PCB Chat Episode 18 - Mike Tucker

July 2, 2018

Among major fabricators, Shenzhen Kinwong is perhaps the industry’s best kept secret in North America. According to Dr. Hayao Nakahara’s annual NTI 100, it’s among the 35 largest fabricators in the world, and the fourth largest Chinese maker. Kinwong field application engineering manager Mike Tucker talks about the company and its plans for the North American market with host Mike Buetow.



PCB Chat Episode 17 - Hans Stahl

June 7, 2018

NCAB Group, the world’s largest bare board distributor, went public on June 5. CEO Hans Stahl joins Mike Buetow to offer background on the public offering and outline plans for the new funds, including acquisition targets and future expansion.


PCB Chat Episode 16 - Mike Buetow

May 15, 2018

Can the electronics industry influence global trade pacts with China? And should it? The word from many major trade groups appears to be “yes” and “maybe not.” PCB Chat Mike Buetow explains.


PCB Chat Episode 15 - Mike Buetow

April 30, 2018

Keynoters for industry conferences tend to fall in one of two categories: The rah-rah types or the futurists. Why will the keynote at PCB West this fall be different?


PCB Chat Episode 14 - Manny Marcano

April 3, 2018

"Content is the most important aspect of the design world right now," says Manny Marcano, president of EMA Design Automation. Over the past nearly three decades, he has grown EMA into the leading Cadence Channel Partner as the exclusive distributor of OrCAD in North America. EMA has also developed a series of its own software products for library management, component supply chain data, and conducts training. He talks about the role of automation and whether designers are keeping up with their profession with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow.


PCB Chat Episode 13 - Bill Cardoso

March 24, 2018

Bill Cardoso came to electronics in a nontraditional way: by way of Fermilab, where he studied the origins of the universe. Now president of Creative Electron, a designer and manufacturers of x-ray inspection systems for the electronics industry, he discusses his background, his love of product teardowns, and why he builds all his machines in the US with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow.


PCB Chat Episode 12 - John Mitchell and Chris Mitchell

March 15, 2018

John Mitchell is president and CEO of IPC, and Chris Mitchell is IPC vice president of global government relations. They discuss the trade organization's key government programs and initiatives, its annual member lobbying event coming up in May, and the importance of lobbying by member companies with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow. 



PCB Chat Episode 11 - Mike Buetow

February 27, 2018

In the wake of AS9100D, how is the electronics supply chain handling first article inspection requirements? And are board fabricators feeling the brunt of it? Mike Buetow explores the topic in this week's PCB Chat.



PCB Chat Episode 10 - Mike O’Reilly

February 26, 2018

Mike O'Reilly is director of Aerosol Jet Product Management at Optomec, responsible for leading the company's Aerosol Jet commercialization efforts within printed electronics and related markets. Prior to joining Optomec, he was vice president of product marketing at Cadence Design Systems, responsible for system level design and verification products. Mike has over 30 years of experience introducing advanced technology into the commercial sector. He speaks with Mike Buetow about Optomec's new high-volume dispensing platform.


PCB Chat Episode 9 - Randall Sherman

February 25, 2018

Randall Sherman is perhaps the leading analyst for the electronics manufacturing services and ODM markets. The founder of New Venture Research, he specializes in market and technology studies. He has a master’s in electrical engineering and an MBA, and his experience ranges from network design engineer to product market research, due diligence and business development-related services. He discusses how EMS companies are leading innovation by building intelligence into production systems.