PCB Chat Episode 21 - Mark Finstad and Nick Koop

August 29, 2018

Mark Finstad is senior application engineer for Flexible Circuit Technologies. He has over 30 years of experience designing and manufacturing flexible circuits for commercial, medical, and military/avionics applications. He co-chairs the IPC-2223 Design Standard for Flexible Printed boards and coauthors the Ask the Flexperts column for PCD&F magazine.

Nick Koop is a senior field application engineer for TTM Technologies and has over 30 years of design, manufacturing and management experience in the flexible circuit industry. He developed and applied advanced PCB technologies to support a wide range medical, military, and global security applications. He is vice chairman of the IPC Flexible Circuits Committee, co-chair for the IPC-6013 Qualification and Performance Specification for Flexible Printed Boards Subcommittee, and coauthors the Ask the Flexperts column for PCD&F magazine.

They discuss real-life flex circuit struggles and how to overcome them with PCB Chat's Mike Buetow.

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PCB Chat Episode 20 - Brenda Baney

August 24, 2018

Brenda Baney has been addressing product environmental regulations for over 20 years.  She began with General Motors as a materials engineer, where she was at the forefront of the automotive industries material compliance reporting.  Brenda has led internal company projects on elimination of CFCs, lead solder, hexavalent chromium, and a myriad of other substances of concern. She has been a leader within both automotive and electronics industry groups covering topics like ionic cleanliness of printed circuit boards, lead-free solder, End-of-Life Vehicle, RoHS and REACH compliance, and is considered a supply chain expert for material content reporting.

​Baney was the Product Stewardship Manager for Delphi, where she led the reporting of complex material compliance data on hundreds of thousands of parts successfully. She also created an internal Conflict Minerals cross-functional team leading Delphi to be named as the Number One automotive component supplier in the 2015 Assent Conflict Minerals rating.

​In March 2016, Baney founded B Cubed Consulting, where she works with automotive & other durable goods suppliers to keep strategies on course and stay up-to-date on the latest negotiations between industry and global government enforcement bodies.

She speaks about the new latest amendment to California Prop 65, plus REACH, RoHS and other related regulation issues with Mike Buetow.

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PCB Chat Episode 5 - Joe Fjelstad

August 8, 2018

Verdant Electronics founder and president Joe Fjelstad has more than 40 years of international experience in electronic interconnection and packaging technology in a variety of capacities from chemist to process engineer and from international consultant to CEO. A well-known author and magazine columnist writing on the subject of electronic interconnection technologies, he has more than 180 US patents and another 100-plus international ones to his name. Prior to founding Verdant, Joe co-founded SiliconPipe, a leader in the development of high speed interconnection technologies. He was also formerly with chip-scale package developer Tessera, where he was appointed to the first corporate fellowship for his innovations. Joe speaks with Mike Buetow about the Occam Prize, a new award for design innovation.

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