Nolan Johnson recently interviewed Jahr Turchan, director of Veteran Services & Advanced Manufacturing Programs for Blackfox Training Institute. They discussed some of the new programs at Blackfox, including the Veteran Advanced Manufacturing Certification program. Thanks to programs like these, this is a great time for veterans transitioning into the manufacturing workplace.

It’s Only Common Sense: Give the Reps a Better Deal

May 16, 2022 | Dan Beaulieu, DB Management

I am sure you have noticed how difficult it is to find good reps today when it comes to selling PCBs and PCBAs. That is not to say there are no good reps out there but rather than there are not many reps who are dying to represent our companies. Being in the rep finding and managing business for many years, I have had a front seat view of this dilemma.



The New Chapter: Prepping for an Internship? Three Tips to Shore Up Your Skills

May 9, 2022 | Hannah Nelson & Paige Fiet, IPC Student Directors

When I first logged onto my computer in summer 2021, I was beyond nervous. I had just accepted the role of corporate intern at Caterpillar Inc., where I would be working on the product service development team. As I started my...

Nolan’s Notes: Changing Expectations

May 5, 2022 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007

For our May 2022 issue of SMT007 Magazine, we wanted to learn more about the challenges for high-mix, low-volume EMS firms building high density boards, and how they’re coping with those challenges. What we learned was that the...

SMT Perspectives and Prospects: Critical Materials—A Compelling Case, Part 2

May 3, 2022 | Dr. Jennie Hwang, H-Technologies Group

When I wrote Part 1 on this topic in January, the global geopolitical landscape could be characterized as “status quo”—testy, challenging, yet absent of “war” in any region of the world. Now with...

Managing High-Mix Work on the Shop Floor Featuring:

  • Exploring High Density With Axiom interview with Rob Rowland and Kevin Bennett
  • Finding Solutions in the Quoting Process by Duane Benson 

  • The Data Format Effect on Business Costs interview with Rob Rowland and Kevin Bennett 

  • Optimize Throughput: High-Mix, Low Volume Manufacturing by Emmalee Gagnon

  • Fractional Materials and High-Mix Manufacturing by Michael Ford
  • Changing Expectations by Nolan Johnson
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