OUR COLUMNISTS


Chris Young

Chris Young, The Goebel Company

Lighthearted (sometimes humorous) and informative view on the aerospace and defense industry.

 

Latest Column: Adventures in Engineering: Component Unavailability


Suketu Desai

Suketu Desai, Cadence Design Systems

The electromagnetic and thermal analysis of systems include semiconductor chips, packages, board, and enclosures.

Latest Column: All Systems Go! EM Analysis for Today’s System-Level Designs


Marc Carter

Marc Carter, Aeromarc LLC

This is a series of columns or articles based on a course at Michigan Tech on PCB design, manufacturing, and assembly.

Latest Column: Better to Light a Candle: Chapter 12—Light at the End of the COVID Tunnel


Barry Olney

Barry Olney, In-Circuit Design Pty. Ltd.

Barry focuses on advanced PCB design, signal integrity, and EMC design techniques.

Latest Column: Beyond Design: Dampening Plane Resonance with Termination


Matt Stevenson

Matt Stevenson, Sunstone Circuits

Matt Stevenson covers solutions to help your PCB projects succeed.

Latest Column: Connect the Dots: The Power Behind the (PCB) Throne—Power Supply Design Tips


John Talbot

John Talbot, Tramonto Circuits

John focuses on flex and rigid-flex PCB and PCBA technologies, as well as various global business, technical, and market aspects.

Latest Column: Consider This: Termination of Flex Circuits


Dana Korf

Dana Korf, Korf Consultancy LLC

Dana's columns focus on IPC-2581 as well as PCB front-end tooling, data quality, DFM processes, etc.

Latest Column: Dana on Data: Factory 4.0 NPI Compatible Industry Specification Format


Dennis Fritz

Dennis Fritz, Fritz Consulting

Dennis covers military and defense industry topics and applications.

Latest Column: Defense Speak Interpreted: Industrial Base Evaluation


Patrick Crawford

Patrick Crawford, IPC

Patrick Crawford provides updates on IPC Design activities.

Latest Column: Design Circuit: IPC-2231A—Insights from the IPC 1-14 DFX Subcommittee


Vern Solberg

Vern Solberg, Consulting

This column will focus on technical issues related to PCB and Flex circuit design, etc.

 

Latest Column: Designers Notebook: The 'New and Growing' Embedded Resistors


John Watson

John Watson, Altium

John Watson covers a variety of tips that designers need to know.

Latest Column: Elementary, Mr. Watson: Keeping Counterfeit Components Out of Your Library


Dominique Numakura

Dominique Numakura, DKN Research

Dominique Numakura offers weekly updates on the PCB industry in Japan, from M&A activity to technological breakthroughs.

Latest Column: EPTE Newsletter: Ten Years After Fukushima


Dugan Karnazes

Dugan Karnazes, Velocity Research

Dugan Karnazes is the founder and CEO of Velocity Research in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Latest Column: Figure It Out: Closing the Gap Between College and Industry with PCEA


Joe Fjelstad

Joe Fjelstad, Verdant Electronics

As author of the Flexible Circuit Technology books, Joe covers everything to do with flexible interconnections in this column.

Latest Column: Flexible Thinking: IC Package Footprints—Why So Many and How Many Is Enough?


IPC Education Foundation

IPC Education Foundation, IPC

Members from the IPC Education Foundation share updates on programs and activities.

Latest Column: Creating Industry Awareness and Access Points for Students


Team NCAB

Team NCAB , NCAB Group

A variety of field application engineers from NCAB Group's technical team explore fresh PCB concepts.

Latest Column: Fresh PCB Concepts: Does the Assembly Process Damage a PCB? (Part 1—Soldering)


Cooler Cao

Cooler Cao, Cabletree Industrial Company

Cooler proves there's more to cable assemblies than meets the eye.

Latest Column: Global Connections: Why We Need Wire


Christine Davis

Christine Davis, Zentech

Christine shares lessons learned from 20 years running her own company.

Latest Column: Her Voice: Arbitration or Root Canal?


Dan Beaulieu

Dan Beaulieu, DB Management

This weekly column is focused on helping electronics companies enhance their professional and technical image through sales and marketing, and, of course, common sense.

Latest Column: It’s Only Common Sense: I’m Late, I’m Late, For a Very Important Date


Bob Wettermann

Bob Wettermann, BEST, Inc.

Bob Wettermann looks at the challenges in rework and repair, and provides strategies in addressing them.

Latest Column: Knocking Down the Bone Pile: Solder Excavation and Rework


Marc Ladle

Marc Ladle, Viking Test Ltd.

Marc’s columns deal with various aspects of PCB production, focusing especially on troubleshooting production problems.

Latest Column: Ladle on Manufacturing: LED UV Cure—Does It Really Work?


Yair Alcobi

Yair Alcobi, Orbotech

Orbotech shares its expert knowledge on how to maximize the value of manufacturing systems.

Latest Column: Language of Electronics: Key Considerations for Your Next Direct Imaging System


Sagi Reuven

Sagi Reuven, Siemens Digital Industries Software

Sagi Reuven offers PCBA manufacturers advice on Lean manufacturing with a focus on ROI and customers' stories.

 

Latest Column: Lean Digital Thread: AI Wields Powerful Weapon in Counterfeit Components


John Coonrod

John Coonrod, Rogers Corporation

John Coonrod offers PCB designers advice on modern laminates, with a focus on high-speed substrates.

Latest Column: Lightning Speed Laminates: Using Simulation Software to Assist With PCB Design


Ronald C. Lasky

Ronald C. Lasky, Indium Corporation

Continuous improvement and education in SMT assembly.

Latest Column: Maggie Benson’s Journey: Setting the Stage for Continuous Improvement


Clive

Clive "Max" Maxfield, Clive Maxfield High-Tech Consulting

Max focuses on EDA tools, PCB design techniques, and innovative technologies of the past, present, and future.

Latest Column: Maxed Out: Component Search Engine is a Total Game Changer


Doug Sober

Doug Sober, Essex Technologies Group

Doug writes about the problems of & concerns with PCB laminate materials and their specifications.

 

Latest Column: Mr. Laminate Tells All: Is Your Laminate and Prepreg Supplier Cheating? Only One Way to Find Out


John Mitchell

John Mitchell, IPC

John will cover issues affecting the entire global electronics industry supply chain.

Latest Column: One World, One Industry: How Familiar Are You with ESG?


Alfred Macha

Alfred Macha, AMT Partners

Alfred will provide insight into topics, including process validation, operational excellence, supply chain management, quality management systems, government contracts, FDA regulations, process controls, and more.

Latest Column: Operational Excellence: Strengthen Your Design Transfer Process With Agile NPI


Tara Dunn

Tara Dunn, Averatek

When it comes to additive circuits, Tara really knows what she is talking about!

Latest Column: PCB Talk: Additive Electronics—Next Generation PCB Capabilities


Duane Benson

Duane Benson, Screaming Circuits

Duane offers tips and tricks for PCB assembly issues.

Latest Column: Powerful Prototypes: Small Computer Modules


Tom Kastner

Tom Kastner, GP Ventures, Ltd.

'Punching Out' is a series of articles on mergers and acquisitions in the PCB and assembly sectors.

Latest Column: Punching Out! 2021 COVID and Post-COVID M&A Outlook


Eric Camden

Eric Camden, Foresite

Eric addresses PCBA reliability issues and how to prevent suspect conditions in the first place.

Latest Column: Quest for Reliability: Here We Go (Virtual) Again


Istvan Novak

Istvan Novak, Samtec

Focusing on signal and power integrity issues related to PCB design and design engineering.

Latest Column: Quiet Power: Friends and Enemies in Power Distribution


Team Electrolube

Team Electrolube, Electrolube

Team Electrolube illustrates the best PCB design practices for optimizing the conformal coating process.

Latest Column: Sensible Design: Growth and Trends in the Thermal Management Market


Michael Ford

Michael Ford, Aegis Software

Michael writes about the Industrial Internet of Manufacturing (IIoT), Industry 4.0 and smart factories, and how these technologies are accelerating the electronics manufacturing industry.

Latest Column: Smart Factory Insights: Me and My Digital Twin


Dr. Jennie Hwang

Dr. Jennie Hwang, H-Technologies Group

As an internationally recognized SMT authority, Dr. Hwang offers her perspective on a range of technical and process issues.

Latest Column: SMT Perspectives and Prospects: Ebullient Trade Events Going Virtual


Ray Prasad

Ray Prasad, Ray Prasad Consulting

Ray writes about reducing costs - improving yields - and increasing reliability.

Latest Column: SMT Solver: Major Drivers for Improving Yield and Reducing Cost


Greg Smith

Greg Smith, BlueRing Stencils

A discussion of the fundamental concepts and principles in SMT stencils including the latest developments and technologies.

Latest Column: SMT Stencils 101: Root-cause Stencil Design, Part 3—Tearing Down Bridges


Team ASC

Team ASC, American Standard Circuits

The experts behind this column strive to make all facets of printed circuit board technology clear and easy to understand.

Latest Column: Standard of Excellence: Finding the Right PCB Partners


Todd Kolmodin

Todd Kolmodin, Gardien Services, USA

Todd covers a range of electrical test and reliability issues.

Latest Column: Testing Todd: A Point of Order—Do Not Just Rearrange the Pencils!


Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson, Monsoon Solutions Inc.

Mark Thompson discusses PCB design from a fabricator's viewpoint, with a focus on DFM issues.

Latest Column: The Bare (Board) Truth: Stackups—Properly Conveying Your Info to the Fabricator


Mehul Davé

Mehul Davé, Entelechy Global and Linkage Technologies

Mehul's column explores benefits for outsourcing CAM engineering.

Latest Column: The Big Picture: Globalization—Imagine a United States That Isn't United


Kelly Dack

Kelly Dack, Printed Circuit Engineering Association

This column is dedicated to providing news about PCB design classes and events, as well as helping engineers, designers, and anyone related to printed circuit design from around the globe to network and share information.

Latest Column: The Digital Layout: Back to Back Chapter Meetings and More


Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell, IPC

In this column, IPC VP of Global Government Affairs Chris Mitchell and his team provide news and views on government policies that affect the electronics industry and its supply chain.

Latest Column: The Government Circuit: Making Connections Between ‘Build Electronics Better,’ ‘Build Back Better’


Chris Ellis

Chris Ellis, Manncorp Inc.

Chris will address common problems that Manncorp customers have had with the in-house conversion process and share solutions that have worked in the past.

Latest Column: The Mannifest: Solutions for Customer Support During Social Distancing


Team Elmatica

Team Elmatica, Elmatica

The PCB Norsemen from Elmatica share their knowledge, experience, technical advice, and thoughts about the fascinating world of PCBs.

Latest Column: The PCB Norsemen: Don't Forget AABUS


George Milad

George Milad, Uyemura International Corporation

George's columns cover PCB plating, IPC specifications, and more

Latest Column: The Plating Forum: RAIG (Reduction Assisted Immersion Gold) for Gold Surface Finishes


Martyn Gaudion

Martyn Gaudion, Polar Instruments

In his column, Martyn discusses signal integrity and impedance design test.

Latest Column: The Pulse: Simulating Stackup and Signal Integrity


Steve Williams

Steve Williams, The Right Approach Consulting

A no-nonsense view of manufacturing and management strategies from one of electronic manufacturing's top authorities.

Latest Column: The Right Approach: Leadership 101—The Law of Influence


Tim Haag

Tim Haag, First Page Sage

Tim Haag discusses PCB design topics from his viewpoint as an EDA technologist and longtime board designer.

Latest Column: Tim's Takeaways: Mysteries of the Incoherent Information


Imran Valiani

Imran Valiani, RUSH PCB Inc.

Imran Valiani addresses ways to get products to market as quickly as possible.

Latest Column: Time to Market: Faster Than Ever


Michael Carano

Michael Carano, RBP Chemical Technology

A comprehensive look at plating, metallization processes and PWB fabrication techniques.

Latest Column: Trouble in Your Tank: Plating Anomalies and Defects—Part 2


Bill Cardoso

Bill Cardoso, Creative Electron

Dr. Cardoso will cover everything related to X-rays from cool historical facts to the latest in technological advancements.

Latest Column: X-Rayted Files: Crafting Our ‘Next Normal’


Zulki Khan

Zulki Khan, NexLogic Technologies, Inc.

Zulki Khan talks about new frontiers in upcoming manufacturing techniques, including challenges in the marriage of SMT and microelectronics manufacturing and the critical aspects involved.

Latest Column: Zulki’s PCB Nuggets: How Effective Is Your PCB Microelectronics Assembly?


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