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The European Institute of Printed Circuits (EIPC) and IPC are partnering with ENVIRON UK Ltd to bring a conflict minerals workshop designed specifically for companies under pressure by pending European Union (EU) conflict minerals legislation, existing U.S. laws and human rights campaigns to declare the use and origin of conflict minerals in their products.
The workshops will provide current information on:
- EU conflict minerals legislation
- how to address customer inquiries
- best practices of leading industry companies
- impact of U.S. legislation on EU companies
The schedules are as follows:
- 2 February - Sponsored by IFTEC, to be held at ESPACE HAMELIN, Centre d'Affaires & Services, Paris, France
- 4 February - In conjunction with the EIPC Winter Conference, to be held in Hotel NH München Airport, Munich, Germany
- 6 February - Hosted by Alpha, to be held in Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom
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Andreas Lydersen, ELMATICA
As automation works its way onto the shop floors, it still struggles to replace humans in the supporting roles, such as designers, purchasers, brokers, and back-office staff. Where automation on the shop floor replaces humans in doing repetitive manual tasks, the supporting roles (at least some of them) require intelligence to understand and utilise information.
There is a lot of talk and information about automation, but I find that there is very little available on automation planning. This is one of my specialties. I started by getting a master's in EE in control theory. This went well with my B.S. in chemical engineering as I specialized in process control and IC manufacturing.
Karl Dietz, Karl Dietz Consulting LLC
The Printed Circuits Handbook has been a classic reference to the industry for many years, and the new edition will assure its place for years to come. The 7th Edition features 71 chapters, four more than the last edition, structured in 12 parts, and authored by 38 contributors—a list of accomplished authors that could double as a who’s who in the world of circuit boards.