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LPKF Laser & Electronics, a GSA contractor and the biggest supplier of PCB prototyping equipment to the US government, has announced it will be demonstrating its inhouse rapid PCB prototyping equipment at the Space Tech 2018 Exhibition, which takes place May 22-24 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California.
The ProtoMat S63 is a desktop prototyping system designed to help microwave engineers make PCB prototypes in minutes or hours, instead of waiting for a design to come back from the board house weeks later. The system’s high-speed spindle can produce structures as small as 100 µm. Other features of the ProtoMat S63 include automatic tool change (15 tools), automatic milling width adjustment, optical fiducial recognition (camera), and an optional vacuum table.
Established in 1976, LPKF Laser & Electronics manufactures milling machines and laser systems used in circuit board and microelectronics fabrication. LPKF’s worldwide headquarters is located in Hannover, Germany and its North American headquarters resides near Portland, Oregon.
For more information on LPKF’s latest PCB prototyping solutions, stop by booth #3011 to see a live demo at the 2018 Space Tech Expo, click here.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
ICT technical director Bill Wilkie is well-known for choosing notable venues for Institute of Circuit Technology events, and his choice for this year’s Annual Symposium was the National Motor Museum, located in the village of Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest, a national park in the county of Hampshire in Southern England. The region is known for its heathland, forest trails and native ponies.
Patty Goldman, I-Connect007
Every year IPC recognizes two companies that have made significant contributions to IPC and the electronics industry. These awards are named after industry executives who were themselves significant and outstanding contributors: one for a PCB fabricator company and one for an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company. This year’s recipients were Northrop Grumman and Rockwell Collins, respectively.
Gene Weiner, Weiner International Inc.
Hold on to your seats! 2018 will be a year full of rapid changes, surprises, and growth. M&A activities will flourish. The supply chain will suffer shortages and changes as demand increases, copycats will rush to market, and new markets and potential suppliers will vanish before they are established.