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


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It’s show time! Yes, once again, the trade show season is upon us. But it’s a little bit different this year, with every industry trade show and conference relegated to virtual formats because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Virtual shows are the only game in town, and a lot of companies see them as a great opportunity. After all, with a virtual show, anyone in the world can attend and see your latest products. There are no plane tickets, hotel rooms, restaurants, or rental cars to pay for. Do you think the virtual show is here to stay, even after COVID-19 is a thing of the past, or are people getting tired of logging on to these events?

In this week’s picks, we bring you news about the upcoming SMTA International 2020, IPC’s plans for the fall, a move for Burkle North America’s headquarters, and advice on how to select the correct CAD tool. And we have the first installment of our newest series: “Just Ask John Mitchell.”

Next week, Nolan Johnson is back with his top five recommendations.

Visit Real Time with… SMTAI 2020 for Complete Show Coverage
Published September 24

SMTA International gets underway next week, with a virtual exposition scheduled for September 28–30, 2020. We started early, featuring pre-show video interviews with a variety of executives, managers, and engineers in the SMT segment. At I-Connect007, we’ll bring you complete coverage of SMTAI, so check back with Real Time with… SMTAI.

The Government Circuit: Green Regulations, the Economy, COVID-19, and ‘Decoupling’ in Focus for IPC This Fall
Published September 21

Quite a few people read Chris Mitchell’s latest column on the IPC’s plans for the fall. In this article, Mitchell explains how IPC is dealing with everything from EPA regulations and COVID-19 to Asian markets and communicating with your elected officials. Is North America going to continue to “decouple” from China? Mitchell breaks it down.

Burkle North America Announces Headquarters Move to Greensboro Technology Center
Published September 21

Do I detect a trend? One study found that approximately 1,800 businesses left California during 2016, the most recent year with available data. Now, we can add Burkle North America to that list, and who can blame them? By relocating from Cypress, California, to Greensboro, North Carolina, the company will save millions of dollars over time, allowing them to better serve their customers. And the new digs are only a short drive from Research Triangle Park. Good move.

Just Ask John Mitchell: Are IPC’s Positions Dictated by Politics?
Published September 21

After the success of our previous “Just Ask” installments that posed technology and market questions for Happy Holden, Joe Fjelstad, and Eric Camden, we knew it was time to find some “new blood.” Fortunately, IPC President and CEO Dr. John Mitchell was ready and willing to answer your questions. The first question that came in for John had to do with whether IPC’s programs are driven by politics, and in this election year, a lot of you clicked on this article.

Connect the Dots: How to Know If a CAD Tool Is Right for You
Published September 21

In this column, Sunstone Circuits’ Matt Stevenson and Bob Tise discuss some of the lesser-known criteria to consider when selecting a new CAD tool, especially the free and budget-priced tools. This duo digs in and provides tips for selecting and trying out everything from open-source design tools to layout tools provided by PCB fabricators. They also explain why open-source tools are definitely not for everyone.

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A Show Full of Opportunities

04/16/2021 | Tara Dunn, Averatek
Looking back to my notes from IPC APEX 2020, I noticed one of my comments: There were so many interesting sessions that I often found myself in the position of choosing between several that I wanted to attend in the same timeslot. This year was not any different in that regard. I am purposely glossing over the fact that I, like many of my friends, missed the camaraderie and opportunity to catch up in person while attending these technical sessions, and I look forward to being able to do that next year.

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

04/16/2021 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
I’m sure it’s just me being hyperaware, but I can’t shake it: Mars is where it’s at right now. Is it just me, or do you get the same feeling from the news? There are the Mars rovers—three generations of them still rolling, now—and a drone helicopter winding up for a maiden flight any day now. But that’s not all. There’s SpaceX’s StarShip, rapid-prototyping its way into a manned flight to Mars. And NASA’s whole “return to the Moon” project is simply a shakedown for the U.S. government contractors’ Mars flight hardware, too.

Top Five Takeaways from IPC APEX EXPO 2021

04/15/2021 | Chris Mitchell, IPC VP, Global Government Relations
IPC APEX EXPO 2021, which went all virtual this year, exemplified how the electronics industry has responded to the COVID-19 global pandemic: with resiliency, agility, and an unwavering commitment to build electronics better. APEX EXPO featured great content and robust discussions on topics of critical importance to the global electronics industry. From my vantage point leading IPC’s government relations programs, here are my top five takeaways from this year’s event.



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