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July 17, 2024 

Standard of Excellence: It Starts With Company Culture

Anaya Vardya, American Standard Circuits

We spend a great deal of time on our equipment, processes, qualifications, and specifications, and we do a pretty good job at what we do. But we often miss the boat when talking about company culture—what could be the most important aspect of a great company. With the right company culture, we can accomplish anything. In fact, the level at which we run our equipment, processes, and so forth rests significantly on our company culture.

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Book Excerpt: The Printed Circuit Assembler’s Guide to... Factory Analytics, Chapter 2

I-Connect007 Editorial Team

In this chapter, we’ll focus on the most important analytics at the forefront of SMT, from the solder paste machine to placement machines, and breakdown these metrics from the perspectives of the different decision makers involved in the process. The lead SMT shift manager isn’t going to have the same concerns as a quality manager, so it’s important to look at how each machine and operation contains valuable KPIs for each role.

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Getting Clear About Certification With Charlie Capers

I-Connect007 Editorial Team

Walk through the entrance at Zentech Dallas and you’ll see a wall of certification plaques prominently displayed. Beyond being impressive and a point of pride, these certifications tell a story to potential customers: This company is ready to do business. Charlie Capers, former vice president and general manager, shares his insights on quantifying the ROI of certifications. You may not see it on paper, but it’s definitely there. He also talks about his expectations for new hires and shares a case study about the importance of collaborating with your PCB designers.

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Sustainability and Workforce Topics Dominate Day 2 of SEMICON West 

Marcy LaRont, PCB007 Magazine

Sustainability and the workforce were prolific themes for the second day of SEMICON West on July 10 in San Francisco. Sustainability kicked off with keynote speaker Al Gore, the former U.S. vice president and arguably America’s most passionate environmental advocate for nearly 50 years. He once again outlined the serious environmental issues and timelines we are facing and emphasized the importance of the industry’s commitment to sustainability initiatives.

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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!

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Are you making the most of your inspection data? - For companies looking to succeed in Industry 4.0—and even beyond, as we drive toward manufacturing autonomy—you will need solutions that can combine domain expertise in optical inspection (vision and software) with the ability to connect to larger systems and contribute to process improvement utilizing tools like artificial intelligence. Readers of The Printed Circuit Assembler’s Guide to SMT Inspection: Today, Tomorrow and Beyond will learn how data-driven analytics can be used to overcome production challenges and enable a smarter factory. Download this latest book in the peer-reviewed I-007eBook series.

Current SMT007 Magazine Table of Contents


In the EMS industry, most certifications are administered within the industry, either internally within the company or through a third-party organization. This issue of SMT007 Magazine tackles the topic by examining the value of certification, where to get certified, and why it matters for both the employer and the employee...
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  • The Importance of a Certification and Training Program with Revco Products
  • Getting Clear About Certifications With Charlie Capers
  • The Value of Industry Certifications by Mike Konrad
  • Certificate vs. Certification: Achieving Your Organization’s Goals by Carlos Plaza
  • Justin Worden: Success Through Knowledge

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