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


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This month—and this year, really—has just flown by. As someone mentioned to me recently, “There are basically only three full work weeks before New Year’s Day.” Yikes.

Thanksgiving is next week, which means most of your customers and suppliers will be hard to reach. Unless there’s a problem, that is! In that case, they’ll find you, even if you’re carving a turkey with the kids and grandkids. So, with a short week on the horizon, most of us are in overdrive now, trying to get ahead of the game.

Speaking of getting ahead, in this week’s Top Five we have a few news stories and articles about companies who are focused on getting ahead and moving their technology forward. And Nan Ya certainly has some good news. Can we expect to see more PCB companies posting 77% YoY revenue growth? Let’s hold a good thought!

Nan Ya PCB Reports 77% YoY Revenue Growth for Jan-Oct 2021
Published November 18

Let’s hope this is a harbinger of more good things to come in our industry: Nan Ya PCB has posted sales of $1.5 billion for the period from January through October 2021, an increase of 77% compared to the same period last year. The company’s October 2021 sales are up 13% from the previous month as well, and up 41.6% YoY. Supply chain challenges be damned; if there’s a solution, our industry will find it.

Trackwise Delivers Record-breaking 72m Multi-layer Flexible PCB
Published November 16

UK-based flex maker Trackwise sounds like a fun place to work. We’ve reported on their record-breaking extra-long flex circuits in the past, and they’ve done it again. This time, the company crafted a flex that clocks in at 72 meters in length, beating their 2020 record of 52 meters, which itself shattered their 2019 achievement of 25 meters. What’s the outside limit on long flexible circuits? Trackwise is “on track” to find out.

Altium's Nexar Teams with Ultra Librarian to Expand Component Data Coverage
Published November 18

Ultra Librarian, a division of EMA Design Automation, has joined Altium’s Nexar cloud-based ecosystem. Ultra Librarian contains over 16 million free CAD models; Altium’s business unit Octopart will be the first to launch the Ultra Librarian capabilities, starting in December.

Now Playing: ‘Predicting Reliability in Electronics’ Presented by the Experts at GEN3
Published November 17

I-Connect007 has teamed up with GEN3 to launch an 11-part free micro webinar series titled Predicting Reliability in Electronics. Presented by Graham Naisbitt and Chris Hunt of GEN3, the entire webinar can be viewed in about an hour and is designed to complement their latest I-007 eBook, The Printed Circuit Assembler’s Guide to...Process Validation. Much of the content focuses on research conducted by GEN3 in cooperation with the British National Physical Laboratory.

New Methods for Quantifying PCB Design Weaknesses and Manufacturing Challenges
Published November 18

In this great interview from the November 2021 issue of PCB007 Magazine, Editor Nolan Johnson and Summit Interconnect’s Gerry Partida discuss a number of test methods that fabricators are embracing in order to help identify DFM issues in PCB designs earlier in the process, before changes become more costly. As Partida explains, customers eventually got tired of asking their fabricators, “Why am I buying bad boards?”

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

11/26/2021 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
If you’re in the United States like I am, and if you celebrated with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, like my family did, then you just might have fallen asleep sitting up in a chair (or in my case, stretched out on the couch) and missed some of the highlights in the news this week. Never fear, I woke up early to bring the top five news items you should know for this week. We have industry bookings and sales news from IPC, some news from the flex sector, an explanation of induction lamination from Happy Holden, and two different takes on “sustainability.”

Pacothane on the Future of Laminate Technologies

12/08/2020 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
Nolan Johnson recently spoke with the Pacothane Technologies team about the current drivers of circuit board technology and how that has influenced and increased their product development of lamination and lamination assist products.

Just Ask Tara Dunn: The Exclusive Compilation

12/03/2020 | I-Connect007 Editorial Team
We asked for you to send in your questions for Averatek’s Tara Dunn, and you took us up on it! We know you all enjoyed reading these questions and answers, so we’ve compiled all of them into one article for easy reference. And if you’d like to hear more from Tara, be sure to view her Flex007 column series “Flex Talk.”



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