IPC APEX EXPO 2020 Attendees Speak: Travis Smith and Mindy Sanchez


Reading time ( words)

Travis Smith is a technical specialist and Mindy Sanchez is a manufacturing engineer, both with Ball Aerospace.

Kelly Dack: What have you both seen here at IPC APEX EXPO?

Travis Smith: I’m seeing a lot of great manufacturers and different equipment that’s available in the market, as well as new, emerging technologies. I’m learning a lot more about some of IPC’s standards and committees as well. It has been a fantastic week of educating ourselves for manufacturing processes going forward. And the IPC booth has a wealth of information.

Dack: What do you think about those pictorial examples they have in some of their specifications?

Smith: They’re great. I’m an IPC CID for a couple of different standards. I’m very familiar with all their standards. It’s nice to get to meet some of their staff, too.

Dack: Did you see any new standards over there or revisions that you weren’t familiar with?

Smith: Not yet. I was on a committee that was going over the training material for the next revision on the IPC-610, which is pretty exciting.

Dack: Thank you. There was one on designing for BGAs.

Mindy_Sanchez.jpgMindy Sanchez: I love that so much.

Dack: How did the show go for you, Mindy?

Sanchez: This is my first time attending IPC APEX EXPO. It has been really exciting. I just got back from the Hakko booth, where I built my own Game Boy controller, which was really cool. Seeing all the manufacturers here in one place and getting to see all the technology has also been great.

Dack: Excellent. Did you get to connect with lots of different types of vendors?

Sanchez: I’m in manufacturing, so we design in our shop and do the manufacturing, as well. It’s really great to be able to work with that. Seeing all the different manufacturers looking for equipment that we could use to help improve the technologies in our office is huge.

To see more comments by IPC APEX EXPO 2020 attendees, visit Show & Tell Magazine.

Share




Suggested Items

Preparing the Next-gen Tech Workforce

05/18/2022 | Marc Carter, Independent Contributor
Knowledge transfer, especially from the “graying-out” experienced technical workers in our industry, is a complex, difficult family of problems. It differs wildly between companies, and even within divisions of the same company. One of the biggest barriers is the full manufacturing schedules in North American electronics companies that don’t leave any slack time—and the 40-hour work week is a complete fantasy for many.

Are Your Existing Machines Enough to Keep Up?

05/04/2022 | Jennifer Davis, Arch Systems
Buy new or make do? It’s an age-old debate for manufacturers who are trying to decide how best to manage machine assets inside their manufacturing facilities. New machines are expensive, but so is operating existing machines at a comparative deficit.

Finding Solutions in the Quoting Process

05/03/2022 | Duane Benson, Screaming Circuits
It’s easy to frame all our supply chain woes around the COVID-19 pandemic. However, at Screaming Circuits, we started receiving dire warnings about component shortages in early 2018. At that time, we were told that the supply upheaval could last years and that we should expect it to get much worse before it got better. Now, four years later, I would say those warnings nailed it.



Copyright © 2022 I-Connect007. All rights reserved.