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The Tehnici de Interconectare in Electronica (Interconnection Techniques for Electronics) PCB design conference takes place April 20-23 in Suceava, Romania. Joe Fjelstad, founder of Verdant Electronics, will give the keynote speech titled, “An Overview of Electronic Manufacturing Technology Evolution and Trends.” The keynote will kick off the awards ceremony on the evening of April 22.
The event brings together the leaders of Romania’s academia and the electronics industry, culminating in a PCB design contest for college students. Thirteen universities will send three PCB designers each to TIE. The students will spend four days in PCB design workshops and compete in a design contest known as “The Olympic Games for PCB Designers.” Winners are awarded a “PCB Designer Certificate of Competence.”
The TIE conference was founded by Dr. Paul Svasta, a professor of electrical and electronic manufacturing at Politehnica University of Bucharest – CETTI. This year marks the 25th TIE conference.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
There’s designing the “perfect” circuit board and then there’s designing a board that is “perfect for manufacturing.” While seasoned designers and design engineers understand many of the nuances, PCB fabricator Sunstone Circuits has just published a new book specifically for new designers who have the knowledge of design but are still learning what it means to get the board manufactured. Sunstone’s Matt Stevenson takes the reader through a series of situations that should help clarify what’s happening in the fabrication process and how to adjust a board design to be better suited for manufacturing.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
What is design with manufacturing and what does true DWM look like in operation? In this interview, I-Connect007 columnist Dana Korf explains what it will take to achieve total communication among all the stakeholders in the PCB development cycle. He also stresses the need for everyone involved in PCB design and manufacturing to stop making assumptions, even at the risk of being labeled as “that guy” who asks too many questions.
Kyle Burk, KBJ Engineering
As mentioned in the May issue of Design007 Magazine, design is performed, at times, in a vacuum. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Whenever circumstances allow, design should be performed by communicating with all stakeholders throughout the design process, hence the emphasis on the word with in DWM. Communication can occur through personal correspondence such as email and voice conversations or through more formal design meetings—in person or through videoconferencing. No matter which means of communication you prefer, it’s important to communicate early and often with stakeholders involved in the downstream processes as you bring your project to realization.