It's Only Common Sense: Reps Need a Better Deal, Part 2

May 23, 2022 | Dan Beaulieu, DB Management

Last week, I discussed why PCB and PCBA need a better deal. This week, I will discuss some ideas and suggestions of what that better deal—that better contract—should look like to make sure it is a win for both the principal and the rep. Improving the contract one issue at a time looks like this.

The New Chapter: Simple Secrets for Effective Mentorships

May 23, 2022 | Hannah Nelson & Paige Fiet, IPC Student Directors

Mentoring the next generation is a hot topic in the industry, as many are asking what needs to happen for the electronics industry to maintain young talent. How do we close the tribal knowledge gap that persists across several generations? One way to better understand the needs of up-and-coming engineers is through mentorship programs. According to the Mentor Coach Foundation, 79% of millennials report mentorship as being crucial to their career success. Further, one of the top reasons millennials leave their current position is due to “lack of learning and development opportunities.” Creating an active environment for young professionals to learn and grow professionally throughout their career can drastically affect retention in these positions.



Foundations of the Future: Optimizing Engagement Through Webinars

May 18, 2022 | IPC Education Foundation, IPC

To support students in high school and college by sharing information about the careers the electronics manufacturing industry has to offer, the IPC Education Foundation wanted to ensure that irrespective of the current academic...

Connectors such as those pictured in Figure 1 are challenging to rework as they generally have a high density, tight spacing of connector pins as well as a ground connection running through the center of the body of the part. The...

Lean Digital Thread: The Manufacturing Metaverse

May 11, 2022 | Zac Elliott, Siemens Digital Industries Software

If you follow technology news, you’re aware of the buzz about the metaverse. Even if you do not follow technology news, you have likely heard that Facebook has rebranded itself as “Meta” to align with its focus on...

Managing High-Mix Work on the Shop Floor Featuring:

  • Exploring High Density With Axiom interview with Rob Rowland and Kevin Bennett
  • Finding Solutions in the Quoting Process by Duane Benson
  • The Data Format Effect on Business Costs interview with Rob Rowland and Kevin Bennett
  • Optimize Throughput: High-Mix, Low Volume Manufacturing by Emmalee Gagnon
  • Fractional Materials and High-Mix Manufacturing by Michael Ford
  • Changing Expectations by Nolan Johnson
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