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

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Right now, it seems that almost everyone I know is talking about the future. Doesn’t matter whether it’s with my family, loved ones, friends, industry colleagues, or neighbors I meet on the street, conversations are almost entirely forward-looking. This being the holiday season, some reminiscing is to be expected, but I’m just not hearing it in the chatter all around me–this year is different somehow. And it shows in this edition of my must-reads for the week as well. 

This week we bring you forward-looking discussions with Dr. John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO, on IPC APEX EXPO and what to expect in the future; and an interview with Isola’s CEO, Travis Kelly, introducing a new industry consortium, the Printed Circuit Board Association of America. Innovative additive technologies gain the spotlight as well, with Nano Dimension and a combination of Averatek and American Standard Circuits leading this week’s news cycle. Wrapping up the theme is Siemens’ position as a visionary in the Industrial IoT Magic Quadrant, as compiled by Gartner.

The Mission of the New Printed Circuit Board Association of America
Published December 9

Barry Matties recently met with Travis Kelly to discuss the formation of the Printed Circuit Board Association of America (PCBAA), a consortium of U.S.-based companies he chairs to support U.S. domestic production of PCBs. PCBAA was established on three pillars, and Travis explains how they intertwine with each other—and with other similar organizations in the industry. This is an important read no matter what sector of the industry you fall in. 

John Mitchell: Focus on the Future 
Published December 6 

In a far-ranging interview, first published in I-Connect007’s December issue of SMT007 Magazine, Dr. John Mitchell and Barry Matties discuss the upcoming IPC APEX EXPO, IPC programs, and the challenges–and opportunities–facing our industry. If you think Dr. Mitchell's assessment would be pessimistic, you'd be wrong.  

Nano Dimension Sells Two DragonFly IV 3D-AME Systems to Defense and Government Agencies 
Published December 6 

Nano Dimension announced that it has sold the first two DragonFly IV 3D-AME printers, in addition to the two machines that have completed beta sites processes with other leading customers. DragonFly IV is an additive manufacturing system for fabrication of electronic devices which deposits materials while concurrently integrating capacitors, antennas, coils, transformers, and electro-mechanical components. 

Siemens Positioned in Visionaries Quadrant of Gartner Magic Quadrant for Industrial IoT Platforms 
Published December 7 

Siemens Digital Industries Software announced it has been positioned by Gartner in the Visionaries Quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Industrial IoT platforms. Siemens is positioned as the sole vendor in the “Visionaries” Quadrant in the report on its first participation in the research. Gartner describes Visionaries in a market as the innovators that drive the market forward by responding to emerging, leading-edge customer demands and by offering new opportunities to excel. 

American Standard Circuits Utilizes Averatek Process for Medical Technology 
Published December 6 

CEO Anaya Vardya discusses the addition of the Averatek A-SAP™ to ASC’s offerings. In the news item,  Vardya explains, “Our medical electronics customers depend on us to provide them with the most reliable PCBs possible. When dealing with medical products it is not hyperbole to say that it is always a matter of life or death. With the A-SAP manufacturing process ASC can now provide our customers with ultra high-density technology, 25 micron trace and space, and improved reliability, reducing layer counts and micro via lamination cycles, ultimately simplifying the design.”



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

12/02/2022 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
Normally, the holiday season is a slow(ish) news time, but this year just feels different. My opinion is that the technology industry banked up a whole bunch of innovations and new products during the pandemic disruptions, which are coming to market as quickly as possible. The November/December news is full of technology discussion, as my selections this week clearly demonstrate.

Electronica 2022: Happy to Be Back in Munich

11/21/2022 | Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
As we stepped out of the hotel into the drizzling rain, we were relieved that it wasn’t snow. Looking down the escalator into the U2 platform in Munich’s Hauptbahnhof central station early on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 15 and observing the mass of humanity pushing and shoving to cram into trains to the exhibition centre, it appeared that a significant proportion of the international electronics industry had gathered to attend electronica 2022, co-located with SEMICON Europa and recognised as the world’s leading trade fair and conference for electronics.

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

11/11/2022 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The industry news cycle seems to be picking up speed lately. Of course, 30 days into the quarter is about when public companies announce their results, and in the midst of this worldwide financial situation, we’ve got all eyes on anything coming out from our counterparts in the industry. I’ve noticed that global corporate results (Nan Ya PCB and TTM, in particular) do seem to be on everyone’s radar. In addition to financial news, trade shows are popping back up around the world—Europe, India, and a special report from editor Andy Shaughnessy, who took his own road trip to Raleigh, reporting on PCB Carolina, which had its own heyday this year.

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