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

It’s Friday, and I’ve spent the last few days breaking in my new laptop. It’s a Mac, and it’s been a while since I’ve used one.

It occurred to me that the last time I used a Mac there was no email or internet. I was the editor of my college newspaper. I had just voted for Clinton, because that’s what you did in your twenties. We had Apple Classic II monitors with postcard-sized screens, and we were state-of-the-art in DTP.

Students submitted papers on 3.5-inch diskettes or on notebook paper, sometimes written in pencil. That’s where I learned to ride, and to do it fast. We have won awards every year. Good time.

Now I’m on a new MacBook Air, and it’s slamming fast. It’s just tight, like nothing was left to chance. After 30 years of Microsoft equipment, I’m used to computers freezing for no reason. But this Mac works as it should. What a concept!

So it’s been a good week, and a busy week in our industry as well. As we head into the weekend, enjoy a variety of recently published articles and columns. See you next time.

Institute of Circuit Technology: A New Approach to PCB Recycling
Posted on March 10

We all love our cool electronics, but we can’t keep throwing them in landfills when they wear out. Editor Pete Starkey brings us an excellent review of an ICT webinar focused on the technical and regulatory issues associated with recycling electronics. Presented at the organization’s annual meeting on March 2, this webinar featured speakers Emma Hudson, Jack Herring and Colin Martin.

Plan your design training strategy
Posted on March 9

Once you land a job as a PCB designer, you realize that you need to continue your education and training throughout your career. But where to start ? We asked Eric Bogatin to share his thoughts on implementing your lifelong design education strategy. As a college professor and signal integrity instructor, Eric has a fairly circumspect view on this subject.

IPC APEX EXPO From a Student’s Perspective
Posted on March 8

One of the highlights of IPC APEX EXPO 2022 was seeing all the young people who have recently joined our industry. One of them is Hannah Nelson, an electrical engineering student at Valparaiso University. In this article, Hannah talks about her role as the new Student Director on the IPC Board and some of her takeaways from the IPC APEX EXPO 2022.

Smart Factory Insights: Open Source CFX IIoT Hardware
Posted on March 9

IPC’s Connected Factory Exchange (CFX) standard takes manufacturing to the next level, but much of the industry still uses old “dumb” equipment. If a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, is it possible to optimize CFX with these older machines? In this column, Michael Ford discusses how CFX can really bring out the best in your not-so-new equipment and provide visibility across the entire shop.

It’s Just Common Sense: A Frictionless Future
Posted on March 7

Is impatience a good thing? This can certainly lead to positive results. In this column, Dan Beaulieu discusses our need to have everything right away, and how this impatience drives companies in our industry to do better every day. And don’t say it’s impossible. As Dan points out, “Every time someone says something is impossible, some fucking jerk comes out and does it.”


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