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September 17, 2021 

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

Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007

“Life is not a popularity contest,” they said. “Do something well, excel at it, and, in due course, people will recognize you for it.” They weren’t wrong. In the end, it does seem to work out that way in life. I ponder this because I have a high school reunion to attend tomorrow. My graduating class was 675 strong, a large class by most U... More >

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Circuit Chronicles: What Is a General Manager?

Kim O'Neil, Prototron Circuits

Editor's note: In this new column, industry veteran Kim O’Neil discusses what it’s like being a general manager of a small domestic PCB shop. From facilities to manning issues, from cash flow to material shortages, Kim candidly discusses the daily challenges of running an American PCB fabricator... More >


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Elementary, Mr. Watson: The Danger of Rogue Libraries

John Watson, Altium

When we think of a library, the first thing that comes to mind is a building that holds materials of some kind. In April 1800, when the seat of the government moved from Philadelphia to Washington, one of the first acts of President Monroe was to allocate $5,000 to purchase books for Congress to use... More >

Maggie Benson's Journey: Making Progress on Uptime

Ronald C. Lasky, Indium Corporation

Editor’s note: Indium Corporation’s Ron Lasky continues this series of columns about Maggie Benson, a fictional character, to demonstrate continuous improvement and education in SMT assembly.

Maggie was entering the main engineering building of Ivy University to see her mentor, Professor Patty Coleman... More >


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