We’re onto the second half of the year now, and we’ve seen lots of activities within our local Designers Council (DC) Chapters, including a few international chapters as well. It’s great to see and hear of the continued activities from professional development to knowledge sharing and networking taking place at various industry events. Here is a snapshot of what has taken place so far from several of our active chapters.
If you are involved in discussions, whether it is in a small or a large group, about industry content regarding PCB design, fabrication, or assembly, but you are not part of IPC, then I highly recommend you contact me so that I can assist you in joining the IPC collective. It’s totally free and well worth it! And if you are an industry veteran with lots of experience, yet not active in IPC, or simply a college student starting your career, this is a great group to join and get plugged in. I hope to hear from those who are not part of IPC, especially within a DC Chapter.
Silicon Valley Chapter, California
by Chapter Leader: Bob McCreight
Around 32 people attended our Q3 meeting on July 25. Many thanks to Altium, Amazon, and the guest speakers. To start the meeting, we were treated to a nice greeting from Umar Shah and Charles Rusch from Amazon Lab126. Then, we went around the room, and each attendee introduced themselves. It was nice to put faces with the names. Stephen Golemme followed with a quick presentation about the IPC-2231 standards committee he is part of. Next, Judy Warner talked about AltiumLive 2019 and her OnTrack podcast.
The feature presentation by Vincent Himpe of Tesla was well received and sparked some lively discussion. His talk, "What’s in a Name: Making Sure There Is No Ambiguity When Exchanging Data," explored several key items. He touched on schematic symbols, reference designators, footprints, net names, component values, and file names.
Our next meeting will be October 24 in San Jose. Zuken will host, and Pal Pilot will sponsor lunch.
Scott Nuance from Optimum Design Associates will present "Best Practices for RF and Mixed Technology PCB Design." I will be setting up the invitation in a few weeks, so save the date.
Cascade Chapter (Seattle), Washington
by Chapter Leader: Tim Mullin
In addition to my role as the Cascade Chapter president, other board members include Paul Brendt (VP), Jerome Larez (treasurer), Aubrey Moore (secretary), Cherie Litson (education chairperson), and Cory Grunwald (webmaster).
Held at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology, we had our Q1 meeting in April. Dinner was sponsored by Aerotek, and speakers included Cherie Litson, Tim Mullin, and Jerome Larez. The roundtable discussion covered three topics: cutting-edge technologies, IPC standards, and materials and processes. Held in June, Mentor was the dinner sponsor for the Q2 meeting, and the guest speaker was Robert Hanson, who discussed “Achieving Signal Integrity and Meeting EMI Radiation Requirements.”
The speakers and topics are still to be determined, but our Q3 meeting will be held on September 18, and the Q4 meeting will be December 4, both at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Mark your calendars!
Research Triangle Park (RTP) Chapter, North Carolina
by Chapter Leader: Tony Cosentino
The Research Triangle Park (RTP) Chapter supports the Raleigh-Durham area, and we held our first meeting at the end of January, including an election for the new slate of leaders: myself as president, Randy Faucette (VP), Steve Trasatto (treasurer), Ian Jackson (secretary), and Lance Olive (membership). Hosted by Protolabs in Morrisville, North Carolina, the guest speaker was Eric Utley, applications engineer at Protolabs, who spoke on “3D Printing: Beyond Prototyping.” The 24 attendees also toured the Protolabs facility.
Our March meeting including 20 attendees and was hosted by CertifiGroup in Cary, North Carolina. Josh Hunt, field service manager at CertifiGroup, addressed “Environmental Testing for Reliability of Products and Components.” There was also a site tour of the CertifiGroup facility.
In June, there were 25 attendees. Ian Jackson, the elected secretary, dropped out of office due to workload issues, and the position is open and being backfilled by Steve Trasatto, the current treasurer. Hosted by Ixia, a Keysight Business, in Morrisville, North Carolina, guest speakers Shruthi Soora and Dr. Mike Barts from the Wireless Research Center addressed “PCB Antenna Considerations From Concept to Certification.”
July and August served as a summer break for the chapter, and the date and details for the September meeting will be announced soon. In addition, PCB Carolina 2019 is approaching and will be held November 13 at the McKimmon Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. It’s free to all attendees and includes a keynote and 16 technical sessions. Based on last year, the projected attendance is 1,000 attendees, and the vendor floor is already sold out (Figure 1).
San Diego Chapter: California
by Chapter Leader: Luke Hausherr
Our last meeting was held at the Del Mar Electronics show with around 35 attendees. Altium paid for everybody’s lunch. I made my debut as the new chapter president since Bob Griffith has retired. I gave a short speech thanking the community for their support and explained my objectives to increase membership. John Carney from Cadence is now the secretary, and Judy Warner from Altium joins the team as education chair.
Gerry Partida—the director of engineering for Summit Interconnect in Anaheim, California—spoke on “CAD to PCB: Your Data and What I Actually Do With It.” His presentation provided a great overview in understanding the input and data review process of your design data in front-end engineering departments at PCB fabrication companies. We then had a raffle where we gave away a bunch of vendor- and chapter-sponsored items.
Our next meeting will be held at San Diego PCB in September. Jeffrey Jenkins, PCB chief technologist at L3 Communications, will be giving a presentation about conformal coating, what is it, and why to use it.
Orange County Chapter, California
by Chapter Leader: Scott McCurdy
We had our latest “lunch ‘n learn” chapter meeting on July 18 at JT Schmid’s Restaurant banquet room in Anaheim, California. We had a very well-attended event with 68 designers and PCB professionals in the audience. The topic was “How Fabrication Processes Determine DFM Guidelines” presented by Julie Ellis, field applications engineer at TTM Technologies Inc. She gave a detailed look at fabrication realities to help designers understand capabilities and tradeoffs. It was very educational and generated lots of questions from the audience.
I wish to thank Altium for sponsoring much of the lunch cost of the meeting and also for providing a three-day pass to their upcoming AltiumLive event in San Diego as one of our door prizes. PCB Libraries provided a generous grand prize for a one-year Cloud License of their full-featured PCB Library Expert Enterprise tool. We also had other raffle prizes donated by Mentor and Freedom CAD Services.
Our international chapters continue to be very active, two of which have been showcased in recent columns. The Monterrey Chapter is led by Luis Saracho, and the Sonora Chapter is headed by Robert Ivan Villalba Gonzalez.
IPC CID/CID+ Certification Success
by Stephen V. Chavez, MIT, CID+
We continue to have successful IPC CID and CID+ certifications classes to date, resulting in many new and seasoned engineers and designers successfully achieving their certifications. Congratulations to all who have recently successfully achieved their new IPC CDI/CDI+ certification! Welcome to the family!
In the next section, you will find the remaining training sessions to take advantage of as well as upcoming PCB design events.
2019 Training and Certification Schedule
IPC Certified Interconnect Designer (CID)
- November 2–5: Raleigh, NC
- November 5–8: Dallas, TX
IPC Advanced Certified Interconnect Designer CID+
- November 2–5: Raleigh, NC
- December 3–6: Manchester, NH
Note: Dates and locations are subject to change. Contact EPTAC Corporation to check current dates and availability. A minimum enrollment of seven students is required for a class to be held.
Upcoming PCB Design Event
PCB Carolina 20191
The IPC Designers Council is an international network of designers. Its mission is to promote printed circuit board design as a profession and to encourage, facilitate, and promote the exchange of information and integration of new design concepts through communications, seminars, workshops, and professional certification through a network of local chapters.
Stephen Chavez is a member of the IPC Designers Council Executive Board and chairman of the communications subcommittee. To contact Chavez, click yellow email talk bubble to the left underneath headshot.