Author Archives: Mike

About Mike

Mike Buetow is editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He is also vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversees all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 20 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow

Goldman Moment

Congratulations to my old friend — as in “long-term”; I would never dare call her old — Patty Goldman, who was inducted into the IPC Hall of Fame this week (long overdue). In doing so, Patty becomes the first woman … Continue reading

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Linc’d In

I never worked directly for Linc Samelson, but it’s safe to say I wouldn’t have had a career writing about electronics design and assembly were it not for him. I certainly wouldn’t have many of my good friends. Linc passed away last … Continue reading

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Surprised, Part II

Headline: “Indian Officials Questioning Foxconn Investment Plans” Surprised? (I’m not.)

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Surprised, Part I

Headline: “IEC Swings to Q1 Profit” Surprised? (I’m not.)  

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Wooden Thinking

Were you as shocked as I was Saturday when Sparton announced CEO Cary Wood had resigned? Since he took over as president of the company in 2008 (he was named chief executive months later), the 48-year-old Wood has been a … Continue reading

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In Electronics Manufacturing, Does Cpk =1 Yield 66,800 DPM?

As Patty was walking past the Professor’s office on her way to see Pete and Rob, she decided to drop in. “Professor, I got the strangest phone call. A man claimed he had invented a machine that could create energy,” Patty … Continue reading

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In Memory of Steve Chidester

Steve Chidester was a class act. EDA software can be a cutthroat place, but good luck finding someone who would even think of saying something unkind about Steve. Known inside Cadence as “Mr. Allegro,” Steve could as well have been called Boomerang for the … Continue reading

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Is This the Future of AOI?

Engineers at MIT have designed an atomic force microscope that scans images 2,000 times faster than existing commercial models. With this new high-speed instrument, the team produced images of chemical processes taking place at the nano-scale at the rate close … Continue reading

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Users Could Find New CES ‘Wearables’ Painfully Restrictive

The early reports from CES indicate wearable devices continue to be the hot item. Among the early headliners: Samsung’s WELT wellness belt, which is really a backpack that charges phones via solar panels, among other things; Samsung’s Smart Suit, which to my … Continue reading

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The Top 10 in PCD&F

Yesterday, we reported the top 10 best-read articles published by CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY in 2015. Today we list the best-read articles from PCD&F. The list includes features that were published for the first time in calendar 2015. Rankings are based on … Continue reading

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