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July 18, 2024 

Fresh PCB Concepts: Understanding Your Export-controlled PCBs

Jeff Beauchamp, NCAB Group

There’s a lot of confusion in the industry about how to handle and manage export-controlled PCBs. Navigating this landscape can be daunting, but understanding the key regulations and restrictions is crucial for compliance and efficient production. With U.S. factories reaching capacity in many areas, many people don’t realize they can export PCBs controlled by Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and in many cases, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). They should be aware there is rigorous compliance in place and that the U.S. government sanctions these exports.

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Flexible Thinking: Mechatronics in a Flex World

Joe Fjelstad, Verdant Electronics

Mechatronics integrates two seemingly disparate engineering disciplines—mechanics and electronics—into a single subject. From my experience, the two disciplines are not the most compatible roommates because they are often at cross-purposes when implemented together. Interestingly, having been manufacturing, inventing, and writing about flexible circuits for more than four decades, I recognized that they actually fit perfectly.

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Sharpen Your PCB Designer Skills in 2024
The all new 2024 class schedule is here for the most in demand IPC/PCB Designer Certification online or in person! Now you have the opportunity to access and obtain the industry’s leading PCB certifications from the safety and comfort of your home or office. Choose from a number of convenient dates or schedule a dedicated online class for your firm. Powered by the Folks at EPTAC. Learn more now.

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A Great Recipe: Collaboration, Motivation, and Design Classes

Andy Shaughnessy, Design007

John Watson, CID, is a professor at Palomar College near San Diego. John teaches a basic PCB design class and an advanced class, and graduates from these classes are ready for their first PCB design job. These appear to be the only classes of their kind in the U.S., and as more designers retire, the demand for classes like this will continue to rise. I recently spoke with John and one of his students, Mehdi Kacem, a junior embedded systems engineer intern at Avempace in Tunisia. In this interview, Mehdi explains how his desire to collaborate and his motivation to succeed helped him get the most out of John’s courses.

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Global Citizenship: Bringing Two Cultures Together in PCB Manufacturing

Tom Yang, CEE PCB

Welcome to my new column. My name is Tom Yang, and I am the CEO of CEE PCB, a family-owned global printed circuit board business. I was actually educated in California, earning my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance at Cal State. After graduating, I worked in investment banking for a while, then came to work at CEE, where I have been ever since.

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Current Design007 Magazine Table of Contents


What does mechatronics have to do with PCB design? More and more PCB design jobs require that applicants have some experience in mechatronics. Gone are the days of ECAD and MCAD experts operating in separate silos, and mechatronics is playing a key role in bridging the gaps between these silos...
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  • The Need for Cross-disciplined PCB Designers, with John Watson
  • Exploring the Interdisciplinary World of Mechatronics, with Dylan Nguyen
  • Keys to Successful ECAD-MCAD Collaboration, by Stephen Chavez
  • PCB Design and IPC-CFX for Assembly Automation, by Vern Solberg
  • Mechatronics in a Flex World, by Joe Fjelstad

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