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


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It’s Friday, and I’ve spent the last few days breaking in my new laptop. It’s a Mac, and it’s been a while since I used one of these.

It occurred to me that the last time I used a Mac, there was no email and no internet. I was editor of my college newspaper. I had just voted for Clinton, because that’s what you did in your 20s. We had Apple Classic II monitors with screens the size of a postcard, and we were on the cutting edge of desktop publishing.

Students submitted articles on 3.5” loppy disks or on notebook paper, sometimes written in pencil. That’s where I learned to edit, and to do it quickly. We won awards every year. Good times.

Now I’m on a new MacBook Air, and it’s slamming fast. It just feels tight, like nothing was left to chance. After 30 years of Microsoft equipment, I’m accustomed to computers that just freeze up for no reason. But this Mac just works the way it should. What a concept!

So, it’s been a good week, and a busy week in our industry as well. As we head into the weekend, enjoy a variety of recently published articles and columns. See you next time.

Institute of Circuit Technology: A Novel Approach to Recycling PCBs
Published March 10

We all love our cool electronic devices, but we can’t keep tossing them into landfills when they wear out. Editor Pete Starkey brings us a great review of an ICT webinar that focused on the technical and regulatory problems associated with recycling electronics. Presented during the organization’s annual meeting on March 2, this webinar featured speakers Emma Hudson, Jack Herring, and Colin Martin.

Planning Your Design Education Strategy
Published March 9

Once you land a job as a PCB designer, you realize that you need to continue your education and training throughout your career. But where do you start? We asked Eric Bogatin to share his thoughts on setting up your lifelong design education strategy. As a college professor and a signal integrity instructor, Eric has a pretty circumspect viewpoint on this topic. 

IPC APEX EXPO From a College Student’s Perspective
Published March 8

One of the highlights of IPC APEX EXPO 2022 was seeing all the young people who have recently joined our industry. One of these is Hannah Nelson, an electrical engineering major at Valparaiso University. In this article, Hannah discusses her role as the new student director on the IPC Board of Directors, and some of her takeaways from IPC APEX EXPO 2022.

Smart Factory Insights: CFX IIoT Open-Source Hardware
Published March 9

IPC’s Connected Factory Exchange standard (CFX) is taking manufacturing to the next level, but much of the industry is still using old, “dumb” equipment. If a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, can CFX become fully optimized with these older machines? In this column, Michael Ford explains how CFX can actually bring out the best in your not-so-new equipment and provide visibility across the shop floor.

It’s Only Common Sense: A Frictionless Future
Published March 7

Is impatience a good thing? It can certainly lead to some positive outcomes. In this column, Dan Beaulieu addresses our need to have everything right now, and how this impatience is driving companies in our industry to do better each day. And don’t say it can’t be done. As Dan points out, “Every time someone says that something is impossible, a damn fool goes out and does it.” 

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

06/24/2022 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
Market news was certainly big this week. While the U.S. stock market continues make some large swings, the PCB and PCBA are doing their own dance with the numbers. We’re still feeling the effects of the pandemic, but it seems to be more about playing catch up. Still, the industry is showing some instability, both in positive and negative ways.

Review: Institute of Circuit Technology 2022 Annual Symposium

06/15/2022 | Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
The British Motor Museum in Warwickshire, housing the world's largest collection of historic British cars, was venue for the 2022 Annual Symposium of the Institute of Circuit Technology on June 8, which attracted a substantial gathering of manufacturers and suppliers from the UK printed circuit industry. ICT chair Emma Hudson reflected upon lessons learned during the pandemic lock-down and how the industry has successfully adapted to circumstances. She commented that the UK’s PCB fabricators are extremely busy, as she introduced an outstanding conference programme including a keynote from the incomparable Happy Holden.

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

06/03/2022 | Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
Things are heating up in the world of PCB design and manufacturing as well. In the past week, we published quite a bit of news—some good, some not so good. Some of the news is mixed, as we see with the EMS industry shipments rising YOY in April, but falling from the previous month. It’s nice to see NASA investing in American small businesses, but they didn’t really have a choice, did they?



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