IPC’s Shawn DuBravac, news on the passage of the U.S. “CHIPS Plus” bill, new materials from Ventec, news about a fab for sale, and a chemistry company completing their acquisition, plus a brand new book in the I-Connect007 eBooks series.

Review: Institute of Circuit Technology 2022 Annual Symposium

06/15/2022 | Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
The British Motor Museum in Warwickshire, housing the world's largest collection of historic British cars, was venue for the 2022 Annual Symposium of the Institute of Circuit Technology on June 8, which attracted a substantial gathering of manufacturers and suppliers from the UK printed circuit industry. ICT chair Emma Hudson reflected upon lessons learned during the pandemic lock-down and how the industry has successfully adapted to circumstances. She commented that the UK’s PCB fabricators are extremely busy, as she introduced an outstanding conference programme including a keynote from the incomparable Happy Holden.

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