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‘Follow the Money’

Although all the presentations and keynote speakers at the Electronic System Technologies Conference in Las Vegas in May were of value, interesting and well-presented to those who attended the various tracks, several caught my attention as being especially worthy of further … Continue reading

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Another National Treasure Lost?

The April 26 news in the Cedar Rapids Gazette announcing the impending closure of Rockwell Collins’ 49-year-old printed circuit operations should be spotlighted nationally for several reasons. It cites declining profits and business as the reason for the decision. It follows by just … Continue reading

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RoHS, Six Years After

Folks, I was at IPC Apex Expo the other week.  San Diego is a great venue for the show, but I always forget how cold it can be (55°-65°F) this time of year. While at the show, I was interviewed … Continue reading

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Unplugged

Another federal energy investment has gone South — no, make that West. Lithium ion batteries have been in the news again following Boeing’s highly publicized Dreamliner battery difficulties. China’s Wanxiang Group has received clearance from the US Committee on Foreign … Continue reading

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In Their Element

One of the truly fun diversions of the electronics manufacturing community has been the ongoing Friday Element Quiz on the IPC TechNet email listserv. For nearly two years, a few clues have been posited to the TechNet members each week, … Continue reading

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Public Data

I was pleasantly surprised this morning to receive a note from IPC indicating a change to its data collection methods. In an announcement touting its new market research subscription series, IPC said it would use aggregate company data along with … Continue reading

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Foxconn Moves Intriguing

There is a lot of speculation regarding Apple’s stated intent to build a manufacturing site in the US. This is not a major move. Only 200 jobs will be created. I cannot help but wonder if this is related to … Continue reading

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Associations in Agreement

Taiwan’s Vice President Wu (tallest man, center of photo) welcomed visitors and took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the TPCA Show held in conjunction with the IMPACT 2012 event in Taipei. Second from the right is IPC CEO and … Continue reading

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SMTAI-IPC Midwest Pact a Long Time Coming

John Mitchell is putting his money where his mouth is. As the new IPC president, installed just this spring, had made clear in multiple conversations we’ve had, he takes adding value for customers seriously, and he looks for ways various … Continue reading

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Passively Annoying

Passive components can be kind of offensive sometimes. I can understand them in analog circuits or charge pumps. But the fact that we need to put them all over our digital logic is just rude. Technically, I understand why they … Continue reading

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