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

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Trade show season continues apace—when you think about it, does show season ever really stop? There are a variety of tabletop events in our industry each month, especially the SMTA Expo & Tech Forums. PCB East and IPC SummerCom take place next month, and the International Microwave Symposium is set for San Diego in June. If you can’t make it to IPC APEX EXPO or SMTA International, chances are good there’s a regional show taking place nearby.

In this week’s must-reads, we have coverage of NAMM 2023 and SMTA Atlanta, plus some tips for traditional PCB designers who are entering the RF design space, where designers have to master ideas like antenna tuning. We also have some news about March PCB sales, as well as a great conversation with Ventec’s Frank Lorentz, who explains how to set up an onboarding process that converts new hires into happy, long-term employees.

NAMM 2023: It’s All About That Bass
Published April 24

Technical editor and bassist Dan Feinberg covered the recent National Association of Music Merchants show in Anaheim, and artificial intelligence was one of the event’s highlights—or lowlights, depending upon your viewpoint, I suppose. We shouldn’t be surprised to see AI making its way into music software. Maybe AI will help composers think of new styles and rhythms that they never would have thought of otherwise. Also, check out the Ibanez e-Bass that Dan almost snagged off the show floor.

SMTA Atlanta: No Rain Delay For This Event
Published April 27

I covered the SMTA Atlanta Expo & Tech Forum this week, and despite intermittent rain, the show had pretty good attendance. Organizers said the number of pre-registered attendees was up from last year, and there was steady floor traffic throughout the day. Moving the show to the Atlanta Tech Park was great idea; it’s nice to hold a show in a small business incubator that allows you to bring in catered food.

RF Antenna Design and Layout Tips for Your PCB
Published April 26

Recent Design007 surveys ranked RF as one of the more problematic issues among our readers. We’re seeing more and more PCB designers entering the RF domain—often without much training or education on this discipline. As Cadence’s Cody Wetzel points out in this article, RF design has its own set of rules. He compares and contrasts RF design with traditional board design, and he outlines the best practices for RF design.

North American PCB Industry Sales Up 11.6 Percent in March
Published April 27

PCB sales were up 11.6 percent in March over the same period last year, and up 30.1 percent over the previous month. But bookings fell 10.5 percent YOY. Overall, the recent GDP is looking good, but the CPI has seen better days. We can’t rule out a recession in 2023, but so far, so good. 

Successful Onboarding Takes Training, Technique, and Trust
Published April 26

We know that finding, hiring, and onboarding a new employee can be an expensive endeavor, so it’s in our best interest to turn new hires into long-term staffers. In this interview, Ventec’s Frank Lorentz shares his proven onboarding techniques. He’s a logistics guy, but numbers don’t tell the whole story. When Frank onboards someone, he makes them feel like they’re part of a family. Does your company feel like a family?



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

03/10/2023 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
I try to not talk about the weather in this space, but this week I feel compelled. I’m based in the Pacific Northwest, and we’re relatively used to it being wet and rainy. But just south of us in California, the state has gone from what I read has been called the driest period in the West in the past 1,200 years to a right proper drenching. This week’s news cycle felt like one of those California-style “atmospheric rivers.” There was so much worthy reporting worthy that I was a bit overwhelmed in making my final selections. Suffice it to say that, this week, there is quite a bit of news that’s worth your time to read.

IPC APEX EXPO 2023 Special Session Sneak Peek

01/03/2023 | Julia Gumminger, IPC
The IPC APEX EXPO 2023 Technical Conference at the San Diego Convention Center will feature two hot topics—Advanced Packaging and e-Mobility/EV Automotive—in custom and curated Special Sessions on Thursday, Jan. 26. Please plan your travel accordingly to attend these exciting sessions.

ICT Christmas Seminar 2022: The Caliber of a ‘World Cup’ Event

12/13/2022 | Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
Regardless of the potential distraction of the international football match between England and Wales in the World Cup competition, an enthusiastic crowd of PCB fans gathered in Meriden UK for the Institute of Circuit Technology Christmas Seminar, an eagerly-awaited networking opportunity that included a face-to-face industry welcome event and an outstanding technical programme. Guest speakers highlighted new technology in selective solder nozzles, flexible circuits, industry cooperation, and a greener future by recycling PCBs.

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