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


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This week’s top five is a smattering across the industry. There’s an update on an established vendor and a press release from a startup. Then, we have two columns: one on M&A, and the other on supply chain disruptions. Finally, I highlight an interview from a U.S. food distributor sales manager, shedding light on the similarities of supply chain interruption in all industries. It's quite an assortment, but what they all have in common is that readers found these items compelling.

Dale Smith and David Moody: Lenthor Pushing Limits to Flex Technology
Published 7/21

Andy Shaughnessy speaks with Dale Smith and David Moody from Lenthor Engineering. Dale recently joined the Lenthor team, and he talks about his list of projects underway. David shares an operations update on Lenthor during COVID-19 and what he thinks is the future landscape.

Avishtech Announces Gauss Stack and Gauss 2D PCB Modeling Software
Published 7/20

Avishtech is a startup, making its debut on the open market with some modeling software that’s quite innovative. I-Connect007 followed up, interviewing founder Keshav Amla for an upcoming feature. If design and/or CAM engineering is your thing, you’ll want to catch up on Avishtech.

Punching Out! Acquiring a Distressed Company by Tom Kastner
Published 7/20

“Everyone loves a bargain,” Kastner starts his column, continuing, “Here are some thoughts on acquiring a distressed or underperforming business.” Tom’s columns are consistently well-read; this column, however, caused a spike. Apparently, everyone likes reading about how to spot a bargain, too.

Lean Digital Thread: Driving Productivity Excellence—Lean PCB Manufacturing
Published 7/22

Sagi Reuven gets a little vulnerable in this column, in a good way. COVID-19 helped Sagi, a digital factory expert, experience the impact of an interrupted supply chain first-hand. He shares what he learned, which makes for a compelling read.

Selling in a Post-COVID Environment
Published 7/21

Sometimes, it helps to look outside your own industry for a sanity check. I-Connect007 did just that, conducting an interview with Penny Cole, a regional sales manager for a food wholesaler. Penny shares stories and lessons learned from food distribution; it’s telling how applicable her lessons are to our business, as well. Based on the reads, you thought so too.

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Time, Space, Structure, and Model Analysis of CCL Price Increase

04/19/2021 | Hu Yang, Zhongtai Securities Research Center
According to the CCL Association, copper foil accounts for the largest proportion of raw materials (traditional CCL uses epoxy resin, glass fiber cloth and copper as raw materials). Copper foil in thin plate accounts for about 30% of the overall cost; in thick plate copper accounts for 50%. In CCL production, using Shengyi Technology and Chaohua Technology as examples, the cost of raw materials accounts for about 88% of the total cost, with labor accounting for about 4%. Other costs such as equipment depreciation account for about 8%.

Top Five Takeaways from IPC APEX EXPO 2021

04/15/2021 | Chris Mitchell, IPC VP, Global Government Relations
IPC APEX EXPO 2021, which went all virtual this year, exemplified how the electronics industry has responded to the COVID-19 global pandemic: with resiliency, agility, and an unwavering commitment to build electronics better. APEX EXPO featured great content and robust discussions on topics of critical importance to the global electronics industry. From my vantage point leading IPC’s government relations programs, here are my top five takeaways from this year’s event.

The Future Is Electric

04/13/2021 | KJ McCann and Brian Zirlin, Aurora Circuits
Worldwide research and development of the automotive industry began as early as the 17th century and since then has taken several different design paths, with each country forging its own innovative trail and hundreds of prototypes emerging into the market. Vehicles—with steam-powered, electric, and combustion engines—began to play a major role, not only in the Industrial Revolution, but in everyday life. Although many believe that electric vehicles (EVs) are relatively new to the market, they have actually been around since 1832.



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