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I was happy to see Rockwell Collins’ Doug Pauls receive IPC’s Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame award at IPC APEX EXPO, well-deserved for him, and I wanted to chat with him about it. As with so many conversations at the conference this year, the talk quickly turned to inspiring interested young people in our “graying” industry. We also discussed the nature of volunteering and what we get out of it.

Trouble in Your Tank: The Desmear Defect Guide

May 16, 2017 | Michael Carano, RBP Chemical Technology

Inadequate or excessive desmear will lead to several PTH defects and failures. Resin smear, ineffective texturing of the resin, and even overly aggressive desmear will contribute to poor plating, adhesion failures and a myriad of other non-conforming defects. However, proper troubleshooting protocol dictates that the engineer also looks at drilling as the contributor to these and other defects.



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Fein-Lines: Virus, Phishing, Ransomware…Oh My!

May 25, 2017 | Dan Feinberg, FeinLine Associates, Inc.

Malware, the collective name for viruses, Trojan horses and other malicious software that can infect your computer, has been in the news lately, probably more than at any time I can remember. Over the years, malware has evolved; it...

When selling a house, the owner’s agent puts a sign in the front yard, posts info on the Web, and invites buyers over for an open house. When selling a car, we put a sign on the windshield and take out an ad with our phone...

Time marches on and change is inevitable. Here we are anticipating the consequences of a Fourth Industrial Revolution—new technologies are blurring the lines between physical, digital and biological worlds, with the potential to...

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