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January 20, 2021 

Tech 2 Tech: KYZEN’s Short Technical Sessions a Big Hit

Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007

Nolan Johnson gets an update from Tom Forsythe on KYZEN’s Tech 2 Tech sessions. These brief 15-minute sessions were set up during the pandemic by KYZEN for customers, prospects, and new engineers around cleaning, and have since found traction with their manufacturers, reps and distributors.

Nolan Johnson: Tom, you and I were just talking about how IPC APEX EXPO has gone virtual for 2021... More >

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X-Rayted Files: The Year of 2020 Vision

Bill Cardoso, Creative Electron

What else can we say about 2020 that hasn’t been said? We have so much to reflect on, both to mourn and to be thankful for. The global pandemic has made an indelible mark on us all, and we, like everyone else, are changed forever. With the year behind us, and light at the end of the tunnel, we take a moment to look back as well as look forward.

First, to all those who suffered loss, my heart is with you, truly... More >


Latest entry from I-007e Micro Webinars: Implementing Digital Twin Best Practices
Have you ever wondered what a digital twin is? Are you interested in learning ways to optimize and streamline data flow? Siemens’ Jay Gorajia teaches viewers how to leverage the digital twin concept. The goal of the series is to define a blueprint for organizations seeking to digitalize and optimize their design to manufacturing processes and manufacturing operations. Register here to view one or all of the brief, topical segments.

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Knocking Down the Bonepile: Fixing Vertical Hole Fill in Plated Holes

Bob Wettermann, BEST, Inc.

For PCBs with larger thermal mass—such as found in high layer count boards or boards with higher weight copper layers—proper and consistent hole fill can be a challenge. It is critical to make sure that these non-visible defects do not become quality escapes while also making sure the proper rework techniques are applied; to get these plated holes properly filled is important. 

There are some common board layout or design challenges which can lead to improper or inconsistent hole fill for those PCBs with high thermal mass... 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
Sales Desk & Supply Chain Manager, Leamington Spa, UK

Want to advance your career by joining a globally successful and growing world class CCL manufacturing company and help drive that success? As sales desk & supply chain manager you will work towards maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of controlling stock levels and sales interactions with the customers and ensuring that the requirement of the business for fast turn delivery of quality products is met in the most cost effective and efficient way...

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Operations Manager - Elk Grove Village IL, USA

Want to advance your career by joining a globally successful and growing world class CCL manufacturing company and help drive that success? As operations manager at Ventec USA LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ventec International Group, you will coordinate and oversee our organization's operations in Elk Grove Village, IL, and Fullerton, CA...

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A Year Unlike Any Other… Watch Our 'Year in Review' Video
Last year was full of unforeseen circumstances, but our dedication to our customers remained the priority. We started off the year at the IPC APEX exhibition and purchased a new 35,000 sq. ft. building with a full demo center. Once COVID-19 hit the U.S., we were forced to adapt a new business model - offering more remote services and customer education options. We helped efforts against the pandemic and finished strong, launching several new programs. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our loyal customers. Watch our 'Year in Review' video.

Current SMT007 Magazine Table of Contents

Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement not only can improve the targeted process, but often results in additional hidden benefits. Moreover, continuous improvement need not be a large project; numerous small improvements can snowball into large gains.

As we start the new year—what we are calling the year of continuous improvement—it’s a good time to start with the simple process improvement formula: X = Xc – 1...
Download the PDF of this magazine to your library.


  • Continuous Improvement: As Simple as X = Xc – 1 Interview with Ron Lasky
  • Your Greatest Competition is Yourself by Barry Matties
  • 2021: The Year of X = Xc – 1 by Nolan Johnson
  • 5 Keys to Smart Process Success by Steve Williams
  • The Skilled Worker by Leo Lambert

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