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Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) chief Jong-Chin Shen led a dozen senior Chinese officials on a visit to PCB manufacturer Unimicron Corp. on June 12 to witness the results of the implementation of intelligent manufacturing in PCB production. The tour was coordinated with the Taiwan Printed Circuit Association (TPCA). Among the officials on the tour were: Chih-Ching Yang, deputy director general of Industrial Development Bureau (IDB); Cheng-Chin Lu, director of the Information Technology Industries Division of IDB; and Ren-Dar Yang, executive vice president of the Institute of Information Industry (III).
In the meeting, Unimicron shared its experiences in intelligent manufacturing as well as their application of automation technologies in PCB production. It also made detailed explanations and on-the-spot display of automation in its production line to demonstrate that production status and production parameters can be accurately controlled, and further enhance the tracking and management of products, through intelligent manufacturing.
During the meeting, MOEA Minister Jong-Chin Shen affirmed Unimicron as the pioneer for PCB Industry 4.0. He also expects that the 5G network in the near future will help further enhance the competitiveness of the country’s PCB industry.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
This week, our five must-reads include the IPC report on the EMS industry and a report on ICs for the automotive market. Add to that Lockheed’s highest powered DoD laser yet, IPC’s APEX keynote announcement, and—for you conference and expo junkies—a calendar of upcoming industry events. I can’t help but notice that much of our news is about, well, something new. In this case, my editor’s picks for the week capture new technology, new perspectives, new ways to communicate content, and new developments that we can expect to see in our future daily life. To borrow a phrase from the TV show “Firefly,” everything is “shiny” this week. I will be at PCB West, the IPC Advanced Packaging symposium, SMTA International, and electronica. If you see me, say hello, and share something cool about the part of the industry you’re in.
Dan Beaulieu, D.B. Management Group
It’s always good to catch up with old friends, especially when you can start working together. I recently spoke with my friend John Johnson, who has joined American Standard Circuits as the director of business development. At ASC, John will be using the Averatek A-SAP process that he was previously involved with. He shares some of his background and provides insight on the best ways to use this semi-additive PCB fabrication process that opens the capability window for forming trace and space.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
It’s officially fall now, and in Atlanta the temperature has plummeted to the mid-80s. We’ve all bumped our air conditioners up to 74 degrees. That means it’s trade show season, and I’ve been busy looking for my suitcase. This week, we have an assortment of news about associations, education, and advocacy, as well as another installment of our Printed Electronics Roundtable. And if you’re looking for a job, you are in luck; our jobConnect007 section is chock-full of open positions at all levels in this industry.