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Did you know that 3,000 volunteers work on IPC committees? In the May issue of SMT007 Magazine, we raise awareness of their work and the value they bring to the industry. We bring you status reports from key committees, trends the committees are identifying, as well as a historical perspective of past achievements.
We talk with IPC about the purposes, roles, and organization of all 135 or so committee-type teams currently in process. We examine how committees are formed and how they are organized into a larger strategic vision. We talk with IPC’s technical directors, whose job it is to guide the committee processes. We also catch up with some of the newest committee leadership, and we look back at IPC’s earlier beginnings as a reminder of how far the industry has come over the past 64 years.
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Michelle Te, I-Connect007
It’s officially fall, and that means it's time to start planning your trade show attendance. To help you make decisions about when and where to go, we’ve put together a list of industry trade shows. It has been two long years with no or few in-person trade shows, and we’ve felt it. So, now we’re back in business and ready to hit the road. Do you have a show or conference to add to our list? Let us know!
Chris Peters, USPAE
Events of the past two years have clearly demonstrated the value of strong trading relationships. When materials become constrained, as in the recent microchip shortage or any of the pandemic-driven supply chain snafus, the companies that have those materials have a choice to make. Which customers will be put at the front of the line, and which will be placed at the rear? Too often, company executives assume that since they are a large buyer, they automatically will be prioritized when supplies are constrained. Research has shown that this is not always the case, and that assumption can leave a company in a weakened position.
Barry Matties and Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007
IPC Mexico has been growing for the past few years, and it’s no wonder: Mexico has become a major hub in the world of PCB manufacturing, spurred in part by reshoring as companies pulled work back from China during the pandemic. As the country’s maquiladoras thrived, IPC began expanding the Mexican educational and training operations, and the group recently named Lorena Villanueva as director of IPC Mexico. Andy Shaughnessy and Barry Matties recently spoke with Lorena and IPC Vice President of Education David Hernandez about IPC Mexico’s growth, as well as the office’s plans to provide PCB manufacturers the training resources they need to succeed.