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

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I try to not talk about the weather in this space, but this week I feel compelled. I’m based in the Pacific Northwest, and we’re relatively used to it being wet and rainy. But just south of us in California, the state has gone from what I read has been called the driest period in the West in the past 1,200 years to a right proper drenching. This winter, with something like nine “atmospheric river” episodes to date, the California aquifers have gone from critically empty to suddenly trying to capture more water coming faster than the catchments can handle. California is critically waterlogged at the moment, while the surface water works its way into the aquafers.

This week’s news cycle felt like one of those California-style “atmospheric rivers.” There was so much worthy reporting worthy that I was a bit overwhelmed in making my final selections. Suffice it to say that, this week, there is quite a bit of news that’s worth your time to read. I encourage you to visit www.iconnect007.com and subscribe to our daily and weekly newsletters, and our magazines. If you’re already a subscriber, share our site with your friends and colleagues. It’s worth the time.

Hughes Circuits Earns IPC-1791, Trusted Electronic Designer, Fabricator and Assembler Requirements QML 
Published March 6

San Diego-based Hughes Circuits Inc., offers PCB layout services, PCB fabrication, predision metal fabrication, and full-service assembly. More companies like Hughes are recognizing that being validated for IPC-1791 puts them on a path for higher recognition with the DoD. “The IPC-1791 QML demonstrates Hughes Circuits Inc.’s commitment to securing a position as a trusted supply in the U.S.,” the company stated. Couldn’t agree more.

Insulectro and LCOA Install R&D Lab With Partner Kyocera in Orange County 
Published March 7

This new test and development lab is intended to assist with product design, field issue troubleshooting, design feature testing, support Design of Experiments work, and more. To this end, the equipment available in the lab is quite extensive. Get the details here.

I-Connect007 Launches New Micro Webinar Series: ‘Smarter Manufacturing Enabled with Inspection Data,’ Presented by Koh Young 
Published March 8

Koh Young topic expert Ivan Aduna examines the role inspection systems will play in the next industrial revolution. The first episode, “Smart Factory Success” is now available to view. In this 4-minute segment, viewers will discover how inspection systems and proprietary AI-based learning technologies incorporate the industry’s best True 3D measurement-based technologies. 

Meet Henry Crandall: New IPC Student Board Member 
Published March 5

As the new Student Board Member on the IPC Board of Directors, I-Connect007 talks to Henry about how he became the first PhD student in electrical engineering in his family, and how his role on the IPC Board will allow him to represent the voices of students and young professionals interested in shaping the future of both IPC and the industry. Henry is I-Connect007’s newest columnist, so look for his first column in the March 2023 issue of PCB007 Magazine, which publishes next week. Henry looks to be a strong voice in the industry.

Global Smartphone Production Fell by 15.5% YoY to 301 Million Units for 4Q22 
Published March 9

Even though smartphone production is largely contained within a few very large manufacturers worldwide, the effect of even a small change in production can ripple through our supply chain, alternately gobbling up all available raw materials, or releasing components and supplies back into the supply chain. Read TrendForce’s report summary here.


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

04/28/2023 | Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007
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IPC APEX EXPO 2023 Special Session Sneak Peek

01/03/2023 | Julia Gumminger, IPC
The IPC APEX EXPO 2023 Technical Conference at the San Diego Convention Center will feature two hot topics—Advanced Packaging and e-Mobility/EV Automotive—in custom and curated Special Sessions on Thursday, Jan. 26. Please plan your travel accordingly to attend these exciting sessions.

ICT Christmas Seminar 2022: The Caliber of a ‘World Cup’ Event

12/13/2022 | Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
Regardless of the potential distraction of the international football match between England and Wales in the World Cup competition, an enthusiastic crowd of PCB fans gathered in Meriden UK for the Institute of Circuit Technology Christmas Seminar, an eagerly-awaited networking opportunity that included a face-to-face industry welcome event and an outstanding technical programme. Guest speakers highlighted new technology in selective solder nozzles, flexible circuits, industry cooperation, and a greener future by recycling PCBs.

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