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


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We’re driving headlong into 2022, and there’s a lot going on in the world of PCB design, fabrication, and assembly. It’s trade show season now. IPC APEX EXPO starts in less than two weeks, and we’re all getting ready for what is, for many, the first trade show in years. Do you know where you put your business cards after your last show in 2020? I keep half a box of biz cards in my glove compartment; I’m not going to make that mistake again.

Trade shows are well represented in this week’s Top Five, along with news about a new Isola eBook on advanced materials and an article on the Factory of the Future. I imagine you’ll find more information about high-performance materials and the Smart Factory at IPC APEX EXPO.

I hope to see you all in San Diego, but if you can’t make it, check in with I-Connect007 throughout the week for the latest show updates.

New Book From Isola Highlights Importance of Material Selection
Published January 13

The latest I-007eBook, The Printed Circuit Designer’s Guide to... High Performance Materials, authored by Isola’s Michael Gay, provides PCB designers and design engineers with guidelines for selecting the proper advanced material for each application. This free eBook can help you weave your way through the maze of available high-performance materials available now.

CES 2022: Half Virtual, Still Valuable, and Here’s Why
Published January 13

Consumer Editor Dan Feinberg has been covering the changing technology at CES for over a decade. But this year, Dan is covering the show virtually, and apparently, about half of the usual attendees also decided to log into the show instead of traveling to Las Vegas. Still, as Dan explains in this post-show review, there was plenty of innovation on display at this year’s CES.

AltiumLive 2022 CONNECT Announces European Summit Dates
Published January 13

Altium has announced the dates for its European AltiumLive event, February 2-4, 2022. Taking place one week after its U.S. counterpart, the European Summit will also be a virtual affair, with tracks including Design Principles and Practices; Simulation, Test & Measurement; Supply Chain; Manufacturing, and classes devoted to Altium tools. Registration for the European AltiumLive is open now.

Making the Most of a Smart Factory Initiative
Published January 11

In this conversation from the January issue of SMT007 Magazine, Editor Nolan Johnson speaks with Koh Young’s Joel Scutchfield about the company’s focus on the Smart Factory Initiative. They also discuss trends in the global market, including artificial intelligence, predictive maintenance, and data analytics. 

Happy Holden’s Five Must-Reads of 2021
Published January 10

As we entered 2022, we asked Happy Holden to review the articles that we published last year and pick his Top Five. Always up for a challenge, Happy went through our 2021 offerings and named his five favorites, along with his criteria for selecting them. We hope you enjoy this insight into the kind of articles that Happy finds interesting.

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Day One: It's Show Time!

01/25/2022 | Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
IPC APEX EXPO officially opens today, and as Crosby, Still and Nash once sang, “It’s been a long time coming.” The last live IPC APEX EXPO was held two years ago and was—for many of us—the last trade show we would attend before the pandemic hit. A lot has changed since then. But not everything has changed. After spending a few days watching the exhibitors set up, I have to say that it looks a lot like the show floor always does at IPC APEX EXPO. I was surprised at the amount of capital equipment on the floor. I thought that exhibitors might have scaled back their spending, afraid that attendance might be light, but I saw no evidence of that. Companies came here ready to strut their stuff!

IPC APEX EXPO: We’re Back, Masked, and Ready for Business

01/24/2022 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
I-Connect007 is here in San Diego, setting up our booth on the show floor for the exhibition portion of IPC APEX EXPO. Technical conferences and programs start today, and the show floor has filled with all the biggest names in our industry. Registration has been smooth and everyone seems to be wearing masks.

Getting the Most Out of IPC APEX EXPO 2022

01/21/2022 | Dan Beaulieu, D.B. Management Group
It’s going to be a big deal for many of us to attend a large trade show like IPC APEX EXPO again. In fact, this was the last show I attended before locking down in early 2020—and that feels like a decade ago. With that in mind, going to IPC APEX EXPO this month will probably be the most important and valued trade show experience we have had in a very long time. We should all be doing everything we can to make this trade show experience as beneficial as possible. Here are some tips on how to make this show, as well as any other show you attend, a meaningful experience so that you will be sure to get a great return on your investment.



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