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

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In industry news this week, recovery is on everyone’s mind. And that influenced my picks this week for the five stories you should not miss. In this week’s selections, you’ll find industry roadmaps and market reports, a new manufacturing facility, and an IPC Task Group focused on the future. While there’s bad to go with the good in the news this week, it seems we’re done hunkering down.

This week’s five items were sourced from all of I-Connect007’s various news sources and publications, including Design007, PCB007, SMT007, The Daily Newsletter, and our weekly newsletters for SMT007, Design007, and MilAero007. Next week, Andy Shaughnessy will be making his selections.


Walt Custer’s EIPC Business Outlook Webinar: ‘You Can’t Sugarcoat This Stuff!’ 

by Pete Starkey
Published June 11, 2020

In lieu of a traditional EIPC summer conference kicked off with a market briefing by Walt Custer, the 2020 event was instead held virtually. Pete Starkey, I-Connect007 technical editor, attended and captured the essence of the presentation to share with I-Connect007 readers. Custer’s information is always insightful, and this time is no exception. This was an easy choice for this week’s list.

The iNEMI 2019 Roadmap: Optoelectronics 

by Pete Starkey
Published June 9, 2020

iNEMI is currently engaged in a series of industry briefings on its 2019 Roadmap, outlining the upcoming goals and needs in the electronics manufacturing space. I-Connect007 technical editor Pete Starkey attended the briefing (held as a webinar) and reported on the session here. 

For industry strategists, Pete’s report is recommended reading.

Benchmark Unveils New Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Phoenix 

Published June 8, 2020

How does an electronics manufacturing company open a brand-new facility during COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing? Benchmark did just that by hosting a virtual grand opening celebration for its new Phoenix, Arizona, facility.

Elmatica CEO to Serve as Vice-Chair for New IPC Cybersecurity Task Group 

Published June 10, 2020

Didrik Bech is not only CEO at Elmatica but also an I-Connect007 columnist. Now, Bech has been appointed vice-chair for the new IPC Cybersecurity Task Group. Bech brings many years of technical experience and involvement in IPC standards work to his new role on the Task Group.

Standard of Excellence: A Great Partnership Is a Two-Way Street 

by Anaya Vardya
Published June 8, 2020

In this “Standard of Excellence” column, Anaya Vardya asked, “Are you a good and true partner to your PCB vendors?” This question seemed to strike a chord with readers in the first 24 hours. Given the interest in the subject, this column had to make this week’s list.



Suggested Items

Top Five Takeaways from IPC APEX EXPO 2021

04/15/2021 | Chris Mitchell, IPC VP, Global Government Relations
IPC APEX EXPO 2021, which went all virtual this year, exemplified how the electronics industry has responded to the COVID-19 global pandemic: with resiliency, agility, and an unwavering commitment to build electronics better. APEX EXPO featured great content and robust discussions on topics of critical importance to the global electronics industry. From my vantage point leading IPC’s government relations programs, here are my top five takeaways from this year’s event.

Highlights on a Rousing Virtual IPC APEX EXPO 2021

04/14/2021 | Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
What a week that was! I didn’t get to endure the 11-hour flight each way, neither did I need my comfy old shoes, but it certainly was a marathon event. And real-time-plus-six-hours gave me a few late nights, but it was such a meaningful experience, and well worth the effort!

IPC Supporting Newcomers in the Industry: Notes from IPC APEX EXPO 2021

04/01/2021 | Marc Carter, Aeromarc
With the wrap-up of IPC APEX EXPO 2021, it was extremely gratifying to note the emphasis placed on getting young people involved to combat the “graying out” knowledge losses facing our industry. A part of that emphasis was reflected in the award ceremony on Tuesday, March 9, which featured some people you may have seen mentioned in my “Better to Light a Candle” columns.

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