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PCB Chat 82: The RIT CEMA Capstone Project Team

PCB Chat 82: The RIT CEMA Capstone Project Team

July 26, 2021

Regular listeners know that PCB Chat us always eager to hear about what’s going on in the minds of the next-generation of engineers. A team of students from the Rochester Institute of Technology Center for Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly (CEMA) spent the past semester automating parts of the surface mount process: Carmela Stone, Ian Youngs, Ethan Broshar, Brad Brewster and Kyle Mellendorf. Along with Martin Anselm, director of CEMA and Duane Beck, visiting lecturer, they describe their so-called capstone project, which marries component sourcing, programming, robotics and electronics engineering.

 

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PCB Chat 81: Terry Jernberg of EMA on Power Integrity

PCB Chat 81: Terry Jernberg of EMA on Power Integrity

July 22, 2021

Those who read PCD&F magazine or see us online at pcdandf.com have probably come across Terry Jernberg, the face of a new column this year under the eponymously named Jernberg PI. The title hearkens back to Magnum PI, the popular detective show of the 1980s. is, of course, a play on Terry’s last name and his subject matter, power integrity. We like to think of Terry as our own investigator of noise and timing problems in the power delivery network. He speaks with Mike Buetow on this episode of PCB Chat. 

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C2C 7: A Conversation with Industry Icon Bob Black

C2C 7: A Conversation with Industry Icon Bob Black

July 21, 2021

The guest today is Bob Black. Since the late 1980s, Bob was selling drag soldering machines made by Zeva. While Bob has been involved in several businesses, he is perhaps best known for his work with Juki importing and selling component placement equipment. Bob has imported and sold equipment from Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and Italy. Bob shares his journey of entrepreneurship through several companies. Bob shares what he has learned working with international companies and even what he has taught his international colleagues. And, just in case anyone thinks owning your own business allows one to leisurely lounge around he talks about his years of spending 27 days a month traveling for his business. Bob may be reached here: rjblackjr1@gmail.com

 

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PCB Chat 80: Wally Rhines on the Latest EDA Sales Data

PCB Chat 80: Wally Rhines on the Latest EDA Sales Data

July 14, 2021

The first quarter ESD Alliance design software tools sales figures are in and they are impressive! ESDA spokesperson Wally Rhines breaks down the numbers with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow, and offers optimism for why the growth may continue for awhile.

 

To read the press announcement about the Q1 data, click here.

 

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RM 71: Manufacturer’s Reps Talk Sales and Support Post Covid-19

RM 71: Manufacturer’s Reps Talk Sales and Support Post Covid-19

July 12, 2021

Four manufacturer's representatives share their experience in supporting their customer's needs. They share how sales and support has changed over the years and review the "new normal".

Mike Konrad's guests are:

David Leventhal
Restronics
dleventhal@restronics.com

Joan Carrol-Kennedy
Restronics
jcarroll@restronics.com

Murray Percival Jr.
Murray Percival
mapercival@murraypercival.com

Todd Wittmer
Wittco Sales
toddwittmer@wittcosales.com

C2C 6: Dr. Mike Stull and Mike Konrad

C2C 6: Dr. Mike Stull and Mike Konrad

July 12, 2021

Concept to Creation host Mike Konrad says, while I am the host of this podcast, interviewing entrepreneurs within the electronics assembly industry, several people have asked about my story of entrepreneurship. I was recently interviewed by Dr. Mike Stull from California State University San Bernardino where he is school director, professor, department chair and program director of the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Stull recently had me on his hot-seat program, where we discussed the founding of my company and the nearly 30-year journey since day one of my company.

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RM 70: Nano Dimension Cofounder Amit Dror

RM 70: Nano Dimension Cofounder Amit Dror

June 25, 2021

Amit Dror is cofounder of Nano Dimension and customer success officer. Amit served as Nano Dimension’s chief executive from 2014 to 2019. Nano Dimension has produced a product which, arguably can be best described as a true disruptive force within the electronic assembly space.

We’re all experienced with inkjet printers. Ink jet nozzles travel from left to right back and forth over a sheet of paper. When the printing process has been completed, out shoots a sheet of paper with text or images deposited on the paper’s surface. Now, imagine a different type of printer. Instead of four-color ink cartridges there are two basic inks, one a dielectric ink and the other a silver-based conductive ink. The print heads travel back and forth and, when the printing process is finished, out pops a multilayer circuit board complete with vias, through-holes, ground planes, and conductive traces, and markings, ready for component placement and reflow. Need another board, just press print. This technology gives new meaning to "printed circuit board."

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PCB Chat 79: Bruce Mahler on the Ohmega-Ticer Merger

PCB Chat 79: Bruce Mahler on the Ohmega-Ticer Merger

June 23, 2021

Merger and acquisition activity took a bit of a breather last summer as Covid protocols kicked in, but has really heated up since calendar flipped to 2021. Our guest is Bruce Mahler is Vice president and general manager at Ohmega and Ticer Technologies. Both are recent additions to Quantic Electronics, a newly formed umbrella company focusing on electronics components and materials. We break down what that means for printed circuit board engineers today on this episode of PCB Chat.

 

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Concept to Creation 5: Datest’s Robert Boguski and Regina Lathrop

Concept to Creation 5: Datest’s Robert Boguski and Regina Lathrop

June 16, 2021

 

Welcome to episode number 5 of the Concept to Creation Podcast. I’m so glad you’re here. Today, my guests are Robert Boguski and Regina Lathrop. They are the husband-wife team behind Datest, a Fremont California based company which provides advanced, integrated PCBA testing and inspection services, serving the CM and EMS industries as well as the OEM community since 1984. Robert and Regina purchased Datest in 2005 with business partners then bought out those partners in 2009. I think in many ways, purchasing a company is perhaps even more challenging than starting one from scratch. Rob and Regina describe their early venture as a rehabilitation project.

 

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PCB Chat 78: Peter Bigelow on 50 Years in PCB Fabrication

PCB Chat 78: Peter Bigelow on 50 Years in PCB Fabrication

June 11, 2021

IMI Inc., a printed circuit board fabricator in Haverhill, MA, celebrated its 50th anniversary in May. CEO and president Peter Bigelow joins Mike Buetow to discuss the company's golden anniversary, its focus on niche PTFE boards, and how manufacturing in the US might attract new talent for future prosperity.

 

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