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An Inside Look at ICT's First 2010 Darlington Seminar

ICT welcomed delegates last week to the UK's Devonport Hotel for the first Darlington Seminar of 2010, which included presentations from Lamar Group, Park Electrochemical, Electronics Yorkshire and IeMRC. I-Connect007's European Editor Pete Starkey was there and gives a full report.

It's Only Common Sense: Why Forecasting?

Why forecasting? This week, Dan Beaulieu discusses a few of the hidden benefits of the process.

A View of the European Industry: A Distributor's Perspective

PCB007 European Editor Stuart Hayton has a conversation with Andre Bogedom, Managing Director at Adeon, one of Europe's leading PCB supply distributors. Find out the state of Europe's PCB manufacturing sector from an insider who has his finger on the pulse of the industry.

It's Only Common Sense: Snap Out of It!

It's time to snap out of it! The economy is coming back...are you ready?

Converting Flex from HASL to RoHS-Compliant Finishes

Although the transition from HASL to RoHS might sound easy, it isn't. Listen to Al Wasserzug as he explains a few things to consider as you make the move to a RoHS-compliant surface finish.

A New Brand and Different Direction

Maria Gonzalez of Gardien Independent Testing outlines the company's strategy for equipment sales and outsourcing services in the post-Mania era.

MacDermid Plans For the Future

MacDermid's Ian Stewart discusses how his company has expanded in the China market. He explains how MacDermid plans to take advantage of a recent change in the China market--from low-tech to more high-tech products.

BBG Introduces Greg Meindl, Midwest Sales

BBG has been making steady progress through the downturn and recently added long-time PCB pro, Greg Meindl, to manage sales in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Orbotech Strengthens LDI Offering

Orbotech President Yoav Harel believes his company has found a robust solder mask solution with its latest addition to the Paragon LDI family. Find out why in this exclusive productronica 2009 interview.

Marshall Matters: A Place at the Table

There is strength in numbers and increased industry representation will result in mutual benefit to the IPC and its members. Growing membership, and pooling resources to achieve targeted solutions, creates synergy that individual action cannot match.

Bridging the Gap Between Printed Electronics and Printed Circuits

PCB007 Columnist Bob Tarzwell speaks with Stan Farnsworth, VP of Marketing, Novacentrix, at this month's Printed Electronics USA and examines a piece of equipment that could help printed circuit fabricators step into building printed electronics.

HKPCA Mirrors Upswing in China

Anthony Hilvers, Vice President of Marketing Programs for IPC, gives a post-show wrap-up. Hilvers believes this year's successful HKPCA show is a reflection of the overall recovery in China.

Getting the UL Seal of Approval in China

With reliability being such a critical concern in electronics manufacture, it's no surprise that UL has seen an increased demand for test services. Global Business Development Manager, Truda K. Chow, talks about what her company is doing in China and how it's handling a growing customer base.

UK Embarks on Research Initiative

Professor Martin Goosey, a veteran PCB technologist, discusses a unique, government-funded research program that unites the needs of industry with the resources of academia. Will this model prove worthwhile for other PCB-producing nations that have unmet R&D needs?

Understanding Europe's Bare PCB Technical Needs

EIPC Technical Director, Michael Weinhold, covers the latest European legislative happenings, including the push toward halogen-free PCBs. Weinhold also addresses other technical concerns, along with the evolving relationship between European PCB makers and low-cost Asian fabricators.

Printed Electronics Circuits: Get on the Bandwagon

Will there be a need for the PCB quickturn and prototype fab shop in a few years if a reliable printed electronic circuit can be built in nothing more than a small corner of a plant with a screen printer, exposure, developer, oven and a drill/router? By Mike DuBois.

Touchless Transport System Offers Plating Process Innovation

After first discussing the PCB market outlook, Atotech Global Sales and Marketing Manager, Dimitry Kostouros, reveals details about his company's new Touchless Transport System (TTS)--a system that holds great promise for HDI manufacture.

Coretec Posts 20% On-Year Sales Drop in 3Q

Sales in the 2009 third quarter were $16.3 million, a decrease of $1.6 million sequentially or 9.4% as compared to sales of $ 17.9 million in Q209, and down $4.0 million or 19.9% from sales of $20.3 million in the same period of the prior year.

Weave and CAF: An Eye-Opening Discussion

Dielectric Solutions' Vice President, Technology, John Kuhn, sits down with Editor Ray Rasmussen to discuss a new glass system that promises to eliminate many of the headaches associated with traditional glass structures for laminates.

D-15 Flex Test Methods Group Update

Duane Mahnke, of DB Mahnke Consulting, heads the D-15 Flex Test Methods committee and provides updates on the group's efforts. One project under development is a thermal index test to let flex fabricators know how long flex materials will survive under elevated conditions.

PCQR2 Subcommittee Update

Designed as a benchmarking tool, the PCQR2 allows board fabricators to assess their capabilities using a common set of tests and tools. David Wolf, Vice President of Technical Marketing at Conductor Analysis Technologies, gives an overview of the committee, its mission and its goals.

The Gold Record: Crosstalk is Back!

This week's edition of The Gold Record is actually a new Crosstalk with Dan Beaulieu and new guest, Bob Tarzwell. They discuss whether or not the upturn in global economic indicators is truly having an impact on our industry. Is there really going to be a "pent-up demand" effect in electronics?

IPC Lean Sigma Conference: Strategies to Improve Quality

The event offers insight into ways to immediately implement the Lean Sigma methodology and reduce cycle times, inventory levels and costs while improving quality.

IPC Announces Environmental Compliance Conferences

The IPC (Association Interconnecting Electronics Industries) will be holding two conferences regarding compliance with the current environmental laws November 10-11, 2009, at the Marriott Hotel in Irvine, California.

Opening Eyes on Weave and CAF

Typical glass fibers can present an uneven pattern to the copper traces overlaid upon them, and that can lead to signal skew and timing errors. John Kuhn of Dielectric Solutions discusses a new, tighter fiber weave that can help eliminate "fiber weave effect" and the attendant signal integrity problems.

Inside Look: Institute of Circuit Technology Arundel Seminar

Technical Director Bill Wilkie introduced a programme of three excellent presentations on hole-plugging, high frequency materials and cost-effective panelisation, which were attentively received and which triggered some lively discussion, both in the lecture room and in the bar afterward.

The Gold Record: Printed Electronics PCBs Becoming a Reality

DMRPCB's Robert Tarzwell is a printed electronics PCB pioneer. He is now offering fabricators printed electronics "kits" that will give PCB makers a better understanding of how to manufacture printed electronics circuit boards. He's also teaming with Taiyo America, and other partners, to help push printed electronics into the mainstream. Is this technology ready?

PCB Design, Engineering Considerations for Medical Electronics Assemblies

Close collaboration between device makers and a PCB manufacturer with broad knowledge of PCB design and engineering issues can greatly improve the successful planning and production of medical electronic circuit assemblies.

It's Only Common Sense: Ten Ways to Get Sales Moving

What do you do when your bookings fall through the floor? This week, Dan Beaulieu, offers ten ways to get things moving.

Fitch: U.S. EMS Sector Credit Quality Improves

Fitch's Outlook for the sector is now "Stable" versus a "Negative Outlook" at the beginning of the year. Fitch expects moderate revenue growth over the intermediate term coupled with marginal improvement in profitability to further stabilize and improve credit metrics.

RUWEL Emerges From Insolvency

RUWEL, a PCB producer with a long tradition in Europe, has been rescued--and it couldn't have been more dramatic. The company is heading into the future with an order scope extending to the end of February and has prospects with an Asian partner.

Dow Electronic Materials Launches Silveron MF 100

Dow Electronic Materials introduces Silveron MF 100 autocatalytic silver and Aurolectroless SMT immersion gold for ASIG (autocatalytic silver immersion gold) final finish process for the PCB industry.

FLAT-WRAP: A Novel Approach to Copper Wrap Plate

Flat-Wrap Technology provides a solution to Copper Wrap Plate problems. Flat-Wrap allows for copper wrap plate without the build up of surface copper thickness. This aspect of this technology provides the benefit of producing highly reliable PCBs without sacrificing fabrication capability.

Aspocomp Reports 45% Sales Drop in 1H09

"The market remained challenging. Due to decreased net sales, the Oulu plant's result turned red. In addition, about EUR 0.2 million in one-time compensation for dismissal and provision for bad debt were booked during the period," says Sami Holopainen, President and CEO.

Bare Board Group: Third Time's the Charm

Bare Board Group, Inc. (BBG), a U.S. supplier of quality PCBs, has earned position #2278 on this year's 2009 Inc. 5000 ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States.

Camtek Posts 34% Revenue Increase in 2Q09

Camtek has announced that revenues for the second quarter of 2009 increased 34% to $12.5 million, compared to $9.3 million in the first quarter of 2009. Revenues in the second quarter last year totaled $22.7 million.

Letter re: It's Only Common Sense: Circle the Wagons

I listened with interest to your audio column "It's Only Common Sense: Circle the Wagons." It is clear to me that the many excellent activities of the IPC PCB Presidents Management Council Steering Committee and other IPC Committees are not getting the acknowledgement they deserve.

Orbotech Posts Positive Sales for PCB Equipment in 2Q09

During the second quarter of 2009, certain PCB manufacturers have reported increased fabrication plant utilization--this has had a positive effect on Orbotech's sales of PCB equipment.

It's Time to Train!

It's rough out there, but that's no reason to stop training your staff. "Now is the time to take the time to ensure that the workforce is trained and prepared for when things do improve and we start growing again," says Al Dill, President of Blackfox training institute, which provides IPC training.

Research and Markets Offers "ESD: Circuits and Devices"

Research and Markets has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd.'s new report "ESD: Circuits and Devices" to its offerings.

Are You Right, or Dead Right?

Your first technical meeting with a potential customer is not the time to explain that a design is bad or his documentation is incorrect. The customer doesn't want to hear how much you know about circuitry; he wants to assess the way you do business.

2009 HKPCA & IPC Show Offers Incentive; Close Collaboration

With a strong commitment to serving the industry, the 2009 HKPCA & IPC Show has reviewed market conditions and decided to make this year's show better cater to the needs of the electronics industry. A main initiatives is the introduction of special discounts on booth rentals to ease cost concerns of exhibitors.

Basic Impedance Fabrication Guidelines, Part 1

When we talk about signal integrity or impedance lines, there are some very basic guidelines to follow. Remember, impedance mismatches cause signal reflections, which reduce voltage and timing margins.

Proper Planning Prevents Poor Recession Performance

Nobody planned for such a dramatic recession. Sometimes, the best laid plans help a company in the worst of times. OK International CEO Mark Cowell explains how plans started before the downturn began have helped his company remain competitive.

Microvia Failures: The Pathologist's Viewpoint

Paul Reid, IST Program Coordinator with PWB Interconnect Solutions, Inc., sees his role as that of a pathologist--a specialist in examining failure modes and mechanisms, a forensic scientist conducting autopsies on defective structures to determine causes of death.

New Product Offerings to Boost Taiyo America in 2009

Dan Beaulieu sits down with Taiyo America President Dave Rund to discuss his company's outlook for 2009 and several new technologies Taiyo is introducing to the market--including a new laser-direct imaging solder mask.

Isola Grants Patent License to Sanmina-SCI Corporation

The license grants Sanmina the right to practice under U.S. Patent Nos. 5,350,621 and 5,464,658 for the terms of the patents. These patents are directed generally to laminates and PCBs that incorporate square weave fabric materials.

Endicott Interconnect Stays On Top of the Technology Curve

Mike Hills, Senior Vice President of Business Development, talks about the company's move toward strategic partnerships with their suppliers, capital equipment investment and their newest, and most significant, business venture--a recently announced PCB Fab partnership with Cartel Electronics.

It's Only Common Sense: Price is King

Price is king...or, is it? An emphasis on price has practically ruined the PCB industry--along with many others in the U.S. What happened to a focus on quality, performance, delivery and service? This week, Dan Beaulieu explores these time-sensitive questions.

EIPC Helping Members Explore New Markets

EIPC Technical Director Michael Weinhold sits down with Ray Rasmussen to discuss market conditions in Europe and how his organization is helping its members explore new market opportunities.

The Bare (Board) Truth: Dielectric Constant Mismatches

To avoid dielectric constant mismatches later on, PCB designers should consult their fabricators early in the design process to determine the specific effective Dk for each critical subsection. Mark Thompson explains how to avoid impedance and signal integrity compromises.

Industry Veterans Are at It Again

Everybody recognizes we are in the middle of an unprecedented economic storm. But how are some companies surviving--even thriving--today? In today's feature, John Peters of Cartel Electronics talks about his new venture, his partners, the market and much more.

It's Only Common Sense: Hot Marketing

Special times take special marketing. In his latest column, Dan Beaulieu offers two great tips on how to get customers to come to you.

It's Only Common Sense: Be a Great PCB Rep

Are you the best printed circuit board representative you can be? Success stories do exist in the industry--take a listen and find out these companies are making the grade.

Meet Our New Columnist: Mark Thompson

My name is Mark Thompson, and I'd like to introduce myself and tell you what I plan to cover in my new audio column, The Bare (Board) Truth, which debuts next week.

IPC: March Rigid PCB Bookings Down 40%

“Sales and orders improved in March over the first two months of the year due to seasonal effects, but year-on-year growth in rigid PCBs is still down significantly. Orders are still lagging behind sales, which suggests that sales will continue to weaken for the next quarter.”

It's Only Common Sense: How Good Are Your Sales People?

The key to success in today's economy is winning and keeping valued customers. Your company's sales team becomes the "MVP" in times like these so just how good are your sales people? This week, Dan Beaulieu gives you tips on how to make them great!

Second Thoughts: Challenging Times Challenge Convention

The current economic climate and subsequent global downturn has prompted many PCB shops to revisit how they conduct business in an attempt to find an edge--be it technical, cost, service/performance or, perhaps, even a combination of each.

It's Only Common Sense: It's Time

It's time! Time to "innovate" your way through these tough economic times; to not only survive, but thrive--coming out stronger, meaner and leaner. Dan Beaulieu believes that here has never been a better time to make your company better.

Bill Jacobi Receives IPC Hall of Fame Award

Bill Jacobi received the Raymond E. Pritchard IPC Hall of Fame Award at IPC APEX EXPO. The former CEO of William Jacobi and Associates served as chairman of IPC's Flexible Circuit Committee for 17 years.

DesignCon Best Paper: Practical Analysis of Backplane Vias

Accurate, verified models for vias in a multilayer circuit board are necessary to predict link performance in the GHz regime. This paper, which won a Best Paper Award at DesignCon 2009, describes the methodology of using measurements on a test vehicle to build a high-bandwidth, scalable model of long vias that includes the through and stub effects which can be used for system simulation. Authors are Eric Bogatin, Bogatin Enterprises; Lambert Simonovich, Nortel; and Sanjeev Gupta and Mike Resso, Agilent Technologies.

Electronics Manufacturing by Inkjet Printing

Inkjet printing is of great interest in the field of electronics manufacture because its digital nature negates the need for physical tooling.

Schmoll Asia-Pacific Embarks on New Business Strategy

Schmoll Asia-Pacific President and CEO Joe Ruff details what his company is doing to make sure it can service its customers in full force while positioning itself for whenever the market recovers.

Piergiacomi Ready to Release New Bonding Machine

Dallco Managing Director Gaetano Dall'Ora reports that Piergiacomi is preparing to unveil a new bonding machine that not only raises the bar technologically, but will dramatically reduce energy consumption.

Chinese Government Bolsters Electronics Sector with 3G Infrastructure Push

Will the Chinese government's economic stimulus plan reap benefits for our industry? Arlon Vice President of Sales Brad Foster gives his impressions of how government action has led to growth in the Chinese market. He also discusses the movement of OEM design teams into China, and how that will impact purchasing decisions in the future.

Sunstone Launches Comprehensive Parts Library With NXP, Digi-Key

PCB designers can now search the parts library, including certified footprints and schematic symbols, and order parts in real time from Digi-Key through Sunstone's PCB123 design software.

Major OEMs Outline Expectations, Challenges at APEX 2009

Intel Corporation, IBM and Hewlett-Packard Company will take the stage at the IPC APEX EXPO OEM Summit to define key issues they are facing in halogen-free materials, materials reliability and supplier quality.

Standards Development Activities at APEX Running at Full Capacity

Representatives from companies across the supply chain and around the world will tackle and debate issues in areas from printed board design, plating and acceptance to assembly and joining processes to environment, health and safety to product reliability and testing. Five weeks out, committee registrations are keeping pace with last year's record turnout.

IPC European Summit Negotiates Challenges Into Opportunities

The two-day event will kick off with a Government Relations and Regulatory Forum to discuss the proposed changes to the RoHS Directive and IPC efforts in regard to the impending changes, as well as other laws and regulations with the power to affect a company's bottom line.

Frontline: "Inside the Meltdown"

This amazing program really shows us how close we came to the complete collapse of not only the U.S. financial system, but the entire global economy.

IPC: Tax Incentives Will Aid Technology-Based Businesses

IPC is lobbying Congress to pass bonus depreciation tax incentives and research and experimentation (R&E) tax credits contained in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, also known as the economic stimulus package.

Rohm and Haas to Pursue Alternatives to Dow Acquisition

Rohm and Haas has been advised by The Dow Chemical that it does not intend to close the pending acquisition of Rohm and Haas on or before Tuesday, January 27, 2009. Rohm and Haas stated that it intends to pursue all available alternatives to protect its shareholders' interests.

Seven Substances Recommended for Inclusion in REACH Authorization List

Seven of the fifteen substances on the REACH Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) List were recommended for inclusion in a list of substances subject to authorization (Annex XIV) by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Once a substance is included, it cannot be sold on the EU market 42 to 48 months after the inclusion date, unless authorized.

TTM Technologies Announces Closure of Washington Facility

TTM Technologies today announced that it will close its Redmond, Washington facility during the first quarter of 2009 due to weakened demand for commercial PCBs. In addition to the Redmond closure, TTM is reducing headcount at other plants by approximately 140 employees.

HDI Book Chapter 1: Introduction to High-Density Interconnects

The widespread use of new electronic components employing ball-grid array (BGA), chip scale packaging (CSP) and other evolving technology form-factors means new fabrication techniques must be used to create printed circuit boards (PCBs) that will accommodate parts with extremely tight lead pitches and small geometries.
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