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I spent some time with my friend and former colleague Renee Michalkiewicz, vice president and general manager at NTS Baltimore, formerly Trace Laboratories. I was interested in Renee’s views on IPC and the Technical Activities Executive Council, of which she is currently the chairman, a position I held some years ago.
Patty Goldman: Hi Renee. It’s good to see you again. Please fill me in on you and your company.
Renee Michalkiewicz: William McGinley, one of the founders of our previous parent company, Methode Electronics, was one of the original IPC founding members more than 50 years ago and was the first recipient of the IPC Hall of Fame award. When he started Trace Laboratories in 1980, there was no question that we would continue this IPC involvement. George Smith, another Hall of Famer, became president of Trace and was part of the small group that wrote the original IPC-TM-650 [test methods] document.
In February of this year we joined National Technical Systems and are now part of the largest test lab in the United States. Our Baltimore lab specializes in root cause failure analysis and electronics and materials testing. NTS as a whole is the leading independent provider of environmental simulation testing, inspection, and certification in the United States. It was really nice to join a lab that’s so large with such expansive capabilities. We’ve really enjoyed the acquisition; it’s been a great learning experience so far.
Read the full interview here.
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the December 2015 issue of The PCB Magazine.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
Next week, we’ll be in San Diego. In fact, I fly down tomorrow morning to start preparations, along with most of the I-Connect007 team. The weather forecast says to expect sunny, with the occasional cloud, all week, with daytime temperatures around 70 degrees. That’ll be nice, as I’m sure COVID-related social distancing guidelines will encourage us to socialize outside as much as is feasible.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
In this interview, Charlie Capers of Zentech breaks down the changing requirements he’s seeing in test and inspection in the industry, and the growing importance of investing in testing for the future growth and success of your company. According to Capers, "When you collect statistics on defects, you will start to see a trend that says, for example, we’ve got a lot of shorts and opens, meaning that our solder paste process is not tight. If you’re collecting statistics and really studying them, you will see trends in your processes."
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
Gardien Vice President Todd Kolmodin talks about test and inspection market drivers from his perspective as a test service provider. Andy Shaughnessy and Happy Holden go down the “microvia rabbit hole” with Todd, as well as explore how OEM design requirements are driving test and inspection functionality and processes. When board layer counts and feature densities force longer test times, the tradeoffs to profitability for manufacturers become time and accuracy. Minimizing time while maximizing accuracy calls for new methods, which Kolmodin explains.