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


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We’re officially in show season and Managing Editor Nolan Johnson just got back from SMTA International. As he says in his review, the show drew a sizeable crowd this year. With the pandemic in the rear-view window, let’s hope our trade shows are getting back to normal.

This week, we have articles about everything from the first flexible circuit patent to the CHIPS Act, a growing PCB broker, and a look at whether manufacturers believe that we’re in a recession or not (Hint: We are officially in a recession.). 

Check back for more show coverage.

Flexible Thinking: The Chameleon of Interconnection Technologies
Published November 3

In this column, Joe Fjelstad discusses the earliest flexible circuit patent, which dates to 1903. The patent for “Improvements in, or Connected with, Electric Cables and the Joining of Same” was originally designed for the new telephone industry, but as Joe explains, flex is quite a chameleon.

American Made Advocacy: The CHIPS Act is Just the Beginning
Published November 3

As Travis Kelly explains in this column, the CHIPS and Science Act is really just the first step of a long marathon. The U.S. now only manufactures 4% of the PCBs in the world, down from 30% a few decades ago, and that number will continue to head further south unless we take some definite action, and now.

SMTAI: Like a Tesla in a Drag Race
Published November 3

Nolan Johnson spent the last few days at SMTA International, back for its second year in Minneapolis. Now that the pandemic is over, SMTAI is back, and as Nolan, reports, even the weather cooperated. If you couldn’t make it to the show, check out our video coverage of SMTAI on our Real Time with… SMTAI site.

IPC: One-Fourth of Electronics Manufacturers Believe We are in a Recession
Published November 1

It doesn’t feel like a recession. But it’s not exactly a state secret that we are in a recession, which is officially defined as two back-to-back quarters of negative GDP. We’ve had that, but as one company owner told me recently, “If this is a recession, I’ll take it.” 

Millennium Circuits on The Move
Published October 31

I recently met with Daniel Thau, CEO and founder of PCB broker Millennium Circuits. In this interview, Daniel gives us the background on this company that founded at the tender age of 21, and the company’s focus on providing complex PCBs very quickly.

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FCT: Powerful Growth in the Flex Segment

08/31/2022 | Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007
After the initial impact of the global pandemic led to a somewhat flat 2020, Carey Burkett, vice president of Flexible Circuit Technologies, explains how the company’s growth took off in 2021, positioning it well for industry trends that continue to show great promise in medical, automotive, consumer, and more. In this interview, Carey breaks down the reasons behind the company’s recent success and how R&D, and a new Zhuhai facility, have positioned them for continued growth.

Real Time with… IPC APEX EXPO 2022: Rigid-Flex Specialists

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As flexible circuit specialists growing their world-wide business, Flexible Circuit Technologies is planning to expand its workforce. Chris Clark, senior applications engineer, discusses the company’s 25% growth in the last year, as well as its new plant in Zhuhai, China, which will focus on rigid-flex circuitry. Chris just joined the company in the past year, but he has spent 31 years in the industry wearing whatever hat was required, and he lays out the company’s plans for the next year.

Real Time with… IPC APEX EXPO 2022: High-Tech Rigid-Flex Boards and More

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Jeff De Serrano, president of PCB Technologies for North America, and Editor Andy Shaughnessy discuss Jeff’s current quest to acquire a PCB fabrication facility. Just six months into his new position at PCB Technologies, Jeff explains his plans for the next few years, including the company’s focus on rigid-flex boards and their plans to invest heavily into high-tech substrates and microelectronics assembly.



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