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This was the first time IPC had a virtual APEX EXPO. It went well, but I missed seeing everyone. On the other hand, all this material being available for 90 days certainly allows it to fit anyone’s schedule. I spent all week intently listening to the presentations.
Unfortunately, a virtual conference does not allow you to chat in the aisles, visit old friends during breaks, or have a Starbucks together. So, a successful virtual conference is difficult to compare to a live in-person conference.
To help you take full advantage of the 90-day on-demand availability, I’ve included summary information for a portion of the program. This is not an exhaustive list, as I had not yet been able to watch them all by the time this went to press.
Managers Forum: Managing Challenges in Periods of Transition
The show kicked off with a greeting from IPC President and CEO John Mitchell, followed by Gene Weiner, Hall of Fame council program chair. Gene was his usual “cheery” self as he introduced IPC VP of Global Government Relations Chris Mitchell, who spoke on “Seizing the Moment.”
To read this entire article, which appeared in the 2021 edition of Show & Tell Magazine, click here.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
It certainly seems that our times continue to be interesting, don’t they? Just how many different flavors of supply chain disruption can we come up with? Investment on the supply side needs to increase, but the size of the labor force needs to increase even more, if we want to accomplish the task of the buildout itself, let alone running the facilities properly.
Barry Matties, I-Connect007
Today’s students grow up immersed in a world of technology, yet how many of them actually see themselves taking on careers that advance this science? Since many of the jobs for our future workforce haven’t even been created yet, what can be done to encourage students toward STEM careers? In this interview, Barry Matties speaks with Adrienne Collins, director of programs at FIRST Washington, about the success of a student robotics program that fosters innovation, builds problem solving skills, and cultivates a concept that most of us have never heard of—gracious professionalism. When you see the interplay of these skills in action, you are blown away. There’s a bright future ahead.
Happy Holden, I-Connect007
The IPC APEX EXPO 2021 Technical Program features a tract on the “Factory of the Future Implementation,” March 10-11. As part of that program, IPC has made available a free presentation and video from the Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC), a CFX Program member. In this presentation, Barry Maybank along with Naim Kapadia, MTC technology manager, explains the background of the MTC, one of seven high-value-manufacturing technology catapult centers established in the UK.