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IPC APEX EXPO 2021 week kicks off today in a first-ever virtual format. IPC Board Chair Shane Whiteside captures the essence of the weeklong event perfectly:
“This year, IPC will bring experts together to help companies transform and modernize as we look toward the future of electronics manufacturing. Our technical conference reflects that transformation by offering a three-track educational event, featuring:
- Factory of the Future implementation
- PCB Fabrication and materials
- Quality, Reliability, Assembly, Test and Inspection
The 24-page IPC APEX EXPO program of courses and conference events details the events, technical program, keynotes, and much more. Still need to register? You’ll find details in the program. Professional development courses? Listed in the program. Technical conference tracks? Yep! In the program. Keynotes and Managers Forums? You got it—in the program!”
To access the IPC APEX EXPO program of courses and conference events, follow this link for the show e-Brochure. The show is underway at ipcapexexpo.org.
Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007
This week, we bring you an article about manufacturing training for veterans, and a review of a great signal integrity webinar. IPC honors its A-Teams with the coveted Golden Gnome Awards, and Technica discusses various ways for fabricators to increase ROI. Dan Beaulieu has a review of a really cool book: Back to Human—How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation. In spite of all the meetings on Teams and Zoom, it’s easy to feel disconnected. But great leaders find a way to foster that connectivity.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
I recently spoke with PCB Technologies’ Jeff De Serrano, Yaniv Maydar, and Alon Menache about their new venture, InPack. They explain their plans to focus on advanced packaging, miniaturization, and other high-end technology, with much faster time to market, and they offer a view of the global market as well.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The big news in the industry this week was the new bill introduced to the U.S. Congress in support of the PCB manufacturing industry. The Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022, which was introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT), incentivizes “purchases of domestically produced PCBs as well as industry investments in factories, equipment, workforce training, and research and development.” The bill is a PCB-oriented complement to the semiconductor-oriented CHIPS Act of 2021.