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Let´s face facts: Who would ever think of listening to an opinion about the PCB industry coming from someone in Brazil?
In 2011, when I first came to the U.S. for a training session at an electrical test company, I heard things like, “Brazil is bigger than Texas? WOW!” and “Brazil is almost the same size as the U.S.?” and even this: “Are there cockroaches the size of my hand in Brazil?” People were also very curious about the location of places like Rio de Janeiro and the Amazon rain forest.
It wasn’t any better when I went to a PCB show in Suzhou, China, two years ago. The Chinese people I talked with said they had never heard of Brazil.
Brazil is the fifth-largest country and the fifth most-populated nation in the world, with approximately 205 million inhabitants. The country ranks among the top 10 richest countries in the world, but its future is not so clear.
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Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the March 2016 issue of The PCB Magazine.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
Gerry Partida explains, "The industry is at a new point in evolving how we look at building boards. Our industry has historically built boards and then tried to find a test for them. Then, when they found a test for it, they figured out that it needed to be analyzed before they built the board. We did this with electrical test. We built boards and down the road, as people started asking, “Why am I buying bad boards? We should electrically test them,” electrical test was introduced, reluctantly, into the test part of manufacturing printed circuit boards by suppliers or fabricators. Then they embraced it. But when we started testing boards, we did comparison tests."
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
Andy Shaughnessy speaks with Roland Valentini, Gardien Group COO, about the company’s new OnTrack2 ERP and process management software. He explains how OnTrack2 is purpose-built for customers around the world and why it’s much more than a replacement for OnTrack1, which was being stretched beyond its original intent.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
We asked for you to send in your questions for IPC President and CEO John Mitchell, and you took us up on it! We know you all enjoyed reading these questions and answers, so we’ve compiled all of them into one article for easy reference. We hope you enjoy having another bite at the apple. And if you’d like to hear more from John Mitchell, view his column series “One World, One Industry.”