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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

Automakers ‘Dashing’ for 3d Party Platforms

The fight for the dashboard is heating up as reports surfaced this week that two major automakers will ditch their current embedded software systems in favor of alternatives from Google and Apple. Ford, which has dabbled with Apple’s CarPlay for two … Continue reading

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Talking About the AirAsia Crash Report

A great discussion of the final report of last year’s AirAsia crash is taking place on the IPC TechNet listserv this week. Investigators say solder fatigue on the plane’s rudder control warning system precipitated the disaster. To register, send an email using the following format: … Continue reading

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The Rule of 3/N for Estimating Field Failure Rates

Folks, It looks like Patty is a bit troubled…. When she was younger, Patty was always annoyed by cranky old people, and now she was worrying that she might become one. The trigger making her cranky was what students know … Continue reading

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IPC’s New PAC

Although it has maintained a presence in Washington for two decades, IPC long has resisted calls to join the ranks of other trade groups (and some of its own members) by forming a political action committee. Apparently lobbying works. IPC announced … Continue reading

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Robots on the Move

As mentioned in our last post, robots were a huge part of Productronica this year. Check out some of the video footage at the CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY YouTube channel.  

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Robots on Parade at Productronica

Robots are the rage this year at Productronica. While German companies are talking up Industry 4.0 (also known as the somewhat misnamed smart factory), the more significant development we’ve seen has to do with the variety and number of robots … Continue reading

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The New Verticals

Chasing the vertical OEMs is not a new strategy in EDA. But it is becoming that much more widespread as the major players extend their reach from automotive (long the domain of Mentor Graphics) to other sectors. Semiconductor design companies … Continue reading

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Post-Leever, Who Will Pull Platform’s Levers?

Not sure whom Platform Specialty Products has in mind to replace Dan Leever, but it’s not going to be an easy gig. Leever is a second-generation PCB guy whose father, Harold, was MacDermid’s first R&D chemist and eventually led a group … Continue reading

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Solder Defects Causes and Cures Webinar

If you missed the SMTA International preshow webinar supported by CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY you can view it online here. Printing solder paste or other conductive material requires zero defects printing if a high first-pass yield is to be achieved when using fine-pitch … Continue reading

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Foxconn Labor Strategy Emblematic of China’s Growing Influence

A pair of University of Padua researchers have written a really interesting comparison of Foxconn’s management practices in Turkey and the Czech Republic versus those in China. Among the findings: Foxconn relies heavily on a temporary work staff in the CR, … Continue reading

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