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January 22, 2020 

New From I-007e Micro Webinars: Part 2 in ‘Coatings Uncoated!’ Series

The I-Connect007 Team

The second part of the popular webinar series, Coatings Uncoated, is now available to view. Author of The Printed Circuit Assembler’s Guide to... Conformal Coatings for Harsh Environments and topic expert Phil Kinner from Electrolube shares highly focused educational information on conformal coating and encapsulation. If you are in the assembly business, an EMS, or responsible for specifying conformal coating and/or encapsulation, then this free series is for you... More >

SMT News & Articles
Feature Article

Charlene Gunter du Plessis, IPC Education Foundation

Since the inception of the IPC Education Foundation in January 2019, the mission remains to create connections between electronics manufacturers and supply chain companies, academia, and the emerging workforce. In this column, which will be authored by multiple authors from the IPC Education Foundation, we will share updates on programs and activities.

Plans for Engaging in 2020

In 2020, we will focus on a range of engagement activities bringing the opportunities in electronics manufacturing to light. These engagement activities include facility or industry tours, speaking opportunities, informative webinars, and attending and presenting workshops at select conferences.

Our main initiatives will be to host facility tours at industry members’ sites providing students insight into the entire electronics supply chain. IPC members such as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers, PCB fabricators, and a host of other companies along the supply chain provide students with an in-depth look at industry day-to-day activities. The goal is to prepare students by sharing advice and providing guidance about industry-related pathways so that students consider electronics manufacturing a viable career choice.


More is Possible
Explore an array of new ASYMTEK solutions for dispensing and conformal coating at IPC APEX EXPO 2020. Experience a new conformal coating line in 360° VR, discover the new Vortik® progressive cavity pumps, and see the new Forte™ Series dispensing platform. Booth 1611. Click for more info.
Latest Columns

X-Rayted Files: When SMT Lines Develop Line Conscience

Bill Cardoso, Creative Electron

In this column, I explore the history of Henry Ford's assembly line, how this may be the end of the automation era, and the future of autonomous systems, AI, machine learning, etc.

We have three amazing kids. The youngest, Chloe, has been borrowing her big brothers’ tablets to watch movies. To avoid further conflicts, Santa decided to bring Chloe a tablet. Needless to say, she was ecstatic (and so were her brothers). Chloe is three, so this was a huge step in her independence as the little woman she is.

Chloe is a very observant girl. She has seen her brothers talk to Alexa, ask questions, and command instructions. So, one of the first things Chloe asked her own Alexa was: “Alexa, play something I like.” As a 3-year-old girl, Chloe doesn’t know anything about the thousands of hours that took Amazon’s team to build Alexa’s impressive artificial intelligence (AI) engine. She also doesn’t know anything about machine learning, algorithms, or neural networks.

What surprised me with this interaction was Chloe’s ability to transcend the machine-human interface to a point where she knew Alexa would understand her enough to play something she liked. Of course, in this case, Alexa was not able to respond and asked Chloe to be more specific with her request. Think about it: a generation that’s perfectly comfortable with machines knowing what they like and dislike.

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SMT Solver: Choosing the Right Defect
Ray Prasad
Punching Out! Preparing for Life Post-transaction
Tom Kastner
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This Month's Jobs
CAM Engineer

Eagle Electronics is seeking a CAM engineer specific to the printed circuit board manufacturing industry. The candidate should have a minimum of five years of CAM experience and a minimum of two years of experience in Frontline InCAM software...

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West Software Application Engineer

This position reports directly to the Orbotech West software support manager and works with customers to support Orbotech’s pre-production software products...

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New Book Details Important Steps to Make Industry 4.0 a Reality - Bring your manufacturing practices into the digital age with The Printed Circuit Assembler’s Guide to… Advanced Manufacturing in the Digital Age. Author Oren Manor explores the most important steps to consider when building a digital manufacturing company. Industry 4.0 has the power to drive quantifiable industry change and transform how companies work, collaborate, and serve their customers. Download a free copy!

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IPC APEX EXPO 2020 Preview

Our IPC APEX EXPO preview issue! IPC APEX EXPO celebrates 20 years, which makes the event’s history a 21st-century story.

In this issue, you will find the history, the present, and the future of the electronics manufacturing industry...

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