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February 1, 2023 

Real Time with... IPC APEX EXPO 2023: Positioning in the Market

Real Time with...IPC APEX EXPO

Mycronic’s Kevin Clue shares with guest editor Jesse Vaughan new innovations in AOI and their position in the dispensing/coating equipment market. As a leading global partner for flexible PCB assembly solutions, Mycronic continues to respond to growing customer demand for standardized software integration and state-of-the-art inspection technologies.

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SMT News & Articles
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The Government Circuit: Building Industry Resilience in 2023

Chris Mitchell, IPC

As the 118th U.S. Congress begins, we at IPC look forward to working with members of both parties to ensure the electronics manufacturing industry’s long-term success by advancing policies that increase innovation, investment, and growth. As we plan out our advocacy goals for the year, we hope you’ll remain involved with IPC. We’re looking forward to improving on our successes and, with your help, we hope to achieve even more victories for the entire electronics manufacturing industry. Read on for some of the major advocacy highlights from 2022 and a look forward to 2023.

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Blackfox: The World’s Premier IPC Training & Certification Center
Blackfox Training Institute offers training & certification in all 6 IPC certification programs covering all aspects of electronics manufacturing. Certification is available for all levels including Operator (CIS), Standards Expert (CSE) and Trainer (CIT) in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Chinese. Blackfox Master IPC Trainers have hundreds of years of combined manufacturing experience to ensure the highest level of content delivery and expertise. Experience the Blackfox difference today!

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Maggie Benson’s Journey: Fair and Square

Ronald C. Lasky, Indium Corporation

This month in the ongoing saga of Maggie Benson's Journey, Sue March and Andy Connors choose to remain in Mexico after the purchase of Castellanos Electronics to help Chuck Tower coordinate the company's transition. Using their previously drafted improvement plans, the group splits up to address the efficiency and defect-related issues they'd identified during their earlier tours of the factory. Sue teams up with Carlos to propose a solution to the company's biggest quality issue—solder joint graping—while Andy meets with the four promising candidates recommended to the process engineer training program

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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
Sales Engineer SMT North Mexico

Sales Engineer SMT North Mexico

Rehm Thermal Systems, a leading German manufacturer of reflow soldering systems with convection or condensation and drying and coating systems, has produced energy-efficient manufacturing equipment for the electronics and photovoltaics industry since 1990...

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IPC Instructor – Longmont, CO

This position is responsible for delivering effective electronics manufacturing training, including IPC certification, to adult students from the electronics manufacturing industry...

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(Solder Joint) Failure is not an Option - Learn how to eliminate failures and improve reliability with The Printed Circuit Assembler’s Guide to… Solder Defects, the latest book from The Printed Circuit Assembler’s Guide to… educational series from I-007e. Indium experts address six top defect topics, as well as how to avoid them, including (1) voiding in bottom-termination components, (2) graping, (3) head-in-pillow and non-wet opens, (4) tombstoning, (5) insufficients, and (6) solder balling and beading.Don’t wait to improve the reliability of your end-product. Download your copy now!

Current SMT007 Magazine Table of Contents

It’s All About Strategy

Conferences and trade shows are valuable resources. Now that the 2022 trade show season has closed and IPC APEX EXPO 2023 is behind us, it’s time to make a strategic plan from all the pieces of information you’ve gathered for the year ahead.

Conferences and trade shows are valuable resources...

Download the PDF of this magazine to your library.


  • The Trade Show Is Over: Now What Do You Do? by Nolan Johnson
  • Making the Most of Trade Show Leads by Barry Matties
  • Alpha Takes the Greenfield Route with Prashant Patel, Steve Smith, and Steve Ryan
  • Ten Expert Reasons to Walk a Trade Show by Dan Beaulieau
  • Koh Young: Getting Equipment In-Line and Customers Online with Mitchell Kim, Brent Fischthal, and David Nemeth
  • After the Show, Share What You’ve Learned with Kris Moyer
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