The New Chapter: Let’s Make Manufacturing ‘Cool’ Again

October 5, 2022 | Hannah Nelson & Paige Fiet, IPC Student Directors

Computer science has become the new “cool.” Today’s students were groomed to want jobs in tech at big companies with happy hours, big paychecks, and high status. They were taught that they could design anything their heart desired from behind a computer screen without a second thought for the person who had to manufacture it. Let’s face it, manufacturing just isn’t sexy. It’s dirty, manual, and for electronics, has a history of low margins. The pipeline into the field is broken. What was once a self-sufficient stream has dropped to a pitiful trickle. But it doesn't have to stay that way. Paige Fiet lays out the problem behind the board.

Maggie Benson's Journey: Solving for 'X'

October 5, 2022 | Ronald C. Lasky, Indium Corporation

Indium Corporation’s Ron Lasky continues this series of columns about Maggie Benson, a fictional character, to demonstrate continuous improvement and education in SMT assembly. In this episode, Maggie's employees Andy and Sue continue to quiz one another as they prep to teach the company's SMT 101 workshop. Their discussions include some of the basic math and assembly concepts that are needed in today's shops.



As president and CEO of the global electronics industry association, I have many opportunities to visit electronics manufacturing companies worldwide. Recently, while in India, I had the pleasure of attending Integrated Electronics...

Knocking Down the Bone Pile: Opening a Trace on the Surface of a PCB

September 28, 2022 | Bob Wettermann, BEST, Inc.

Because of PCB layout problems or required circuit modifications, at times a trace on the surface of a PCB needs to be severed. In this procedure a small section of the trace is removed, thereby forming a “break” in the...

Smart Factory Insights: The Progress of Machine Intelligence

September 27, 2022 | Michael Ford, Aegis Software

Adversity drives focus, realization, and then innovation. This is especially true in manufacturing, which has felt the effects of recent challenges. For decades, manufacturing has been overly focused on short-term business objectives,...

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