It’s Only Common Sense: Give the Reps a Better Deal

May 16, 2022 | Dan Beaulieu, DB Management

I am sure you have noticed how difficult it is to find good reps today when it comes to selling PCBs and PCBAs. That is not to say there are no good reps out there but rather than there are not many reps who are dying to represent our companies. Being in the rep finding and managing business for many years, I have had a front seat view of this dilemma.

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

May 13, 2022 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007

The big news in the industry this week was the new bill introduced to the U.S. Congress in support of the PCB manufacturing industry. The Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022, which was introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT), incentivizes “purchases of domestically produced PCBs as well as industry investments in factories, equipment, workforce training, and research and development.” The bill is a PCB-oriented complement to the semiconductor-oriented CHIPS Act of 2021.



The New Chapter: Prepping for an Internship? Three Tips to Shore Up Your Skills

May 9, 2022 | Hannah Nelson & Paige Fiet, IPC Student Directors

When I first logged onto my computer in summer 2021, I was beyond nervous. I had just accepted the role of corporate intern at Caterpillar Inc., where I would be working on the product service development team. As I started my...

Nolan’s Notes: Changing Expectations

May 5, 2022 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007

For our May 2022 issue of SMT007 Magazine, we wanted to learn more about the challenges for high-mix, low-volume EMS firms building high density boards, and how they’re coping with those challenges. What we learned was that the...

SMT Perspectives and Prospects: Critical Materials—A Compelling Case, Part 2

May 3, 2022 | Dr. Jennie Hwang, H-Technologies Group

When I wrote Part 1 on this topic in January, the global geopolitical landscape could be characterized as “status quo”—testy, challenging, yet absent of “war” in any region of the world. Now with...

Managing High-Mix Work on the Shop Floor Featuring:

  • Exploring High Density With Axiom interview with Rob Rowland and Kevin Bennett
  • Finding Solutions in the Quoting Process by Duane Benson 

  • The Data Format Effect on Business Costs interview with Rob Rowland and Kevin Bennett 

  • Optimize Throughput: High-Mix, Low Volume Manufacturing by Emmalee Gagnon

  • Fractional Materials and High-Mix Manufacturing by Michael Ford
  • Changing Expectations by Nolan Johnson
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