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January 21st, 2019
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TECH NEWS

Fears that robots will eliminate your job are unfounded, with a growing number of employers planning to increase or maintain headcount as a result of automation, staffing company ManpowerGroup said.

A simple new tweak could double the efficiency of organic electronics, OLED-displays, plastic-based solar cells and bioelectronics.

Wistron and its partners from an autonomous driving development team have unveiled their latest progress on the development of a car cloud computing service platform that integrates infotainment system, AIoT (AI+IoT), communication and big data analysis.

PCB WEST is accepting abstracts for the 2019 technical conference.

The lack of governmental regulations on self-driving cars leaves the consumer at the mercy of a competitive, nascent autonomous vehicle (AV) industry.

FOCUS ON BUSINESS
IPC Redesigns EMS Program Manager Certification Program
As many of you know, I have taught part of IPC’s EMS Program Management Certification Program since 2003. Following a telephone survey of IPC member company executives and past participants in 2017, IPC decided it was time to entirely revamp the program.
SUSAN MUCHA

Susan Mucha

 





















BUSINESS NEWS

Foxconn’s main iPhone assembly plant has cut around 50,000 contract jobs since October, says a new report.

Éolane’s subsidiary in Estonia opened a 118,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant in Lasnamäe, Tallian.

Tesla said on Friday it would cut thousands of jobs to rein in costs as it plans to increase production of lower-priced versions of its crucial Model 3 sedan.

The automotive electronics market is expected to reach over $400 billion by 2024.

Germany is debating whether to follow the US and Australia in restricting Huawei Technologies from accessing its next-generation mobile networks on national-security grounds.

Despite falling PCB sales, some raw materials makers are setting revenue records.

JST Corp. has accused electronics contract maker Foxconn and some of its associates of stealing exclusive designs for special connectors used in computers and automotive systems.

Jennie Hwang has been appointed chairman of the board on Assessment of US Army Centers, US Department of Defense.

GETTING LEAN
Designing for Lean Production
Lean manufacturing emphasizes minimizing variation and eliminating waste and inefficiency. Not surprisingly, a Lean approach to design does the same thing.
JERRY JOHNSON

Jerry Johnson

 






















TECHNICAL ARTICLES

From the pages of
PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB:
Maxwell and Transmission Lines
The famous mathematician can guide our understanding of electrical signals.
by Ralph Morrison


From the pages of
CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY:
As-Shipped vs. Mounted Height for BGA and LGA Packages
A methodology to calculate solder joint height is used to conduct a tolerance analysis on BGAs.
by Robert Darveaux, Howard Chen, Shaul Branchevsky and Mahendra Harsha

EVENTS

Jan. 23 and 24: Webinar: iNEMI Reuse and Recycling Metrics Project, Phase 2, Online
Jan. 29-31: IPC Apex 2019, San Diego, CA
Jan. 29-31: DesignCon, Santa Clara, CA
Feb. 5-7: MD&M West, Anaheim, CA
Apr. 17-18: PCB2Day, Seattle, WA
June 13-14: PCB2Day, 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
           1/14/19 TREND
Sn $9.13 Up
Pb $0.89 Flat
Ag $228.38 Up
Cu $2.66 Up
     
 
BOOK-TO-BILLS
             Nov. TREND
Semi equip. billings -5.3% Down
ICs 9.8% Down
PCBs 1.01 Down
     
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