I-Connect007 Editor's Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week


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Trade shows and technical conferences haven’t died; they’ve just moved online. The trade show season continues in virtual full force this week, and event coverage dominates the top five this week. Surprisingly, I don’t see events as this week’s theme. No, this week’s theme is “pundits.” We have Walt Custer’s industry outlook, seven experts on additive electronics, a designers conference keynote, and the IPC’s government relations expert. Don’t get me wrong: These folks are asked to speak to the industry for a good reason. They know their subject matter, and they present it skillfully. This week’s top five picks are worth reading.

An Update on Walt Custer’s EIPC Business Outlook Webinar
Published 10/12

Once again, Pete Starkey paints pictures with the agenda of a technical conference, highlighting Walt Custer’s business outlook update, with an emphasis on the European electronics industry, from the EIPC’s webinar on October 2. It wasn’t all bad news; at one point, Custer said, “It was really bleak earlier in the year. There was nothing positive that we could say in March and April. But now, business conditions are finally improving again.”

SMTA Additive Electronics TechXchange Speakers List Announced
Published 10/12

While this online, virtual conference may have already been held on October 15, it was clear that the agenda and speaker lineup caught reader attention. The TechXchange was extremely well attended. Held in San Jose in October 2109, the first Additive Electronics Conference was a success with very engaged attendees. This year’s online version showed that a technical conference could adapt well to the online format, and attendance reflected that, with almost 4X the registered attendees over last year’s conference.

Real Time with… AltiumLive 2020: Eli Hughes’ Full-Stack Hardware Engineer Keynote
Published 10/13

Though he didn’t specifically list James Burke as an influence, something tells me that Eli Hughes, co-founder of TZero and one of the AltiumLive 2020 keynote speakers, is a fan of the classic BBC-produced television series “Connections.” Hughes’ presentation, “Crossing the Chasm: The Road to Becoming a Full-Stack Hardware Engineer,” chose to highlight the gap, whereas Burke’s title concentrated on linking the knowledge, but both were after the same purpose—demonstrating that it takes cross-disciplinary thinking to truly innovate.

Electrolube Develops Plant-Based Epoxy, PU Bio Resins
Published 10/14

Electrolube has a new bio range of resins using locally sourced materials. The cost-driven incentive, led by Electrolube’s Indian and U.K. R&D teams, created a more eco-friendly plant-based isocyanate by using a local material to produce a natural oil perfect for epoxy resins.

The Government Circuit: U.S. and European Lawmakers Eyeing Changes That Would Affect Our Industry
Published 10/14

Chris Mitchell’s column tends to get a lot of reader attention. This week’s column was particularly well-read. If you haven’t caught up with it yet, his topics cover how COVID-19 is affecting the U.S. and European electronics industry, U.S. defense bills aimed at more supply chain resiliency, a pro-industrial-base COVID-19 recovery bill, and decoupling between China and the U.S.

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Market news was certainly big this week. While the U.S. stock market continues make some large swings, the PCB and PCBA are doing their own dance with the numbers. We’re still feeling the effects of the pandemic, but it seems to be more about playing catch up. Still, the industry is showing some instability, both in positive and negative ways.

Review: Institute of Circuit Technology 2022 Annual Symposium

06/15/2022 | Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
The British Motor Museum in Warwickshire, housing the world's largest collection of historic British cars, was venue for the 2022 Annual Symposium of the Institute of Circuit Technology on June 8, which attracted a substantial gathering of manufacturers and suppliers from the UK printed circuit industry. ICT chair Emma Hudson reflected upon lessons learned during the pandemic lock-down and how the industry has successfully adapted to circumstances. She commented that the UK’s PCB fabricators are extremely busy, as she introduced an outstanding conference programme including a keynote from the incomparable Happy Holden.

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06/03/2022 | Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
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