DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program envisions future small-unit infantry forces using small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and/or small unmanned ground systems (UGSs) in swarms of 250 robots or more to accomplish diverse missions in complex urban environments.

Update on IPC’s Validation Services and Hints of What’s to Come

October 10, 2017 | Patty Goldman, I-Connect007

SMTA International is the perfect time to get updates on IPC happenings. One that I’m always curious about is the Validation Services programs. At the busy show, I managed to find a quiet spot so Randy Cherry, IPC’s director of Validation Services, could fill me in on the latest.


Punching Out! Case Study—Lessons on a Deal

October 19, 2017 | Tom Kastner, GP Ventures, Ltd.

This is a story of one of our clients, a U.S. contract manufacturer that sold a few years ago. To maintain confidentiality, the names have been changed and the details slightly...

It's Only Common Sense: Train the Youngsters and Reveal the Possibilities

September 18, 2017 | Dan Beaulieu, DB Management

There is no doubt there is a shortage of young people in our business. As we all get older, the challenge of finding young people to replace us is getting more severe. Last week in this column, we talked about finding young people in...

One World, One Industry: The Future of Electronics in the Automotive Industry

September 15, 2017 | John Mitchell, IPC--Association Connecting Electronics Industries

Automotive electronics is not a new topic. While there is a trend for both performance and luxury electronics, many of the recent conversations tend to focus on self-driving/autonomous vehicles. While the technology is exciting, it is...

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