I was happy to see Rockwell Collins’ Doug Pauls receive IPC’s Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame award at IPC APEX EXPO, well-deserved for him, and I wanted to chat with him about it. As with so many conversations at the conference this year, the talk quickly turned to inspiring interested young people in our “graying” industry. We also discussed the nature of volunteering and what we get out of it.

Trouble in Your Tank: The Desmear Defect Guide

May 16, 2017 | Michael Carano, RBP Chemical Technology

Inadequate or excessive desmear will lead to several PTH defects and failures. Resin smear, ineffective texturing of the resin, and even overly aggressive desmear will contribute to poor plating, adhesion failures and a myriad of other non-conforming defects. However, proper troubleshooting protocol dictates that the engineer also looks at drilling as the contributor to these and other defects.


Time marches on and change is inevitable. Here we are anticipating the consequences of a Fourth Industrial Revolution—new technologies are blurring the lines between physical, digital and biological worlds, with the potential to...

EPTE Newsletter: BIOMEDevice Boston 2017

May 18, 2017 | Dominique Numakura, DKN Research

A two-day trade show was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on May 3, 2017. The exhibition featured the following events: MD&M Event, PLASTEC NEW ENGLAND, Design & Manufacturing NEW ENGLAND and Embedded System...

Increasingly, we hear about the challenges of finding and hiring good people in our industry. We are being hit on all sides; much of our work force is aging out while young people don’t seem to be too interested in joining the...

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