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Joel Scutchfield, director of sales for the Americas for Koh Young
Kelly Dack: Joel, what are your reactions to the show this year?
Joel Scutchfield: Based on traffic and attendance, we have had a great week. We had 40+ more scans than what we did last year at this point, and we’re waiting for the final tally today. We’re expecting to have 80–100 more booth visitors than last year, and we had a good year last year, too, so that tells me that things are happening. A lot of the traffic has been very high quality. People are planning to invest and do things within the year, which tells me that the industry is growing, and that’s what we want. The economy is still strong.
Dack: Have you had a chance to walk the floor very much?
Scutchfield: I’ll spend the next couple of hours wandering around and looking at things. We hear a lot of ongoing smart fabrication and Industry 4.0 discussions. Some of the interviews I’ve been involved with surrounded that, along with the future of manufacturing in the U.S. in general. Each year, there’s more connectivity between the partners and systems. CFX is playing a part in that, but that seems to be the common thing as an aggregate specific to inspection through the whole inspection, which seems to be on the forefront. Conformal coding inspection is something that a lot of people are interested in, as well.
To read this original interview, which appeared in Show & Tell Magazine, click here.
Charlene Gunter du Plessis, IPC Education Foundation
IPC has a responsibility to its current members but also in attracting and retaining new talent to the electronics manufacturing industry. This is no more evident than in the STEM event hosted by the IPC Education Foundation at IPC APEX EXPO. For the 2023 event, more than 500 students from nearly a dozen high schools are expected to participate in hands-on activities, touring the show floor, and learning from industry experts. The Career Panel Luncheon will expand across the in-person event as we broadcast and stream to schools across the United States.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
Dan Beaulieu and Nolan Johnson recently had a conversation with Christopher Kalmus of Aurora Circuits and Brigitte Lawrence of Brigitflex. Joining them was Jeff Brandman of Aismalibar North America. The group discussed the value of partnerships, noting how it has helped them win and keep business. They also describe a recent project for an OEM manufacturer in the automotive industry that served as a case study for this discussion.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
When we visited Rocket EMS in 2013 to observe a DIY 4.0 factory data collection and management system in action, we were very impressed. This was clearly a factory of the future, even back then. We recently followed up with Rocket’s president, Michael Kottke, to discuss how this work has given the company a huge advantage over the competition. The moment he realized he’s now in a data collection business that happens to build printed circuit boards, everything changed. Is this where all companies should be headed? Perhaps, but you’ll want to take a cue from this type of innovative thinking.