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


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I’m at DesignCon as I start to pen this week’s must-reads. It’s good to be back in the convention centers, I have to say. In my last installment, I expressed the anticipation; I can now confirm that taking the pulse of our industry is so much easier when one is nearer the heartbeat. Some of our most-read news in the last week probably cannot, technically, be added to this list. This is because show announcements all trended to the top of our read lists–show announcements for shows and conferences that will be over by the time this list goes to publication. So, those I’m stripping off the list this week.

Not to worry, there’s still news aplenty this week: lessons learned in onboarding new designers; new Europe/UK distribution agreements; U.S. military veteran transition programs for electronics manufacturing jobs; a company acquisition; and a technical paper on soldering. These news items round out this week’s must- reads.

My Road to Becoming a Great Designer 
Published August 15

This article, in our Education issue of Design007 Magazine, Chester shares his experiences entering the PCB industry just as the 2008 financial crisis washed over us all. Chester has some great insights and makes a great read in learning, growing, and moving on in our careers.

Ventec, Taiyo America Sign Exclusive Distribution Agreement for Mainland Europe, UK 
Published August 16

Effective October 1, 2021, customers in Europe will immediately benefit from this agreement for Ventec to take over the exclusive distribution of Taiyo products in mainland Europe, the UK and Ireland.

SEMI Teams with Manufacturing Institute to Help U.S. Military Veterans  
Published August 16

From the press release, “About 200,000 men and women transition out of the military each year, and many of them have the skills and experience that would position them to excel in our industry,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO. “These highly trained, team-focused, disciplined and talented individuals have the opportunity to be successful in challenging and mutually rewarding careers with SEMI member companies. Our industry has not been very visible to them, but our participation in the Heroes MAKE America Initiative will bring more awareness to the ecosystem around the production of the chips that are enabling innovations across our lives.”

Factors Affecting Quality of Solder Joints in Multi-Busbar Interconnection
Published August 17

Narahari S. Pujari, from MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions, shares the latest research in soldering for reliable interconnections.

Quantic Electronics Acquires BEI Precision
Published August 19

Quantic Electronics, a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, announced the acquisition of BEI Precision Systems & Space Company, Inc. from J.F. Lehman & Company. BEI Precision designs, engineers, and manufactures highly accurate, resilient, and reliable position feedback sensors and frequency reference technologies for mission-critical space, land, air, and sea applications. Quantic Electronics holdings also include Ohmega and Ticer.

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