The SEL Supply Line: An Introduction

October 2, 2023 | Barry Matties, I-Connect007

During my recent tour of SEL’s new $100 million PCB factory in Moscow, Idaho, I spoke with Engineering Director John Hendrickson specifically about the partnerships they formed with the many equipment suppliers it took to build a new factory. I wanted to know when he’s choosing a supplier in a critical aspect, what is he looking for?

It’s Only Common Sense: What the Heck Is Going On With Sales?

October 2, 2023 | Dan Beaulieu, It's Only Common Sense

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a column about how to manage a slowdown in sales. Since then, many of you have called me and said that things are still not getting better, so I’m happy to talk about this issue again. In my previous column, I listed some things you could do to improve your situation. Please go back and read it. But with so many still in a quagmire, I have gone back to the proverbial drawing board to come up with some new ideas and suggestions.


Trouble in Your Tank: Processes to Support IC Substrates and Advanced Packaging, Part 4

September 28, 2023 | Michael Carano, Trouble in Your Tank

In a previous column, the critical process of desmear and its necessity to ensure a clean copper surface connection was presented. Now, my discussion will focus on obtaining a void-free and tightly adherent copper plating deposit on...

The Chemical Connection: Don’t Just Blame the Etcher

September 25, 2023 | Don Ball, The Chemical Connection

If your HDI or UHDI production process is quality challenged, don’t assume your etcher is to blame. Many factors impact the quality of the final product, so assess broadly, and you may find that the “the devil is in the...

Nolan's Notes: Convergence

September 19, 2023 | Nolan Johnson, Nolan's Notes

When I stop to consider the dynamics in our industry at this moment, I keep coming back to the idea of “convergence.” Aspects of our industry historically thought of as distinct and separate are blurring the lines and overlapping....

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