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November 17th, 2018
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TECH NEWS

THE US FCC launched the agency’s first high-band 5G spectrum auction as it works to clear space for next-generation faster networks.

AUTODESK’S CEO says the tech industry needs “rational oversight.”

PCD&F is undertaking its annual salary survey of printed circuit board designers, design engineers and other layout specialists.

GERMANY plans to invest more than 3 billion euros ($3.39 million) by 2025 to beef up its artificial intelligence capabilities and appoint 100 professors to lecture about it, as it seeks to close a digital technology gap with other leading economies.

THIS WEEK ON PCB CHAT, Mike Buetow speaks with the authors of a new book on printed circuit board design.

PCD&F is undertaking its annual salary survey of printed circuit board designers, design engineers and other layout specialists.

DATA I/O announced the availability of the Scripting Interface, developed in collaboration with Secure Thingz, for the SentriX secure provisioning system.

GETTING LEAN
Lean and Configure-to-Order Production
A configure-to-order assembly process helps reduce finished goods inventory and enhance scheduling flexibility.
DENNIS McNAMARA

Dennis McNamara

 





















BUSINESS NEWS

EUROPEAN CHIPMAKERS tried to play down market concerns about a potential slowdown in global demand at an investor conference in Barcelona this week, striking an upbeat tone on orders from car and smartphone makers.

SOME BELIEVE that with the US midterm elections over, President Trump will have room to take a less aggressive stance against China, making a deal that provides a path for a “win” on both fronts.

JEAN GROUP, a $63 million Taiwanese business, plans to completely separate its electronics manufacturing and property units.

DESIGN-2-PART (D2P) SHOWS announced their 2019 show schedule.

KITRON signed a three-year, $17.8 million manufacturing agreement to build electronic modules for electric wheelchairs.

ALPHA ASSEMBLY SOLUTIONS attained IATF 16949:2016 certification for all manufacturing facilities globally that produce products for automotive applications.

VJ ELECTRONIX named David Marchesini and Keith Desharnais service engineers.

CHASE CORP. reported revenue rose 12% year-over-year to $77.48 million in the third quarter.

ACL STATICIDE appointed John Webber national sales manager.

Z-AXIS promoted Joe Sklepik to manufacturing engineering manager.

TEST AND INSPECTION
Ethics, Schmethics
“A healthy supply chain is the backbone of our business. We’ll pay you in 90 days.” This is about doing the right thing.
ROBERT BOGUSKI

Robert Boguski

 






















TECHNICAL ARTICLES

From the pages of
PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB:
Limiting Radiation from Logic Circuit Boards
Once energy leaves a controlled path, the chances are it will cause interference and radiate from board edges.
by Ralph Morrison


From the pages of
CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY:
Taking an Independent Path: Strategies for Low Risk Sourcing of Components in a Constrained Market
Industry looks to independent distributors to address chronic shortages in the availability of electronic components.
by Staff

EVENTS

Dec. 5-7: International Printed Circuit & Apex South China Fair, Shenzhen, China
Dec. 13-15: Semicon Japan, Tokyo, Japan
Jan. 16-18: Nepcon Japan, Tokyo, Japan
Jan. 29-31: IPC Apex 2019, San Diego, CA
Feb. 5-7: MD&M West, Anaheim, CA
May 1-2: Del Mar Electronics & Manufacturing Show, San Diego, CA
Sept. 9-11: PCB West, Santa Clara, CA
Sept. 22-26: SMTA International, Rosemont, IL
Nov. 12-15: Productronica, Munich, Germany


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METALS PRICES
           11/12/18 TREND
Sn $8.68 Down
Pb $0.88 Flat
Ag $211.12 Down
Cu $2.73 Up
     
 
BOOK-TO-BILLS
             Sept. TREND
Semi equip. billings 1.8% Down
ICs 13.8% Down
PCBs 1.04 Down
Computers 5.42 Up
     
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