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Four directors have been re-elected to the iNEMI Board plus we have added a new Director. Help us welcome Dr. Andy Mackie (Indium Corporation) as our newest Board member and congratulate Mostafa Aghazadeh (Intel), Dr. Ravi Bhatkal (MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions), Ranjan Chatterjee (Cimetrix by PDF/SOLUTIONS) and Dr. Hannes Voraberger (AT&S) on their re-election.
New iNEMI Roadmap Will Launch with Three Pilot Topics
Following our recent roadmap webinar — “The iNEMI Roadmap Refresh: from Lord of the Rings to Wikipedia” — we are now launching the next phase of the new online iNEMI Roadmap. We are running pilots for three topics — 5G/6G materials and testing, smart manufacturing and flexible hybrid electronics — targeting online publication by mid-year. Interested in shaping industry consensus on these and other topics in electronics manufacturing? Please fill out our expression-of-interest form to get involved with the next iNEMI Roadmap. Contributing to the roadmap is a great opportunity to shape the future of technologies in electronics manufacturing with the needs of the industry in mind, and participation provides a powerful means to validate your organization’s understanding of the critical application drivers and technology challenges.
We Need Your Input on Smart Manufacturing Maturity in Your Organization
The iNEMI Smart Manufacturing Technology Integration Group (TIG) is surveying our members and the electronics industry at large to help define and develop future iNEMI collaborations in smart manufacturing. Input from this survey will help us identify common areas of need where it makes sense for industry to work together to enable deployment of smart manufacturing. The survey specifically asks about stages of implementation for smart manufacturing within an organization, use of artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) for PCBA/SMT processes, use of digital twins for PCBA/SMT processes and use of digital twins for the electronics manufacturing industry.
Marco Van Oosterhout, Product Marketing Director for Kulicke & Soffa, recently talked with iNEMI about the importance of smart manufacturing solutions and encourages electronics manufacturing companies to participate in the iNEMI survey.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The big news in the industry this week was the new bill introduced to the U.S. Congress in support of the PCB manufacturing industry. The Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022, which was introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT), incentivizes “purchases of domestically produced PCBs as well as industry investments in factories, equipment, workforce training, and research and development.” The bill is a PCB-oriented complement to the semiconductor-oriented CHIPS Act of 2021.
Jeff Brandman, Aismalibar North America
Heat has been a significant concern in electronics since the beginning of the electronics age when hot glowing vacuum tubes were first used to receive and transmit data bits. The transistor and integrated circuit effectively solved that basic problem, but increases in integration resulted in increased concentration of heat, exacerbated by relentless increases in operating frequency. While improvements in electronics technology have been able to mitigate many thermal issues at chip level thanks to improved semiconductor designs devised to operate at lower voltages (thus requiring less energy) the thermal management challenge continues to vex electronic product developers.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
It’s been a crazy week, with lots of bad news coming out of Ukraine. (I’m a news junkie by trade, but I confess that some days I just unplug from the news completely to avoid overdosing on negativity.) And, as you might have guessed, this is all having ill effects on our electronics supply chain, which is already stretched thin. This is reflected in our IPC news item that shows an uptick in PCB sales in February, but a drop in bookings YOY, in part due to the trouble in Eastern Europe. But there’s positive news in this week’s top reads. We have a NextFlex article about an innovative flexible technology called flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) and a great interview by Dan Beaulieu. We also have a column by Travis Kelly, who discusses PCBAA’s efforts to lobby for American manufacturing in Washington. And last but not least, let’s welcome our two newest columnists, Paige Fiet and Hannah Nelson, who discuss their excitement about entering this industry.