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September 28, 2022 

Catching Up With John Johnson, New Director of Business Development at ASC

Dan Beaulieu, D.B. Management Group

It’s always good to catch up with old friends, especially when you can start working together. I recently spoke with my friend John Johnson, who has joined American Standard Circuits as the director of business development. At ASC, John will be using the Averatek A-SAP process that he was previously involved with. He shares some of his background and provides insight on the best ways to use this semi-additive PCB fabrication process that opens the capability window for forming trace and space.

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Knocking Down the Bone Pile: Opening a Trace on the Surface of a PCB

Bob Wettermann, BEST, Inc.

Because of PCB layout problems or required circuit modifications, at times a trace on the surface of a PCB needs to be severed. In this procedure a small section of the trace is removed, thereby forming a “break” in the circuit. In general practice, the length of this trace cut is as least as wide as the minimum conductor spacing. In most cases, a very sharp-edged knife or high-speed mill will make the cut. After cutting the areas is tested and then sealed with epoxy.

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Blackfox Offers In-Person and Online IPC Training and Certification - Blackfox facilities are open for in-person IPC Training and Certification. At Blackfox, we do not take working under current conditions lightly, and have added air purification to our facilities as well as more spacious classrooms. Blackfox can also come to your facility for on-site training and certification. If preferred, Blackfox 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.

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Smart Factory Insights: The Progress of Machine Intelligence

Michael Ford, Aegis Software

Adversity drives focus, realization, and then innovation. This is especially true in manufacturing, which has felt the effects of recent challenges. For decades, manufacturing has been overly focused on short-term business objectives, with little regard for risk and adaptability. This oversight has persisted into automation projects and digital transformation initiatives. Innovators today realize that there is no way back, that we must embrace the intelligence—the silver linings—that we must have learned.

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Looking for a new job opportunity?
Be sure to check out the Careers section in any of our monthly magazines, or visit Quality companies in the circuit board industry are looking for you!

This Month's Jobs
Electrical Engineer

Located in State College, Pennsylvania, Chemcut, a world leader in wet processing equipment for the manufacture of printed circuit boards and chemical etching of various metals, is seeking an electrical engineer...

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Technical Marketing Engineer

EMA Design Automation, a leader in product development solutions, is in search of a detail-oriented individual who can apply their knowledge of electrical design and CAD software to assist marketing in the creation of videos, training materials, blog posts, and more...

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Current SMT007 Magazine Table of Contents

Seeing the Light

Our September issue examines the wider set of challenges currently in the supply chain. Managing one’s suppliers takes extra work and attention right now, but there are methods and solutions available.  There is light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak...

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  • The Progress of Machine Intelligence by Michael Ford
  • Four Silver Linings in the Stormy Clouds of Pandemic, Supply Chain, and Inflation by Ronald C. Lasky
  • Breathing Room in Parts Supply interview with Chris Lentz and Joe Garcia
  • Axiom Inspired by Industry Challenges by Michael Schindele
  • The Critical Balance of Supply and Inventory Control interview with Foad Ghalili, Lillian Lin, Meghan Zou, and Crystal Zhang
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