Real Time With... IPC APEX EXPO 2011
Video Index

Here is a listing of all the videos from this show. Click on a thumbnail or video title to view a video.
PCB
AT&S, Mark Beesley

AT&S Offering Advanced PCB Technologies in USA
Mark Beesley, Director of Advanced Packaging with AT&S, explains to Pete Starkey the advanced PCB technologies which AT&S are bringing to the North American market, then gets a surprise from Stuart Hayton.
All Flex, Dave Becker

All Flex Rolls Out Origami Flex Program
Dave Becker, Director of Sales & Marketing at All Flex shares his impressions of the APEX show and describes a new program to help customers better understand the value of flex circuit technology.
B de B Consulting , Bernard Bismuth

Europe: Ready for Change
The European PCB industry continues to struggle as OEMs move more and more work to Asia. Bernard Bismuth discusses some of the issues facing the industry and some of the solutions which might help the industry survive.
Bare Board Group, Greg Papandrew

BBG Announces PCB Take-Out, Launches Book
BBG's Greg Papandrew has launched their new campaign called "PCB Take-Out" which makes offshore sourcing easy as take-out. He also discusses his newly launched book entitled "Printed Circuit Board Basics for Dummies" which is based from the "Printed Circuit Board Basics" -- but taken to a whole new level. Purchase your copy here: http://www.bareboard.com/pcbbasics
Bay Area Circuits, Inc., Stephen Garcia

A Rising Tide of Success for this PCB Fabricator
Bay Area Circuits' Vice President of Operations, Stephen Garcia, meets with Guest Editor Kelly Dack to explain a few success strategies for his company. Garcia says his company's growth can be attributed to almost 90% referrals, a testament to the quality they offer. He also reveals the purchase of a Seica S240 tester -- the first in North America.
Burkle North America, David Howard & Grant Christiansen

Processes and Machinery Matched by Burkle
David Howard, Vice President of Burkle North America, shares some of Burkle's process technology and introduces Grant Christiansen, Product Manager of Schmoll-Maschinen, who is happy to describe one of their showcased drilling machines.
C.A. Picard, Gary Weidner

Visper Bridges the Gap in Bare Board Inspection
C.A. Picard's Gary Weidner explains to Editor Pete Starkey how an intelligent final inspection machine with Gerber reference can pick up bare board faults commonly overlooked by human inspectors in this interview from the APEX show floor.
CPCA, Kevin Yan (Mandarin)

CPCA Visits IPC APEX EXPO in Vegas
This year the CPCA group joined the opening ceremony of IPC APEX EXPO 2011. The CPCA has sent 18 people to attend this event. Their VP Kevin Yan says the Chinese industry is looking forward to more cooperation with the IPC and worldwide industry in general. The next 5 years for China is forecast to be very good.
Caledon Controls Ltd, Mike DuBois

Coming to America: Bringing PE to the Industry
Mike Dubois updates Editor Ray Rasmussen on his company's efforts to bring printed electronics technologies into the PCB industry in North America, including a PEC process developed by Bob Tarzwell. Caledon Controls is a 25-year-old Canadian distributor of PCB materials, supplies and equipment.
Camtek, Jason Rollo

Camtek: Developments in Inkjet Solder Mask
Camtek is exhibiting the company's digital inkjet printer for solder mask at APEX, and General Manager Jason Rollo details to Editor Pete Starkey the characteristics of the system and its benefits to the quick-turn PCB fabricator.
Chemcut, Kirk Lauver

Chemcut Further Expands 2300 Series Systems
Chemcut Corporation's Technical Marketing Specialist J. Kirk Lauver explains that the company is further expanding its 2300 series of processing systems, with systems now available with 20in and 30in models. He also notes that Chemcut does a tremendous amount of reconfiguring of machines according to customer requirements to help them adapt easily to the equipment.
Christopher Associates, Matthew Holzmann

News From Christopher
Matt Holzmann talks about new additions coming to Christopher Associates -- including new key personnel and a number of exciting product offerings.
Custer Consulting Group, Walt Custer

Walt Custer's Market Outlook
The disaster in Japan has thrown the entire industry into turmoil and made forecasting growth for PCBs and Assemblies a bit problematic. Walt Custer provides his perspective on the very fluid market dynamics.
Dupont, Glenn Oliver

New Low-Dk, High Speed Flex Material
EIPC's Michael Weinhold and Dupont's Glenn Oliver discuss Glenn's APEX paper, which covers Dupont's new low-Dk, high-speed flex material. Dupont combined two existing Dupont materials (Kapton and Teflon) to create this new material. Glenn explains how this can make the designer's job easier.
ETEC, Marissa Oskarsen

Market Overview with Marissa Oskarsen
As a PCB distributor, Marissa Oskarsen has to watch market developments in the US and Asia closely. She sits down with Editor Andy Shaughnessy to share her thoughts on board-buying trends here and abroad, and the state of HDI.
Electra, Shaun Tibbals

A Rainbow of Solder Masks
Shaun Tibbals of Electra discusses the company's variety of solder mask offerings for various applications; specifically, the LED-formulated whites and blacks that eliminate light refraction.
Everett Charles, Randy Crockett

Everett Charles' Manufacturing Software Solution
Randy Crockett, a software engineer at Everett Charles, highlights the unique capabilities and advantages of ProWorks software, which can help make anyone a proficient assembler of complex systems.
Excellon, Bailey Su | Robert Lang

Excellon's Latest Laser Technology
Bob Lang and Bailey Su of Excellon talk about the company's new product lines. Bob Lang discusses their newest laser technology, and Bailey Su explains the benefits of working at an employee-owned company.
Flexible Circuit Tech., Mark Finstad & Minco, Mark Verbrugge

Flex Circuit Workshop Gurus Roundtable
Flex circuit industry veterans, columnists and educators Mark Finstad of Flexible Circuit Technologies and Mark Verbrugge of Minco share their thoughts on flex circuit technology and current and future directions.
Frontline PCB, Ben Quarles

On the Front-End
Ben Quarles of Frontline PCB explains new technologies for Orbotech and what Frontline is doing as far as front-end tools. Quarles tells Guest Editor Mark Thompson that their company has planning and pre-engineering systems with various aspects gleaned from Genesis.
Gardien Independent Testing, Alex Fung and Adam Yin

Testing: East Meets West
Alex Fung, Technical Director for Gardien Independent Testing introduces Gardien's AOI manager. He also talks about the paper that he presented at APEX, which deals with merging automated optical inspection with other forms of inspection.
IPS, Mike Brask

Tech Talk With IPS President Mike Brask
IPS President Mike Brask explains to Pete Starkey the special features of the HCM, a 1 meter/minute alkaline etching machine. He also reviews the extensive range of IPS equipment for PCB processing and chemical milling.
Imagineering, Inc., Khurrum Dhanji

Upload Data: Receive a Quote and More!
Vice President of Imagineering, Khurrum Dhanji, describes how his company is meeting customer needs by enhancing their on-line quote engine to handle total turn-key solutions. Imagineering hopes to cure your procurement migraines.
JLP Consultants, LLC, Lee Parker, Ph. D.

New Copper Adhesion Test Methodology
Lee Parker of JLP Consultants discusses a new methodology for measuring the adhesion of copper to the surface of a printed circuit board.
KuperTek, Brendan Hogan & Zero Defects Int'l,  Michaela Brody

MIVA Technologies Enters US Market
Brendan Hogan of KuperTek, the company that markets of MIVA Technologies' products, talks with Guest Editor Mark Thompson about their product lines and their edge over other direct imaging companies. Michaela Brody of Zero Defects Int'l mentions that they've sold some machines at APEX's pre-show.
Maskless Lithography, Bill Elder

Maskless Lithography Leaves a 'Global Footprint'
Last year, they were the exciting newcomers at IPC APEX EXPO. Bill Elder, president and CEO of Maskless Lithography, explains how the company has gone from meeting in the Mandalay Bay coffee shop last year to exhibiting their latest digital imaging technology as part of its "global footprint" strategy.
Maskless Lithography, Dan Meisburger Ph.D.

Digital Imaging With Micro-Mirror Technology
Maskless Lithography founder and CTO Dan Meisburger explains to Editor Pete Starkey the principles of operation and capacities of digital imaging systems with micro-mirror technology.
Maskless Lithography, Ed Carignan

Imaging System Lowers Total Cost of Ownership
Ed Carignan, Chief Operating Officer of Maskless Lithography, discusses the company's Direct Imaging System, which enables customers to do direct imaging on any kind of photoresist, allowing more flexibility in terms of substrates and dry films that they use. He also highlights the company's gray level imaging technology, which brings the semiconductor manufacturing technology into the PCB industry.
MicroCraft, Adelino (Lino) Sousa

IPC APEX EXPO Passes the Test According to MicroCraft
Adelino (Lino) Sousa offers an on-the-floor perspective of MicroCraft's show presence, and a pulse of this successful company overall.
Minco, Nick Koop

Update With IPC Flex Committee Co-Chair
Nick Koop of Minco discusses the IPC flex committee activities and provides an update on activities at his company.
MuTracx, Stuart Hayton

A Fresh Look At Primary Imaging
Stuart Hayton brings Pete Starkey up to date on developments in applications of ink-jet printing of inner-layer etch resist.
Multilayer Technology, Naren Tarpara

Investment For Success
Naren Tarpara, Executive Vice President of Multilyer Technology, explains to Stuart Hayton how the Texas-based fab shop has achieved sustained profitable growth, even in the lean times.
OEM Press Systems, John Copp & Mary Quinlan

OEM Press Systems on the Technical Edge
John Copp and Mary Quinlan of OEM Press Systems explain the company's latest technological updates, as well as what the firm does to support its customers.
Ohmega, Daniel Brandler

Ohmega Focuses on "Absolute Reliability"
Daniel Brandler, Technical Director of Ohmega, discusses with Guest Editor Mark Thompson his take on new concerns on embedded components reliability. He also talks about their well-received white paper published for EIPC and the revamp of their Web site to focus on "absolute reliability."
P.D. Circuits, Dan Spencer and Andy D'agostino

Adding Value to The PCB Procurement Model
Dan Spencer, Regional Sales Manager, and Andy D'Agostino discuss P.D. Circuit's business model with Guest editor Kelly Dack. What is the difference between a broker and a value added supplier like P.D. Circuits? Hands-on control of the product every step of the way, facilitated by their unique relationship with their many strategic supplier partners.
PWB Inc., Bill Birch

Cyclic Testing for the Next Generation
Bill Birch is President of PWB Inc. and inventor of the cyclic test for PCBs. He sits down with guest editor Mark Thompson to discuss the results of a recent two-year study he helped conduct for HDPUG (the High Density Packaging Users Group), which tested 27 new materials being offered to the circuit board industry.
Prototron Circuits, Russ Adams | Deborah Laing

Prototron on Track for Growth
Russ Adams, Western Region Sales Manager for Prototron Circuits, talks about his company's 25% growth for the first quarter of the year compared to last year, their record sales in March and how they are on-track to see it happen again this month. He also discusses the company's workforce expansion, in particular at its Tucson plant, which, together with their Redmond facility, are already ISO certified and ITAR registered.
RENA Hollmuller, David Wimmergren

RENA Hollmuller Prepared for the Future
David Wimmergren of Rena Hollmuller discusses Rena's acquisition of Hollmuller, and what the company is doing to support customers, in the US and abroad.
Rogers Corp., Greg Bull

What's in the Box?
Greg Bull of Rogers Corporation opens the box to reveal the New Product Innovation Award presented to Rogers for the company's RT/Duroid 6035HTC High Frequency laminate.
Saturn Electronics Corp, Yash Sutariya

Simplifying Thermal Management
Yash Sutariya highlights Saturn's new online thermal resistance calculator that cools the complexity of dealing with complex physics. The calculator is currently available on the Saturn Web site: http://www.saturnelectronics.com/thermal_led_calculator.htm
Seica Inc, David Sigillo

Seica's Quick Test Takes an Award
David Sigillo, general manager of Seica Inc., talks about the award his company won at APEX for its Quick Test product. This isn't the first time Seica has taken home an award at APEX.
Semblant & Nordson, Steven Lowder | Peter Biehuis

New Partnership Enables Game-Changing Product
CEO Steven Lowder of Semblant and President Peter Bierhuis of Nordson March talk about their companies' new partnership, which introduces a potentially game-changing final finish for PCBs.
Semblant, Steven Lowder

New Plasma Technology From Semblant
Steven Lowder discusses Semblant's new plasma technology. This new surface finish is actually a hybrid polymer that can be soldered through. He believes this is one of the most important developments since SMT technology.
Semblant, Tim Von Werne PhD

Revolutionary Solderable Finish for PCBs
Semblant's Chief Technology Officer, Tim von Werne, introduces the Semblant Plasma Finish for PCBs, and explains to Editor Pete Starkey its characteristics and benefits over established metallic and organic solderable finishes.
Sun Chemical, Tony Searle

A Sun Chemical Gathering
Guest Editor Kelly Dack gathers the Sun Chemical crew in their booth and receives an impromptu visit from Yash Sutariya of Saturn Electronics Corporation.
Taconic, Sam Paltikan

Not Your Father's Dielectrics - Anymore!
Guest Editor Kelly Dack visits the Taconic booth at APEX. He learns about Taconic's line of problem-solving advanced dielectrics from Technical Sales Manager Sam Paltikian and Field Technical Manager Oliver Zhu.
Taiyo America, John Fix and Brian Wojtkiewicz

White Solder Mask For LED Apps
John Fix and Brian Wojtkiewicz of Taiyo America sit down with Editor Mark Thompson to discuss, among other things, Taiyo's new LED-specific Super-White solder mask.
Technica USA,  Frank Medina & Hakuto Co, Ltd., Noriaki Tomioka

The Future of Digital Imaging
Frank Medina, CEO of Technica USA, and Noriaki Tomioka, Director & Senior VP of Hakuto Co., discuss the transition to digital imaging in both the North American and Asian markets. They tell guest editor Mark Thompson that this transition is made easier due to new technologies such as the new Maskless Lithography units.
Vulcan Flex Circuit Corporation & DDI, Al Wasserzug & Raj Kumar

IPC's DOD Roadmapping Efforts
Raj Kumar, of DDI, and Al Wasserzug, of Vulcan Flex Circuit Corporation, talk with Editor Ray Rasmussen about IPC's PCB Department of Defense road map effort which is in support of the DoD's PCB Executive Agent and designed to address gaps in technologies for the Mil/Aero industry.
atg, Klaus Koziol

New Flying-Probe Testers From atg
Director of Sales North America for atg, Klaus Koziol, tells Pete Starkey about atg's latest high-speed flying-probe testers, and how they are ideally suited to the requirements of quick-turn PCB manufacturers in the USA.
EMS
3M Static Solutions, Matt Bosway

Dispensing With Static
Matt Bosway, global business manager for 3M Static Controls, discusses the solutions that 3M is providing for static control and how they are working towards collaboration with their customers on assessment, training and monitoring all static control solutions.
ACI Technologies, Michael Prestoy

Training is an Important Matter, Of Course!
Mike Prestoy of ACI explains the importance of industry training, his target audience and his perception of the Apex experience.
APS Novastar, John Malboeuf

APS Novastar Fills a Big Niche
John Malboeuf, VP of worldwide sales for APS Novastar, discusses his company's growth over the past year, and explains how APS Novastar fills the critical needs of short-run and medium-run PCB assemblers.
Acuity Brands, Isaias Navarrete

Acuity Brands evaluate P. Kay Metal's MS2
Acuity Brands Product Engineer Isaias Navarrete sits down with Pete Starkey to discuss soldering processes for assembly of the electronics involved in the rapidly growing LED lighting market, and the evaluation of solder dross inhibitors, with particular reference to the positive co-operation received from P. Kay Metal with their MS2 product.
Aegis Software, Jason Spera

There's an App for That
Jason Spera explains the benefits of Aegis' new app for iPads and iPhones, which are provided free to all Aegis customers. He and Mark Thompson also discuss industry partnerships that the company nurtures.
Agilent Technologies, Joe Reisinger

Testing and Verification Agilent's Way
Joe Reisinger, Agilent's Global account Manager, talks a bit about Agilent's test solutions and highlights a new and impressive machine.
Air Products, Gregory Arslanian

Making a Difference
Gregory Arslanian explains to Guest Editor Stuart Hayton how the Air Products Electronics Packaging Assembly & Test division is combining its product range and vast knowledge to bring a competitive edge to the electronics industry.
Air Products, Victor Wang

Inert Wave Soldering Improves Yields and Costs
Victor Wang, in charge of Global Application Development with Air Products, explains to Pete Starkey the benefits in solder joint quality, yields and costs which can be gained by applying Air Products Inert Wave Technology to assembly-soldering processes.
Alcatel Lucent, Joseph Smetana

Massive Board Reliability Tests Completed
Joe Smetana, principal engineer and distinguished staff member at Alcatel-Lucent, gives an overview of the results of a High-Density Packaging User Group testing program and study that looked at PCB reliability. These results are covered in six different technical papers presented at APEX.
Assembleon, Gils Vrenken and Scott Cann

Enabling Sustainable Electronic Manufacturing
Assembleon's Gils Vrenken, Communications Manager, and Scott Cann, Director of Sales for North America, talk to Guest Editor Stuart Hayton about how the company has put in a lot of effort to help customers achieve substantial savings -- whether in capital outlay or rework -- in line with its aim of enabling sustainable electronic manufacturing. Vrenken and Cann also mentions some updates on the spin-off of the company from Philips.
BFK Solutions LLC, Barbara Kanegsberg

Critical Cleaning Explained
Barbara Kanegsberg, President of BFK Solutions, discusses key challenges in the cleaning of electronics assemblies. She explains to Pete Starkey the principles of critical cleaning and introduces her latest publications.
Bath Technical Consultancy, Jasbir Bath

IPC Award Winner Jasbir Bath
Jasbir Bath just collected the IPC award for Best Technical Paper - International for his work on mechanical shock test performance of solder joints.
Blackfox, Al Dill & Dan Beaulieu

Creating Value through Partnership
Al Dill, President and CEO, Blackfox, and Dan Beaulieu, President, DB Management, talks to Guest Editor Mark Thompson about the partnership between DB Management, Blackfox, and DMR PCB, and how this will bring value to the table for the companies.
Bob Willis Training, Bob Willis

Finding, Preventing and Fixing PWB Defects
IPC Defect Clinic instructor Bob Willis offers helpful information on a database to track PWB defects. Speaking with Guest Editor Kelly Dack, he answers several important questions: What are the most common process issues facing the industry? What problems are most often associated with cleaning? What training medium works best?
Celestica, Craig Hamilton

Solar Update With Celestica
Craig Hamilton of Celestica and Dick Crowe of Burkle North America discuss in-process inspection of solar modules and reliability standards of solar modules. They also talk about the new PV lab that Celestica is constructing.
Celestica, Irene Sterian

Celestica on Solar
Celestica's Irene Sterian talks about the company's efforts in solar cell manufacturing. At $10-15 million per line, solar cell manufacturing isn't for everyone, but other opportunities are out there for EMS providers.
Compunetics, Louis Hart

Paper to Discuss New Inspection Process
Louis Hart, QA Manager of Compunetics Inc., gives a brief detail of the latest inspection process that he will be presenting via a technical paper on Thursday. In a nutshell, the new process will be able to tell you whether or not you have sufficient annular rings to aid you in your inspection of a PCB coupon, and will help you determine exactly what that breakout in the coupon is.
DEK, Clive Ashmore

Facilitating Stencil Solder Paste Flow
Clive Ashmore offers an overview of some new DEK process chemistry that facilitates paste flow through ever-decreasing mask openings.
EPTAC, Brenda Clunie

Resurgence in Demand for Standards Training
EPTAC's Director of Operations Brenda Clunie tells Andy Shaughnessy that the certification training business has been getting a big push from companies who have laid off skilled workers during the downturn and are now training new people for the industry, as well as those who are re-investing in their own internal instructors who are willing to take a role of being certified trainers in their companies.
Electronic Controls Design, Inc.

Profile of a Hot Product
Mark Waterman, a field engineer and quality manager for Electronic Controls, inc., shows how their new "Supermole Gold 2" temperature profiler is nicely packaged, easy to deploy and is solving some very common temperature profiling challenges.
Endicott Interconnect, James Fuller

Endicott Interconnect Still On the Leading Edge
Jim Fuller, EIT's VP of manufacturing programs, shares a bit of history and provides a sense of direction of one the most fully integrated and advanced circuit manufacturing and assembly companines in the industry.
Essemtec, Florian Schildein and Steve Pollock

20 Years and Going Strong
Florian Schildien and Steve Pollock talk with Stuart Hayton about Essemtec's strategy for success in the SMT equipment segment. The company is celebrating 20 years in this highly competitive global market.
Helios Marketing Advisors, Inc., Craig Pynn

Paving A Smooth Path to China
Helios Marketing Principal Craig Pynn tells the tale of one of his clients. With the ongoing shift of manufacturing to China, many OEMs have encountered logistic and quality issues in the transition from development in the U.S. to high-volume production in China, especially around both in-circuit and functional test. Services are now available from China-based companies to ameliorate these difficulties.
Henkel, Brian Toleno

Moldable Solutions to Protect Electronics
Guest Editor Kelly Dack sits down with Dr. Brian Toleno, Director of Technical Service Engineering for Henkel Electronic Materials, to discuss a silver-plated copper (SPC) process for cost-effective treatment of various forms of the material. Dr. Toleno also shares an innovative, award-winning product called "Macromelt" which offers a moldable solution for incapsulative packaging of electronics.
Heraeus, Anton Miric  & Technica USA, Frank Medina

Heraeus and Technica USA on Solder Pastes
Anton Miric, Heraeus product line director, and Frank Medina from Technica USA talk about the latest developments in solder pastes and adhesives, and their impact on the North American market.
Honeywell Air Transport Systems, Vicka White

PCBs You Can Count On
Guest Editor Paul Reid speaks with Vicka White, Principal Engineer at Honeywell Air Transport Systems and IPC D-30 Rigid Printed Board Chair and Vice Chair of the IPC Terms and Definitions Committee, at APEX. White, a reliability expert, details PCB reliability testing currently underway at the company.
Indium Corporation, Mario Scalzo

What the Flux?
Indium Corporation's Senior Engineer Mario Scalzo joins Guest Editor Kelly Dack to discuss various wave soldering processes and the importance of engineering and selecting the right flux properties for the job.
JTAG, Peter van den Eijnden

JTAG Product Lines Respond to Changes
Peter van den Eijnden, President of JTAG Technologies, talks with Guest Editor Bob Neves about the changes in technology and electronic designs and how the JTAG Interface, and corresponding software and hardware product lines, still meet needed testing, debugging and programming requirements.
Libra Industries, David Allen

A Bright Outlook in Libra's Horoscope
Guest editor Paul Reid sits down with David Allen, the Director of Engineering at Libra Industries, to discuss their Design for Manufacturing (DFM) and Design for Testing (DFT) services and how each process can benefit their customers. Also discussed is Libra Industries' plans of expansion for the future.
Lightspeed  Mfg., Rich Breault

Lightspeed to Launch Proto Department
Lightspeed Manufacturing President Rich Breault says the company is planning to launch Lightspeed Proto in a few months. He explains how this new entity will report directly to him, enabling them to assemble prototypes quicker.
MET, John Reed

Meeting MET: Stencil quality matters!
Guest Editor Kelly Dack meets with John Reed of MET to discuss the consideration and craft that goes into manufacturing quality paste mask stencils.
MIRTEC, Brian D'Amico

Business is Booming!
MIRTEC's President, Brian D'Amico, reports that over the past two years despite current economic conditions, MIRTEC has recorded near triple digit growth in global revenue and sold 3 machines at the show this week.
MYDATA, Simon Sandgren

Mydata's Latest Developments Revealed
Strategic Product Manager Simon Sandgren reviews MYDATA's broad product range and discusses the impact of their latest developments in equipment for surface mount assembly.
Manncorp, Ed Stone

Instant Quotes and So Much More!
Ed Stone of Manncorp tell us about their products, expanding technologies and customer requirements.
Medallion Technology, Steve Garcia

Novel Z-axis Interconnection Technology
Steve Garcia, president of Medallion Technology, explains the company's unusual interconnection technology for making vertical interconnections between two or more substrates.
Molex, Jim Hines

Novel BGA Technology from Molex
Molex process engineer Jim Hines describes a novel approach to creating improved solder connections for BGAs. Hines tells Guest Editor Joe Fjelstad about the paper he presented at APEX which compares solder charge to BGA and other reflow technologies.
Murray Percival Company, Murray Percival, Jr.

Murray Percival Drives the Hybrid Approach
Murray Percival is a third-generation, 51-year-old family-owned firm that has adapted to become competitive and successful. Murray Percival Jr. discusses some of the challenges he sees, and the benefits of the company's hybrid status as manufacturer's rep and distributor. The company will launch a sophisticated Web site for its rework and repair customers.
Nordson Asymtek, Roberta Foster-Smith

Addressing Challenges in the Industry
Roberta Foster-Smith of Nordson Asymtek describes to Jenny Hwang their new conformal coating applicator and other products on display at the show. She also tells how she sees their product lines perform in the market.
Nordson Asymtek, Roberta Foster-Smith

Precision Conformal Coating
Roberta Foster-Smith of Nordson Asymtek describes to Pete Starkey the latest techniques for selective conformal coating of electronics assemblies in this show floor interview.
Nordson YESTECH, Don Miller

Optical Inspection and 3D X-ray Inspection
Nordson Yestech President Don Miller describes to Pete Starkey the latest developments in automatic optical inspection and 3D X-ray inspection and how the two technologies can be used in conjunction for a complete result.
OK International, Paul Wood

Fine-pitch Soldering/De-soldering Tools
Paul Wood, Advanced Product Applications Manager for OK International, explains to Pete Starkey the latest developments in fine-pitch soldering and de-soldering tools.
Ovation, Mark Briant

A New Addition to The Grid Lok Family
Mark Briant of Ovation Products shares with Stuart Hayton the latest release in the Grid Lok family of automatic substrate support systems.
Panasonic, Michael Cieslinski

Simplified IPC-9850 Redefines 'Machine'
Michael Cieslinski, engineering manager for Panasonic and co-chair of the committee working on the 9850 standard, explains how the members simplified the standard by half, redefined the definition of a "machine" and changed the way they conducted measurements.
Perdue & HP, Carol Handwoker & Greg Henshall

New Book on Lead-Free Released
Carol Handwerker of Purdue University and Greg Henshall of HP offer a overview of their new book "Lead-Free Solder Process Development" which they co-authored and co-edited with Jasbir Bath, explaining the relevance and importance of their new work.
PhotoStencil, Neil MacRaild

Meet the New Boss
Neil MacRaild of PhotoStencil discusses his new position at the company and updates Mark Thompson on new product development at PhotoStencil.
PhotoStencil, Neil MacRaild

Improving Stencil Performance
PhotoStencil President, Neil MacRaild, explains to Pete Starkey how special nickel plating processes and nanofinish coatings can dramatically improve the performance of laser-cut stencils.
Powell-Mucha Consulting, Inc., Susan Mucha

IPC EMS Program Management Certification
Susan Mucha discusses IPC's Program Management Certification and her efforts around Organizational Analysis and how it can help EMS companies gain better control of their organizations during this recovery period.
RIT, Dr. S. Manian Ramkumar, Ph.D

RIT Working for the Industry
Dr. S. Manian Ramkumar, Ph.D talks about the assistance his group provides the industry. Leading equipment and material suppliers have donated the latest and greatest equipment in support of their efforts to help solve industry technical problems.
Rehm Thermal Systems, John Bashe

Condensation Soldering in High Reliability
John Bashe, General Manager of Rehm Thermal Systems, explains the principles and benefits of condensation soldering in high reliability applications.
Stoelting Cleaning Equipment, Jim Timler

Stoelting - Technical and Environmental Benefits
Stoelting's Jim Timler discusses conveyorised cleaning technology with Pete Starkey, and explains some features of Stoelting's equipment that bring technical and environmental benefits to the electronics assembler.
Vi TECHNOLOGY, Jean-Marc Peallat

Jean-Marc Peallat talks about 2K HIGH SPEED AOI
Vi TECHNOLOGY President Jean-Marc Peallat explains the features and benefits of the 2K HIGH SPEED AOI system for printed circuit assemblies, now available with a super-resolution option.
Vi Technology, Jean-Marc Peallat

Vi Technology: American Agents Challenge Award
Vi Technology CEO Jean-Marc Peallat presented his company's American Agents Challenge Award to top Sales Representative Paul Notti at APEX 2011. Notti was rewarded with a free trip for two to Paris, France. Congratulations!
WELLER, Glenn Schindo

WELLER's Latest Features
Glenn Schindo explains to Pete Starkey the details of WELLER's latest developments in soldering tools.
Zestron USA, Harald Wack Ph.D. and Sal Sparacino

Zestron Pillars of Success
Zestron USA President Harry Wack and Technical Marketing Manager Sal Sparacino provide an update on some of the new initiatives in the company. Wack also discusses their efforts to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.
Design
ASTER Technologies, Christophe Lotz

ASTER Takes DFT to the Next Level
Christophe Lotz, founder and CEO of ASTER Technologies, explains how his company's DFT software helps designers make their boards more testable, from the schematic level onward.
Mass Design, Tony Bourassa

PCB Design, Fab and Assembly With Mass Design
Mass Design's founder Tony Bourassa explains the company's business which offers customers a rare service: design, fabrication and assembly of PCBs in one location to help shorten time to market.
Mentor Graphics, Charles Pfeil

BGA Routing Takes Center Stage
Charles Pfeil, engineering director in Mentor Graphics' System Design Division, discusses his Designers Forum presentation "Effective BGA Fanouts." He predicts that soon large-scale BGAs will have over 2,000 pins and bring PCB designers a plethora of new routing issues.
Mentor Graphics, John Isaac

Mentor Graphics Embedding Valor Functionality
John Isaac of Mentor Graphics explains how the functionality of the Valor suite of DFM tools will be embedded into the Mentor Graphics PCB design tools, and how the two companies' cultures have meshed over the past year.
Mentor Graphics, Tom Hausherr

From the CAD Librarian
Why are CAD libraries so problematic for PCB designers? Tom Hausherr, EDA library products manager for Mentor Graphics, details the bottlenecks in the process and discusses his APEX presentation on creating CAD libraries.
PWB Interconnect Solutions, Paul Reid

The Year of Design
Vicka White from Honeywell interviews Paul Reid, Program Coordinator of PWB Inc., to find out what's new in reliability testing and why he believes this is the "Year of Design." He discusses how the RoHS requirements have furthered the development of more robust materials and interconnections, as well as how the effects of design are starting to be a major influence on reliability.
Featured
APS Novastar, John Malboeuf

APS Novastar Fills a Big Niche
John Malboeuf, VP of worldwide sales for APS Novastar, discusses his company's growth over the past year, and explains how APS Novastar fills the critical needs of short-run and medium-run PCB assemblers.
ASTER Technologies, Christophe Lotz

ASTER Takes DFT to the Next Level
Christophe Lotz, founder and CEO of ASTER Technologies, explains how his company's DFT software helps designers make their boards more testable, from the schematic level onward.
Acuity Brands, Isaias Navarrete

Acuity Brands evaluate P. Kay Metal's MS2
Acuity Brands Product Engineer Isaias Navarrete sits down with Pete Starkey to discuss soldering processes for assembly of the electronics involved in the rapidly growing LED lighting market, and the evaluation of solder dross inhibitors, with particular reference to the positive co-operation received from P. Kay Metal with their MS2 product.
Agilent Technologies, Joe Reisinger

Testing and Verification Agilent's Way
Joe Reisinger, Agilent's Global account Manager, talks a bit about Agilent's test solutions and highlights a new and impressive machine.
All Flex, Dave Becker

All Flex Rolls Out Origami Flex Program
Dave Becker, Director of Sales & Marketing at All Flex shares his impressions of the APEX show and describes a new program to help customers better understand the value of flex circuit technology.
Bare Board Group, Greg Papandrew

BBG Announces PCB Take-Out, Launches Book
BBG's Greg Papandrew has launched their new campaign called "PCB Take-Out" which makes offshore sourcing easy as take-out. He also discusses his newly launched book entitled "Printed Circuit Board Basics for Dummies" which is based from the "Printed Circuit Board Basics" -- but taken to a whole new level. Purchase your copy here: http://www.bareboard.com/pcbbasics
Burkle North America, David Howard & Grant Christiansen

Processes and Machinery Matched by Burkle
David Howard, Vice President of Burkle North America, shares some of Burkle's process technology and introduces Grant Christiansen, Product Manager of Schmoll-Maschinen, who is happy to describe one of their showcased drilling machines.
C.A. Picard, Gary Weidner

Visper Bridges the Gap in Bare Board Inspection
C.A. Picard's Gary Weidner explains to Editor Pete Starkey how an intelligent final inspection machine with Gerber reference can pick up bare board faults commonly overlooked by human inspectors in this interview from the APEX show floor.
Camtek, Jason Rollo

Camtek: Developments in Inkjet Solder Mask
Camtek is exhibiting the company's digital inkjet printer for solder mask at APEX, and General Manager Jason Rollo details to Editor Pete Starkey the characteristics of the system and its benefits to the quick-turn PCB fabricator.
Chemcut, Kirk Lauver

Chemcut Further Expands 2300 Series Systems
Chemcut Corporation's Technical Marketing Specialist J. Kirk Lauver explains that the company is further expanding its 2300 series of processing systems, with systems now available with 20in and 30in models. He also notes that Chemcut does a tremendous amount of reconfiguring of machines according to customer requirements to help them adapt easily to the equipment.
Compunetics, Louis Hart

Paper to Discuss New Inspection Process
Louis Hart, QA Manager of Compunetics Inc., gives a brief detail of the latest inspection process that he will be presenting via a technical paper on Thursday. In a nutshell, the new process will be able to tell you whether or not you have sufficient annular rings to aid you in your inspection of a PCB coupon, and will help you determine exactly what that breakout in the coupon is.
Custer Consulting Group, Walt Custer

Walt Custer's Market Outlook
The disaster in Japan has thrown the entire industry into turmoil and made forecasting growth for PCBs and Assemblies a bit problematic. Walt Custer provides his perspective on the very fluid market dynamics.
DDI & IPC GR Comm., Mikel Williams

Mikel Williams' Government Relations Update
Mikel Williams, the Chair of the IPC's Government Relations committee, provides an update on the key issues facing the industry on the legislative front. He also gives information on upcoming industry government-related events.
DEK, Clive Ashmore

Facilitating Stencil Solder Paste Flow
Clive Ashmore offers an overview of some new DEK process chemistry that facilitates paste flow through ever-decreasing mask openings.
Dupont, Glenn Oliver

New Low-Dk, High Speed Flex Material
EIPC's Michael Weinhold and Dupont's Glenn Oliver discuss Glenn's APEX paper, which covers Dupont's new low-Dk, high-speed flex material. Dupont combined two existing Dupont materials (Kapton and Teflon) to create this new material. Glenn explains how this can make the designer's job easier.
Essemtec, Florian Schildein and Steve Pollock

20 Years and Going Strong
Florian Schildien and Steve Pollock talk with Stuart Hayton about Essemtec's strategy for success in the SMT equipment segment. The company is celebrating 20 years in this highly competitive global market.
Flexible Circuit Tech., Mark Finstad & Minco, Mark Verbrugge

Flex Circuit Workshop Gurus Roundtable
Flex circuit industry veterans, columnists and educators Mark Finstad of Flexible Circuit Technologies and Mark Verbrugge of Minco share their thoughts on flex circuit technology and current and future directions.
Frontline PCB, Ben Quarles

On the Front-End
Ben Quarles of Frontline PCB explains new technologies for Orbotech and what Frontline is doing as far as front-end tools. Quarles tells Guest Editor Mark Thompson that their company has planning and pre-engineering systems with various aspects gleaned from Genesis.
Henkel, Brian Toleno

Moldable Solutions to Protect Electronics
Guest Editor Kelly Dack sits down with Dr. Brian Toleno, Director of Technical Service Engineering for Henkel Electronic Materials, to discuss a silver-plated copper (SPC) process for cost-effective treatment of various forms of the material. Dr. Toleno also shares an innovative, award-winning product called "Macromelt" which offers a moldable solution for incapsulative packaging of electronics.
I-Connect007 & EMSNow -  Barry Matties, Andy Shaughnessy & Phil Stoten

An Editor's View: APEX Did Not Disappoint
I-Connect007 Editors Barry Matties and Andy Shaughnessy sit down with Phil Stoten of EMSNow to discuss the many successes at this year's APEX. Stotten relays that the conferences were the highlight for many attendees, who were impressed with the quality of presentations and Shaughnessy says the Designers Forum was impressive, with the focus on design for quality -- not just cost; Matties was impressed with the technology, especially new technology, presented this year.
IPC, Denny McGuirk

Show Wrap-Up
IPC President Denny McGuirk sits down with Pete Starkey and reflects upon a full and exciting IPC APEX EXPO week in Las Vegas.
IPC, Fern Abrams

Conflict Metals, What You Should Know
Fern Abrams, IPC's Director of Government Relations and Environmental Policy, discusses with Dan Feinberg the new Conflict Metals Law and the consequences, including some unintended ones, for the industry.
Imagineering, Inc., Khurrum Dhanji

Upload Data: Receive a Quote and More!
Vice President of Imagineering, Khurrum Dhanji, describes how his company is meeting customer needs by enhancing their on-line quote engine to handle total turn-key solutions. Imagineering hopes to cure your procurement migraines.
JISSO International, Fritz and Crotty

JISSO International Meeting
Kelly Dack has a JISSO International meeting update from Denny Fritz and Krista Crotty. Scheduled for May 23-27, 2011, at the University of Maryland, College Park campus, this meeting will help continue to align standards activities and roadmapping efforts.
JTAG, Peter van den Eijnden

JTAG Product Lines Respond to Changes
Peter van den Eijnden, President of JTAG Technologies, talks with Guest Editor Bob Neves about the changes in technology and electronic designs and how the JTAG Interface, and corresponding software and hardware product lines, still meet needed testing, debugging and programming requirements.
Maskless Lithography, Bill Elder

Maskless Lithography Leaves a 'Global Footprint'
Last year, they were the exciting newcomers at IPC APEX EXPO. Bill Elder, president and CEO of Maskless Lithography, explains how the company has gone from meeting in the Mandalay Bay coffee shop last year to exhibiting their latest digital imaging technology as part of its "global footprint" strategy.
Maskless Lithography, Dan Meisburger Ph.D.

Digital Imaging With Micro-Mirror Technology
Maskless Lithography founder and CTO Dan Meisburger explains to Editor Pete Starkey the principles of operation and capacities of digital imaging systems with micro-mirror technology.
Maskless Lithography, Ed Carignan

Imaging System Lowers Total Cost of Ownership
Ed Carignan, Chief Operating Officer of Maskless Lithography, discusses the company's Direct Imaging System, which enables customers to do direct imaging on any kind of photoresist, allowing more flexibility in terms of substrates and dry films that they use. He also highlights the company's gray level imaging technology, which brings the semiconductor manufacturing technology into the PCB industry.
Mentor Graphics, Tom Hausherr

From the CAD Librarian
Why are CAD libraries so problematic for PCB designers? Tom Hausherr, EDA library products manager for Mentor Graphics, details the bottlenecks in the process and discusses his APEX presentation on creating CAD libraries.
MicroCraft, Adelino (Lino) Sousa

IPC APEX EXPO Passes the Test According to MicroCraft
Adelino (Lino) Sousa offers an on-the-floor perspective of MicroCraft's show presence, and a pulse of this successful company overall.
MuTracx, Stuart Hayton

A Fresh Look At Primary Imaging
Stuart Hayton brings Pete Starkey up to date on developments in applications of ink-jet printing of inner-layer etch resist.
Nevada Industry Excellence, Jeff Englehart

First Impressions of APEX
First time attendee Jeff Englehart of Nevada Industry Excellence talks about his experience at IPC APEX and how NIE assists manufacturing companies with networking of services in Nevada and beyond.
Nordson Asymtek, Roberta Foster-Smith

Addressing Challenges in the Industry
Roberta Foster-Smith of Nordson Asymtek describes to Jenny Hwang their new conformal coating applicator and other products on display at the show. She also tells how she sees their product lines perform in the market.
Nordson Asymtek, Roberta Foster-Smith

Precision Conformal Coating
Roberta Foster-Smith of Nordson Asymtek describes to Pete Starkey the latest techniques for selective conformal coating of electronics assemblies in this show floor interview.
Nordson YESTECH, Don Miller

Optical Inspection and 3D X-ray Inspection
Nordson Yestech President Don Miller describes to Pete Starkey the latest developments in automatic optical inspection and 3D X-ray inspection and how the two technologies can be used in conjunction for a complete result.
PTC Windchill Product Analytics, Jorgen Vos

PTC Releases Windchill Product Analytics
PTC has revamped their InSight offering to include a modular offering called Windchill Product Analytics. Windchill Product Analytics has modules such as product costing and materials declaration information, and a life cycle analysis module coming out late Summer 2011.
PWB Inc., Bill Birch

Cyclic Testing for the Next Generation
Bill Birch is President of PWB Inc. and inventor of the cyclic test for PCBs. He sits down with guest editor Mark Thompson to discuss the results of a recent two-year study he helped conduct for HDPUG (the High Density Packaging Users Group), which tested 27 new materials being offered to the circuit board industry.
Powell-Mucha Consulting, Inc., Susan Mucha

IPC EMS Program Management Certification
Susan Mucha discusses IPC's Program Management Certification and her efforts around Organizational Analysis and how it can help EMS companies gain better control of their organizations during this recovery period.
Prototron Circuits, Russ Adams | Deborah Laing

Prototron on Track for Growth
Russ Adams, Western Region Sales Manager for Prototron Circuits, talks about his company's 25% growth for the first quarter of the year compared to last year, their record sales in March and how they are on-track to see it happen again this month. He also discusses the company's workforce expansion, in particular at its Tucson plant, which, together with their Redmond facility, are already ISO certified and ITAR registered.
Rogers Corp., Greg Bull

What's in the Box?
Greg Bull of Rogers Corporation opens the box to reveal the New Product Innovation Award presented to Rogers for the company's RT/Duroid 6035HTC High Frequency laminate.
Saturn Electronics Corp, Yash Sutariya

Simplifying Thermal Management
Yash Sutariya highlights Saturn's new online thermal resistance calculator that cools the complexity of dealing with complex physics. The calculator is currently available on the Saturn Web site: http://www.saturnelectronics.com/thermal_led_calculator.htm
Semblant, Tim Von Werne PhD

Revolutionary Solderable Finish for PCBs
Semblant's Chief Technology Officer, Tim von Werne, introduces the Semblant Plasma Finish for PCBs, and explains to Editor Pete Starkey its characteristics and benefits over established metallic and organic solderable finishes.
Stoelting Cleaning Equipment, Jim Timler

Stoelting - Technical and Environmental Benefits
Stoelting's Jim Timler discusses conveyorised cleaning technology with Pete Starkey, and explains some features of Stoelting's equipment that bring technical and environmental benefits to the electronics assembler.
TPF Enterprises LLC, Alan Rae

Solar Modules Heating Up
Alan Rae of TPF Enterprises talks with Guest Editor Dick Crowe of Burkle North America about the iNemi Solar Module Road Map and the market, technology and materials issues in the solar industry. Plus, how mature is the solar industry?
Taiyo America, John Fix and Brian Wojtkiewicz

White Solder Mask For LED Apps
John Fix and Brian Wojtkiewicz of Taiyo America sit down with Editor Mark Thompson to discuss, among other things, Taiyo's new LED-specific Super-White solder mask.
Technica USA,  Frank Medina & Hakuto Co, Ltd., Noriaki Tomioka

The Future of Digital Imaging
Frank Medina, CEO of Technica USA, and Noriaki Tomioka, Director & Senior VP of Hakuto Co., discuss the transition to digital imaging in both the North American and Asian markets. They tell guest editor Mark Thompson that this transition is made easier due to new technologies such as the new Maskless Lithography units.
Vi TECHNOLOGY, Jean-Marc Peallat

Jean-Marc Peallat talks about 2K HIGH SPEED AOI
Vi TECHNOLOGY President Jean-Marc Peallat explains the features and benefits of the 2K HIGH SPEED AOI system for printed circuit assemblies, now available with a super-resolution option.
Events
Air Products, Christine Dong

From China to the US Provides Good Perspective
Originally from Beijing but in the US for 20 years, Christine Dong is a lead scientist with Air Products. Being the only female in a room of engineers doesn't really bother her, though it's much less of an issue in her home country of China. Being a woman in electronics and a Chinese woman in America makes her aware of the positive example she sets for her daughter. Christine shares her observations with Marcy LaRont.
Alberi EcoTech, Krista Botsford Crotty

Women in Electronics Update
Krista Crotty, Founder and Chief "EcoGeek" for her environmental consulting company Alberi EcoTech, is an involved member of the IPC and a regular attendee of the "Women in Electronics" breakfast. She sits down with Guest Editor Marcy LaRont to detail what occurred at the breakfast and why this seminal event is so important to the industry.
Custer Consulting Group, Walt Custer

Walt Custer's Keynote Address
Electronics industry analyst and IPC Hall of Famer Walt Custer breaks down the industry's global performance over the past year, and offers his forecast for 2011 and beyond. Predictions include modest manufacturing growth, along with various supply chain disruptions.
EPTAC, Helena Pasquito

Keep In Touch With Standards
Helena Pasquito of EPTAC reminds companies to keep in touch with the standards which are always changing. She explains to Marcy LaRont what her company offers and what keeps them busy in the show.
Flex Infrastructure, Manuel Ruiz

IPC first-timer reception interview #1
Manuel Ruiz of Flex Infrastructure tells Pete Starkey why he is attending this year's IPC APEX EXPO show.
Honeywell, Debbie Nygaard

More and More Successful Women in the Industry
Debbie Nygaard, Technical Manager for board layout at Honeywell, tells Marcy LaRont that she is fascinated by the number of women involved in the fabrication and testing side of the industry, as well as their success stories presented during the Women's Networking Breakfast.
IPC, Denny McGuirk

2011 Apex Show Opening Ceremony
Denny McGuirk, President of IPC, hosts the opening ceremony of the 2011 Apex Show, which culminated with a ribbon-cutting at the show entrance.
Litson1 Consulting, Cherie Litson

Reinvigorating the Designers Council
Litson1 Consulting's Cherie Litson talks about reinvigorating the IPC Designers Council. She explains why heightened communication between design, fab and EMS is more important than ever. And she discusses how the Women in Electronics Networking Meeting continues to grow and develop, helping women in the industry learn from and inspire one another.
Phoenix Contact, Michael Nager

First-Timer Reception: Michael Nager
Michael Nager of Phoenix Contact shares his thoughts on the event with Editor Pete Starkey following the IPC First-Timers Welcome Breakfast.
RMS Consulting, Roseanne Lalonde

Female Designers Have Come a Long Way
Roseanne Lalonde of RMS Consulting has her own PCB design consulting business. She tells Editor Marcy LaRont that she's been in the industry for more than 30 years, and discusses how she was once elected to be the "secretary" in her group of design engineers.
Research in Motion (RIM), Carolyn Witmer

First-Timer Reception: Carolyn Witmer
Editor Pete Starkey speaks with Research in Motion's Carolyn Witmer about her experience so far at APEX.
Tait Radio Communications, Craig McGlinchy

First-Timer Reception: Craig McGlinchy
Craig McGlinchy of Tait Radio Communications chats with Editor Pete Starkey following the IPC First-Timer Welcome Breakfast.
IPC Update
2-18 Committee, Krista Crotty, Richard Kubin

2-18 Supplier Declaration Committee Update
Krista Crotty and Richard Kubin discuss their new roles as co-chairs of the 2-18 committee. Crotty brings industry/business experience for implementation of the standard and Kubin supplies the technical expertise of XML for the schema of the standard. Both detail the plans of the committee and when updates to the standard are expected.
Cisco, Jos Purvis & DDI,  Rajesh Kuma

IP Protection in PCB Manufacturing
IPC has released a new document which is designed to ensure protection of intellectual property for PCB customers. DDi's Raj Kumar and Cisco's Jos Purvis discuss the purpose and features of this effort.
DBMahnke Consulting, Duane Mahnke & Insulectro, Rocky Hilburn

New Flex Circuit Test Method
Consultant Duane Mahnke and Insulectro's Rocky Hilburn, Test Method Committee Co-Chairs, offer information about the latest test method for flex circuit materials and the rationale behind its creation. Guest Editor Joe Fjelstad gets the scoop.
DDI & IPC GR Comm., Mikel Williams

Mikel Williams' Government Relations Update
Mikel Williams, the Chair of the IPC's Government Relations committee, provides an update on the key issues facing the industry on the legislative front. He also gives information on upcoming industry government-related events.
EPTAC Corp., Leo Lambert

Assembly and Joining Committee Update
Leo Lambert of EPTAC discusses his work with IPC's Assembly and Joining Committee, and trends in training that he sees in the EMS industry.
IPC Specification Committee, Mel Parrish

Hammering Out Improvements For Acceptability
Mel Parrish is actively leading change regarding the important acceptability specs -- IPC-A-600, 610, 620 and 720. Mel describes an overview of how these specs are changing and who is involved.
IPC, David Torp

IPC Welcomes First-Timers to APEX
About 250 people attended IPC's first-timer breakfast. Most were genuine first-timers, while others were just after the free breakfast. Whatever the case, IPC's Dave Torp made all feel welcome and introduced the structure and objectives of the IPC.
IPC, Fern Abrams

Conflict Metals, What You Should Know
Fern Abrams, IPC's Director of Government Relations and Environmental Policy, discusses with Dan Feinberg the new Conflict Metals Law and the consequences, including some unintended ones, for the industry.
IPC, Stephanie Castorina

IPC to Host "It's Not Easy Being Green"
Stephanie Castorina of IPC talks with Andy Shaughnessy about the upcoming "It's Not Easy Being Green" symposium, which is scheduled for May 19-21 in Boston. It will host experts in environmental legislation as well as technologists versed in green manufacturing processes.
Mark Frimann and  Aidan Turnbull

IPC-1752 Standard Update
Mark Frimann and Aidan Turnbull talk about the latest updates and expected improvements to the materials declaration standard IPC-1752A.
Printed Electronics Ltd., Dr. Steve Jones

Printed Electronics Standards Update
Steve Jones, fresh (maybe a little jet-lagged...) from the Printed Electronics Conference in Dusseldorf, Germany, brings Pete Starkey up-to-speed on IPC's initiative at APEX to kick-off a working group to generate standards for printed electronics.