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

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I’m starting to get more and more out-of-office replies. Are you reading this on your phone while standing in line at Best Buy? But if you’re reading this, here’s to you! It’s been a pretty good year—much better than last year, though that’s a fairly low bar to clear.

It’s a mixed bag this week, with news about trade shows, along with articles and interviews focusing on everything from education to methods for dealing with supply chain issues by staying flexible and taking action earlier in the process.

I won’t be writing this next week, so have a great holiday! See you on the road.

Alun Morgan's productronica Slide Show
Published December 15

You may have missed out on the recent productronica show in Munich. Does anyone know what the international travel restrictions are right now? But fear not! Our friend Alun Morgan, technology ambassador for Ventec International Group and a fantastic photographer (and guitarist) brought his gigantic camera to the show and chronicled the week’s events. As Cajun chef Justin Wilson used to say, “Y’all get your enjoy, I guarantee it.”

AltiumLive 2022 CONNECT Returns to the Global Stage as a Virtual Summit
Published December 15

The AltiumLive CONNECT conference returns as a virtual event, with the U.S. show taking place January 26-28, and the European conference slated for February 2-4. Keynotes include Dr. Eric Bogatin of the University of Colorado; Jackie Mattox, CEO of Women in Electronics; Ashley Quinlan, Global Distribution Channel and Marketing Strategy at Samtec; Dave Doherty, president of Digi-Key Electronics; Robert Feranec, founder of FEDEVEL Academy; and Chris Church, co-founder and of Macrofab. Don’t miss it!

Insulectro Passionate About Educational Programs
Published December 10

There’s a real need for design education right now, especially in regard to designing with high-speed laminates. That’s the message Insulectro’s Ken Parent, Chris Hunrath, and Michelle Walsh share with the I-Connect007 Editorial Team in this recent interview. And Walsh explains how she came into this industry via the world of carpet fibers.

Real Time with… productronica: Electrolube is Going Green
Published December 14

In this pre-productronica interview, Phil Kinner of Electrolube and Editor Pete Starkey discuss the company’s move toward more bio-friendly conformal coatings. Kinner also explains how their recent merger with MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions had helped them gain greater access into the automotive segment.

Lean Digital Thread: (Pro)curing the Supply Chain Virus
Published December 15

The supply chain has been in the news for a while now, and while the container ship traffic jams off Long Beach and Shanghai are finally starting to clear up, the supply chain is likely to be a problem for some time. In this column, Siemens’ Mark Laing explains how we can ameliorate the effects of this issue by planning in advance and using “procurement-focused DFM” strategies. Above all, as Mark says, “Flexible designs enable flexible engineering.”



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

05/13/2022 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The big news in the industry this week was the new bill introduced to the U.S. Congress in support of the PCB manufacturing industry. The Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022, which was introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT), incentivizes “purchases of domestically produced PCBs as well as industry investments in factories, equipment, workforce training, and research and development.” The bill is a PCB-oriented complement to the semiconductor-oriented CHIPS Act of 2021.

Improved Thermal Interface Materials For Cooling High-Power Electronics

03/31/2022 | Jeff Brandman, Aismalibar North America
Heat has been a significant concern in electronics since the beginning of the electronics age when hot glowing vacuum tubes were first used to receive and transmit data bits. The transistor and integrated circuit effectively solved that basic problem, but increases in integration resulted in increased concentration of heat, exacerbated by relentless increases in operating frequency. While improvements in electronics technology have been able to mitigate many thermal issues at chip level thanks to improved semiconductor designs devised to operate at lower voltages (thus requiring less energy) the thermal management challenge continues to vex electronic product developers.

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

03/25/2022 | Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
It’s been a crazy week, with lots of bad news coming out of Ukraine. (I’m a news junkie by trade, but I confess that some days I just unplug from the news completely to avoid overdosing on negativity.) And, as you might have guessed, this is all having ill effects on our electronics supply chain, which is already stretched thin. This is reflected in our IPC news item that shows an uptick in PCB sales in February, but a drop in bookings YOY, in part due to the trouble in Eastern Europe. But there’s positive news in this week’s top reads. We have a NextFlex article about an innovative flexible technology called flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) and a great interview by Dan Beaulieu. We also have a column by Travis Kelly, who discusses PCBAA’s efforts to lobby for American manufacturing in Washington. And last but not least, let’s welcome our two newest columnists, Paige Fiet and Hannah Nelson, who discuss their excitement about entering this industry.

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