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


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Updates on trade shows, conferences, and associations dominated industry news this past week. Some events are returning to a physical venue; others are opting for a virtual version in 2020. Add to that a spate of cross-association cooperative agreements and new programs for career development coming from multiple associations, and you’ve delivered four of my top five picks.

Of course, our new “Just Ask Happy” with Happy Holden project must make the list not only because it’s fun but also because it’s extremely interesting.

Next week, check the Friday edition of our Daily Newsletter for Andy Shaughnessy’s picks.

SMTA International Conference and Expo Goes Virtual
Published on June 23, 2020

For industry attendees, exhibitors, and researchers submitting papers to SMTA International, this announcement is a must-read.

Atotech to Participate in SEMICON China and CSTIC 2020
Published on June 19, 2020

As if Atotech’s news wasn’t reason enough to include in my picks, the fact that Atotech is showing at two China shows seals the deal. While we still have a ways to go, news like this points the way to a return to normal. SEMICON and CSTIC 2020 are delivering physical venue shows. Best of luck to Atotech, SEMICON, and CSTIC 2020.

New Opportunity for Managers Announced, Special Attention to ‘Emerging Managers’
Published on June 19, 2020

Management is a skill. A technical team can thrive with the careful assistance of a manager who knows how to lead, navigate the management structure when facing obstacles, and when to simply get out of their team’s way. To have IPC focus on Emerging Engineers and now Emerging Managers is big news.

IPC and Automotive Industry Action Group Enhance Partnership Agreement
Published on June 22, 2020

With industry sources projecting that over 50% of the componentry of an automobile will be electronics in the near future, automobiles and automobile design need to look at the auto in very different ways. Quoting from the press release, “IPC and AIAG agreed to work closely in the areas of thought leadership, quality and supply chain best practices, and community awareness building. Together, the industry associations will educate the automotive supply chain on compliance requirements, evaluate how IPC standards and AIAG guidelines align and impact both industries, and work together to identify training that builds on professional standards.”

Just Ask Happy: Routing BGAs With High-Speed Diff Pairs
Published on June 25, 2020

This past week, we’ve been encouraging readers to pose a PCB-related question to Happy Holden, a pioneer in high-density printed circuit fabrication techniques. Boy, did you have questions! Happy has been cheerfully compiling answers, and we’ll periodically bring his answers to the newsletter. To submit your own question for Happy Holden, take the survey by clicking here. Then, bookmark the page so you can ask Happy a question any time!

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Just Ask John Mitchell: Emerging Engineers and Managers

09/22/2020 | I-Connect007 Editorial Team
First, we asked you to send in your questions for Happy Holden, Joe Fjelstad, and Eric Camden in our “Just Ask” series. Now, it’s IPC President and CEO John Mitchell’s turn! Today, John answers this question: Does IPC have an interest in emerging managers, as well as emerging engineers?

Just Ask John Mitchell: Are IPC’s Positions Dictated by Politics?

09/21/2020 | I-Connect007 Editorial Team
First, we asked you to send in your questions for Happy Holden, Joe Fjelstad, and Eric Camden in our “Just Ask” series. Now, it’s IPC President and CEO John Mitchell’s turn! A regular PCB007 columnist, John focuses on many of the challenges affecting the global electronics industry supply chain. Over the years, he has served as an engineer, manager, and executive at a variety of companies and organizations. We hope you enjoy “Just Ask John.”

Promoting a Circular Economy in Electronics Manufacturing

09/03/2020 | Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
The sixth international Electronics Goes Green Conference was held as an online virtual. Pete Starkey provides a recap of the event, which provided insight into innovative eco-design and extended reliability from the perspective of iNEMI’s roadmap.



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