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August 12, 2020 

Foundations of the Future: Interview With Michael Carano on Mentorship

Charlene Gunter du Plessis, IPC Education Foundation

In every industry, mentorship enriches and enhances career development. Mentors are experts willing to help by recommending and creating learning opportunities, transferring knowledge and skills, and sharing real-life lessons with their mentees. It can take time to build a valuable mentorship relationship... More >

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Coping With COVID-19: Niche Electronics’ Frank Bowman

Dan Beaulieu, D.B. Management Group

We have been in various stages of lockdown since early March. Many companies were forced to shut down while others were deemed essential and allowed, or even required, to remain open. During this time, I have spoken with a number of company leaders about how they are managing in these difficult times.

At first, I asked out of concern and curiosity. But when I realized that each of the companies had its own story, I decided to do a series of short interviews on how companies are managing during this pandemic... More >


APCT, one of the largest privately held PCB manufacturers in North America,
is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, with 2 manufacturing sites in So. California and 1 in Wallingford, CT. Technologies include standard through-hole; advanced HDI work; and flex/rigid-flex. Certifications support commercial and military work, including IPC 6012 Class 3 & 3A, AS9100D, MIL-55110 & MIL-PRF-31032. We are set to manufacture prototype to mid-production work, with full-scale production handled offshore through APCT Global. Corporate wide cycle times are consistently faster than industry standards. Learn more.

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Quest for Reliability: Reliability Reboot

Eric Camden, Foresite

Hey, how about this global pandemic? Wild stuff. I am going to attempt to find a silver lining among the many dark clouds, and I am willfully overlooking the health issues and focusing on electronics with this month’s installment. This makes sense, as I am not a medical doctor, but I have diagnosed more than a few ailing electronic assembly processes. 

A few months ago, we started seeing delays in shipments from many of our offshore partners as they had to do the right thing and close their facilities for the greater good... More >


Blackfox Offers In-Person and Online IPC Training and Certification - Blackfox has opened its facilities to in-person IPC Training and Certification with a thorough and documented safety plan for all. At Blackfox, we do not take working under these conditions lightly, and have made many changes to mitigate the risk of exposure in our facilities. If preferred, Blackfox also continues to offer online IPC training and certification in either English or Spanish from the comfort of your home or office. Click for more info.

This Month's Jobs
Multiple Positions Available

MivaTek Global: We Are Growing!

MivaTek Global is adding sales, technical support and application engineers.

Join a team that brings new imaging technologies to circuit fabrication and microelectronics...

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Quality Engineer

Quality engineer with supervisory responsibilities, reporting to operations manager at Indium Corporation, European Operations. Candidate should be based within one-hour travel distance of Milton Keynes, U...

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More Job Opportunities


DBMG connects great people with great jobs. “After working in the industry for over 30 years, I didn’t think I would need to reach out to a recruiter to find a new position. But on the recommendation of a close friend, I contacted Dan and we discussed my objectives. I sent him my resume and within a few days I was in contact with a potential employer discussing a position I would never have discovered on my own. I could not be happier with how it has all worked out.” - TJ May, Flexible Circuit Technologies. Find great people. Find a great job. Contact DBMG Now.

Current SMT007 Magazine Table of Contents

Inventory Management

If inventory management is still mostly a manual procedure on your shop floor, then there’s an opportunity to reduce labor, increase efficiencies, and improve profit margins. We take stock of the industry protocols, blockchain solutions, and new inventory management hardware and software...

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