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

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Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re now closer to the equinox than to the solstice; change is in the air. Where I live in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve had unseasonably mild and sunny weather, teasing us that spring might be right around the corner. 

Change is in the air in our news feeds, too. This week, we bring you on-the-grow news from NCAB and Aegis, some market reports on smart manufacturing, and a widely read column on cybersecurity from Mehul Davé. Now that’s something to warm up to. 

Smart Manufacturing Spend Climbs Over $950B in 2030 
Published February 11 

ABI Research has released a free white paper, “38 Technology Stats You Need to Know for 2022.” The headline statistic, and 37 additional market projections included in the white paper, highlight “the most impactful forecasts that illuminate the direction in which digital transformation is truly heading.” 

Four Industry Rising Stars Recognized at IPC APEX EXPO 2022
Published February 14 

“In recognition of their leadership roles and support of IPC standards, education, advocacy, and solutions to industry challenges, four of the industry’s best and brightest were presented with an IPC Rising Star Award at IPC APEX EXPO 2022. Award recipients were Tim Burke, Francisco Fourcade, Thomas Marktscheffel, and Christina Rutherford.” The great thing about our industry is there is always room for new, bright minds that move the work forward. Congratulations! 

The Big Picture: Cybersecurity—Where Remote Work Gets Really Precarious 
Published February 15 

Entelechy Global and Linkage Technologies’ Mehul Davé shares his cybersecurity experiences, starting with this nugget: “Security is not a product but a process.” If you haven’t felt the sting of a cybersecurity breach, consider yourself lucky. And then read Mehul’s column for top-notch advice on keeping yourself and your company far from the reach of hackers. 

Aegis Software: Unitron Group B.V. Chooses FactoryLogix’ MES for Medical Device Manufacturing 
Published February 17 

Unitron Group shared, “In our highly regulated industry, it became essential to streamline our engineering operations through the implementation of interactive electronic assembly documentation, as well as also providing holistic traceability, which demonstrates compliance. We found confidence in Aegis’ proven track record in the medical market and strong customer base in Europe.” The decision enables Unitron to move toward Industry 4.0 and take global healthcare to the next level. 

NCAB Group Posts 52% Net Sales Growth in 2021 
Published February 17 

From NCAB CEO Peter Kruk, “We can look back on another strong quarter with substantial growth in sales and improved profitability compared with the previous year. We are pleased with the high demand and organic growth and that order intake is clearly exceeding net sales, which will support continued growth” He continued, “In addition to our organic growth, which is derived from all different industries and regions, we also noted a robust performance from our acquisitions.”

All eyes are on Europe, and NCAB is one good reason why. To read more about what’s happening in Europe, I encourage you to read our January issue of PCB007 Magazine, where we focus on the resurgence of the electronics industry there and what that means for companies in the United States.


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Review: Institute of Circuit Technology 2022 Annual Symposium

06/15/2022 | Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
The British Motor Museum in Warwickshire, housing the world's largest collection of historic British cars, was venue for the 2022 Annual Symposium of the Institute of Circuit Technology on June 8, which attracted a substantial gathering of manufacturers and suppliers from the UK printed circuit industry. ICT chair Emma Hudson reflected upon lessons learned during the pandemic lock-down and how the industry has successfully adapted to circumstances. She commented that the UK’s PCB fabricators are extremely busy, as she introduced an outstanding conference programme including a keynote from the incomparable Happy Holden.

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

05/20/2022 | Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007
This week, we bring you an article about manufacturing training for veterans, and a review of a great signal integrity webinar. IPC honors its A-Teams with the coveted Golden Gnome Awards, and Technica discusses various ways for fabricators to increase ROI. Dan Beaulieu has a review of a really cool book: Back to Human—How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation. In spite of all the meetings on Teams and Zoom, it’s easy to feel disconnected. But great leaders find a way to foster that connectivity.

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.

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