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February 18th, 2019
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TECH NEWS

A new method of ball milling holds promise as more eco-friendly and efficient than current ways of recovering copper from circuit boards.

UPMG announced dates for its popular PCB2Day workshop series on controlling noise in PCBs featuring Rick Hartley for spring 2019.

ACL Staticide introduces Mighty Mask II solder mask.

The deadline for abstracts for PCB WEST is approaching.

IPC presented a number of Committee Leadership, Special Recognition and Distinguished Committee Service Awards to individuals for significant contributions to IPC and the industry.

ON THE FOREFRONT
Automotive Electronics Drives Crowds at Nepcon Japan
More than 116,000 visitors crowded into the Tokyo Big Site venue in Japan in mid-January for Nepcon Japan, the world’s largest show for electronics packaging and production.
E. JAN VARDAMAN

Jan Vardaman

 





















BUSINESS NEWS

Dassault has signed an agreement to acquire the Elecworks electrical and automation design software product line from Trace Software for an undisclosed sum.

The US and China saw “progress” in recent trade talks but “much work remains,” according to a Feb. 15 White House statement, to avoid a scheduled Mar. 2 increase in US tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China from 10% to 25%.

Pegatron is scheduled to start operating in Batam in April this year.

Scanfil reported fourth quarter revenue of €140.2 million, down 2.9% year-over-year.

ICTC Global Manufacturing Solutions has acquired the aerospace and defense precision machining capabilities and assets of Chasco Machine & Manufacturing.

Kitron has completed the $14.8 million acquisition of the EMS division of API Technologies.

Yageo has completed its acquisition of 100% of shares in Pulse Electronics.

Circuit Connect purchased an atg Luther & Maelzer A5NEO bare board tester.

CAVEAT LECTOR
2001 Redux?
Housing price increases had outpaced the demand curve, as unit sales slowed and new starts cooled. Automotive sales dived for the longest stretch in years.
MIKE BUETOW

Mike Buetow

 






















TECHNICAL ARTICLES

From the pages of
PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB:
PCB Layout: Steps for Successful Setup and Placement Processes
Ten suggestions for getting designs built right the first time.
by EMA Design Automation with Joe Bouza


From the pages of
CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY:
Fast, Precise Conformal Coating Removal
Powder abrasion is an effective means for removing UV-curable materials.
by Vlad David

EVENTS

Feb. 13-14: Rehm Seminar on Soldering Defects, Guadalajara, Mexico
Mar. 6: Webinar: Electrical Wiring Checks Bring You Closer to Manufacturing Excellence, Online
Apr. 17-18: PCB2Day with Rick Hartley, Seattle, WA
June 13-14: PCB2Day with Rick Hartley, Chelmsford, MA
Sept. 9-11: PCB West, Santa Clara, CA
Sept. 22-26: SMTA International, Rosemont, IL
Nov. 12-15: Productronica, Munich, Germany


SUBMISSIONS

Email industry press releases or links to the editors of CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY or PCD&F: pr@upmediagroup.com.

METALS PRICES
           2/11/19 TREND
Sn $9.52 Up
Pb $0.94 Down
Ag $230.34 Down
Cu $2.82 Up
     
 
BOOK-TO-BILLS
             Dec. TREND
Semi equip. billings -12.1% Down
ICs 0.62% Down
PCBs 1.05 Up
     
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