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Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries and its Designers Council report that the inaugural 2003 IPC Designers Council Summit successfully accomplished its goal of strengthening the design and manufacturing links of the printed circuit board (PCB) supply chain.
The conference took place March 22 through 27 in Long Beach, Calif., in conjunction with IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2003.
More than 220 PCB designers assembled in Long Beach to participate in the abundant activities that the all-new summit provided. CAD experts from Mentor Graphics taught designers several ways to influence design elements, without sacrificing performance to reduce costs through three interactive hands-on workshops.
The off-site applied training courses, which were held at TTM Technologies Inc., and Pro-Tech Inc., focused on Design for Manufacture and covered design parameters and future design philosophies. Attendees were able to directly examine the processes, observe the chemistries and handle the end product through a series of lectures, a panel discussion and two facility tours. Post-show feedback reported that this segment was well received, with 94 percent of respondents stating their plans to attend future off-site applied training sessions.
All facets of the Designers Council Summit, from the technical conference's design track to the two keynote addresses, were so successful that IPC plans to hold the second annual Designers Council Summit in 2004 at the co-located IPC Printed Circuits Expo and IPC SMEMA Council's APEX exhibition and conference in Anaheim, Calif.
The IPC Designers Council is a professional society of designers forming an international network. For more information, visit dc.ipc.org.IPC is a trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its more than 2,300 member companies, which represent all facets of the electronic interconnection industry, including design, printed circuit board manufacturing and electronics assembly. For more information, visit www.ipc.org.