Your Greatest Competition is Yourself

January 20, 2021 | Barry Matties, I-Connect007

It really doesn’t matter who you think your external competitors are, because the only competitor that really matters is you. Of course, you will look externally to stay on top of latest trends, but when it comes to competition, just competing with yourself is a win. When you look at yourself as your greatest competitor you will start with a huge advantage: you already have great intel on how “your competition” thinks. Ask yourself, “What can I do to displace my ‘competitor’ and create something much better?”

Book Excerpt: Thermal Management With Insulated Metal Substrates, Part 5

January 19, 2021 | Didier Mauve and Ian Mayoh, Ventec

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 5 of "The Printed Circuit Designer's Guide to... Thermal Management With Insulated Metal Substrates," written by Ventec International Group’s Didier Mauve and Ian Mayoh. In this free eBook, the authors provide PCB designers with the essential information required to understand the thermal, electrical, and mechanical characteristics of insulated metal substrate laminates.



As anticipated, it was a busy close to 2020 in Washington, and we saw resolutions on several major legislative priorities, including coronavirus recovery, spending bills, and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). IPC was able...

Defense Speak Interpreted: Your Best Friend is a Skyborg?

January 15, 2021 | Dennis Fritz, Fritz Consulting

Suddenly the term “Skyborg” is popping up in Air Force publications, and if you are an Air Force pilot, your future best friend may be a Skyborg. To understand the concept behind the term Skyborg, we need a bit of weapons...

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from customers is, “Which is better to protect my PCB: a coating or a resin?” In this month’s column, Phil Kinner demystifies why one may be more suitable for...

Continuous Improvement Featuring:

  • Your Greatest Competition is Yourself by Barry Matties p. 10
  • Focus on Smart Processes, Not Just Smart Factories Interview with Todd Brassard, Meredith LeBeau and Audra Thurston p. 12
  • 2021: The Year of X = Xc - 1 by Nolan Johnson p. 24
  • Mivatek’s New Technology and Market Drivers Interview with Brendan Hogan p. 32
  • Finding Process Improvement Opportunities in Training Interview with Leo Lambert p.40


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