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

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Just because it’s a holiday week doesn’t mean the news is slow. Okay, maybe a little bit slower than normal, but “slower” can also be the same as “fast, just less fast.” It does seem to be a journalistic tradition in late December to reflect on the year with what we call curated content, and folks like to read these reflection pieces. Come to think of it, these weekly must-read reports are exactly the same thing, though we only reflect on the last seven days, not 365.  

“But, Nolan,” you ask, “what’s your point here?” Just that our most-read content in the past week has been dominated by own curated or staff-written content. Six of the top 10 most-read pieces fall into that category, including Andy Shaughnessy’s editor's choice reads from last week; two most-read articles of 2022 submissions; and our holiday greetings note. While they may have been at the top of the list, on principle I’m not going to further promote them here. We don't need to blow our own horn here, though it is great to see so many of you reading our staff-written pieces.  

Instead, we go a bit deeper into the list looking for high-impact hard news. I mean, you’ve all read the curated stuff already, no sense rehashing that. In fact, I’ll even throw in a bonus news item just because there was some good stuff this week. Have a great New Year’s weekend.

IPC Issues December Global Sentiment of the Electronics Supply Chain Report
Published December 23, 2022

IPC’s global sentiment report, compiling data from hundreds of companies worldwide and throughout the manufacturing supply chain, is always informative, and this report is no different. The upshot: expect continued increases in labor and material costs. Read more, and access the full report, by following this link. 

Raytheon Technologies Completes First Engine Run of Regional Hybrid-Electric Flight Demonstrator
Published December 25, 2022

Personally, I’m quite comfortable with battery-fed electric motor propulsion—most of the time, that is.  The thought of an all-electric airplane, however, exposes my skepticism of battery capacity in mid-air. I know, not entirely rational, but it’s my concern and I’ll admit to it. So, this news item about petrol-saving hybrid-electric airplane engines leaves me feeling much more comfortable. Read here to see what Raytheon has been doing to develop hybrid-electric air propulsion. 

IPC Releases IPC/WHMA-A-620E, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies
Published December 26, 2022

The deep technical dive for readers this week comes in the form of Revision E to IPC/WHMA-A-620, replete with a long list of updates, reorganization, and more. IPC’s David Bergman, vice president of standards and technology, states that this new document, “sets expectation between WHMA members and their customers for…acceptable quality workmanship.” If wiring harnesses and components are your thing, this is for you. 

DesignCon Returns to Santa Clara
Published December 29, 2022

Yes, it's show time. Registration is now open for DesignCon 2023, taking place Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, at the Santa Clara Convention Center. DesignCon has continued to be a key show for electronic, electrical, and mechanical design topics. We're glad to see our industry's trade shows and conferences get back to "normal," whatever that means. Fourteen educational tracks, with 100+ sessions are on tap for attendees. We'll be covering DesignCon from start to finish, so you won't miss a thing.

Virgin Orbit Receives U.K.’s First Orbital Launch License
Published December 23, 2022

Satellite launches from the U.K.’s Spaceport Cornwall under the Start Me Up mission program? Yes. The report states that Virgin Orbit can now open the first orbital launch window in Western European history in the next few weeks. For the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority, this is a very big deal. Read more here.  

DarwinAI Brings AI-powered Visual Quality Inspection to Market; Announces Funding Round
Published December 23, 2022 

It’s this quote from Sheldon Fernandez, DarwinAI’s CEO, that makes this news pertinent for electronics manufacturing. “The global shortage of semiconductors and PCBs, exemplified by the recent CHIPS act, has given rise to circumstances that favor disruption. While we were not the first to take note of this fact, it occurred to us that no one was building a product that combined Artificial Intelligence, hardware, and software into a system that was easy to integrate into the electronics manufacturing process.” 

It seems that we’re at a tipping point with AI research and development, wherein the technology can move (and is moving) out of academia and into industry. That alone makes this item worth reading. Check it out.



Suggested Items

John W. Mitchell: Fire Your Hiring Habits

03/23/2023 | Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
On the Wednesday of IPC APEX EXPO week, IPC President and CEO Dr. John W. Mitchell stylishly delivered his keynote address, “Fire Your Hiring Habits!” to a packed ballroom full of round tables all immaculately laid for a sit-down lunch. Announced by IPC Hall-of-Famer Joe O’Neil with a Rolling Stones track in the background, Mitchell’s presentation, subtitled “Finding and keeping the best talent is fundamental to building electronics better,” offered relevant and valuable guidance on understanding human nature and how this knowledge can help you find and keep the right individuals for your organisation.

Advancing in a New Era

03/22/2023 | John W. Mitchell, IPC
What goes down must also come up. This is not the idiom we’re used to hearing, but I’d like to apply it to IPC APEX EXPO 2023. After a few years of lower attendance numbers due to the COVID pandemic, 2023 ushered in a re-invigorated group of attendees, exhibitors, speakers, event contractors, and staff to the show floor and meeting rooms. IPC APEX EXPO 2023 was fueled by the possibilities of new advances in electronics manufacturing.

A Promising Future for Automation

03/21/2023 | Christopher Bonsell, Chemcut
This year, I had the great opportunity to come to IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego as a contributing member in Chemcut’s booth. Being an exhibitor is always interesting because you never know what you will learn or who you will meet. Truly, it seems that every IPC APEX EXPO is an eye-opening experience. This was the second show I attended, and last year I was amazed to see how in-depth and interconnected the electronics industry is. Seeing how many different companies contribute to manufacturing today’s core technology never fails to impress me.

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