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PCB Chat Episode 67: Brad Griffin of Cadence on EMI Simulation Tools

PCB Chat Episode 67: Brad Griffin of Cadence on EMI Simulation Tools

October 30, 2020

Brad Griffin, product management group director at Cadence, returns to PCB Chat to discuss Clarity 3D Transient Solver, a new system-level simulation solution that solves EMI system design issues up to 10 times faster than legacy 3-D field solvers, and handles workloads that previously required anechoic test chambers to ensure EMC compliance. 

 

Reliability Matters Episode 54: A Conversation with Michael Ford about Digital Twin

Reliability Matters Episode 54: A Conversation with Michael Ford about Digital Twin

October 29, 2020

Michael Ford and Mike Konrad talk about Digital Twin, its purpose, value, and its future.

Michael Ford, senior director of emerging industry strategy at Aegis Software, has more than 30 years working within the electronics assembly manufacturing space. With a degree in electronics from the University of Wales, he started his career with Sony in the UK, creating software solutions as he acquired a broad range of manufacturing knowledge. He spent eight years working in Japan, which provided Ford the opportunity to expand his innovation and leadership on a global enterprise scale.

Today, Ford is senior director of emerging industry strategy for Aegis Software. Having worked with specialized software solution providers in the industry, he is an established thought leader for Industry 4.0 and smart factories. He is also actively working on industry standards with the IPC, including his position as chair of new traceability standard, IPC-1782.

Earlier this year, Ford's thought leadership on Industry 4.0 manufacturing and development of the IPC Connected Factory Exchange (CFX) was formally recognized when IPC awarded him with its President’s Award.

Reliability Matters Episode 53: Meet the Press - A Conversation with Industry Journalists about the State of the EMS Industry

Reliability Matters Episode 53: Meet the Press - A Conversation with Industry Journalists about the State of the EMS Industry

October 15, 2020
In this episode, Mike Konrad speaks with Mike Buetow, Editor in Chief of PCD&F/CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY, Trevor Galbraith, publisher of Global SMT and Packaging, and Philip Stoten of Scoop TV. We discuss the state of the electronics assembly industry, the effects of COVID-19 on our industry, emerging technologies, and more.
PCB Chat Episode 66:  Charles Hutchins Award Winner Andrew Daya on DfM and Mentoring

PCB Chat Episode 66: Charles Hutchins Award Winner Andrew Daya on DfM and Mentoring

October 2, 2020

We hear a lot about the graying of the PCB industry. Charles Hutchins Award Andrew Daya  has been working in the industry fulltime for about six years and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. He talks about his jobs to date, which include Garmin, Anaren and Bose, how design and manufacturing can and do (or don't) work together, and what winning the Hutchins Award and getting involved in SMTA has meant for his career.

Reliability Matters Episode 52: A Conversation with Conformal Coating Expert Dr. Sean Clancy of HZO

Reliability Matters Episode 52: A Conversation with Conformal Coating Expert Dr. Sean Clancy of HZO

September 24, 2020

Dr. Sean Clancy and Mike Konrad discuss the various types of conformal coatings designed to protect circuit assemblies from moisture and other hazards. They discuss coating best-practices and current IOT-based products that are increasing the need for protecting circuit assemblies from harsh environments.

Clancy is director of coating technology at HZO, where he leads a group developing thin-film conformal coatings.

Throughout his career, he has assisted hundreds of organizations with electronics manufacturing failure analysis, as well as developed functional coatings and materials for corrosion protection, charge storage, chemical sensing, light emission, and medical research.

 

Sean holds an Adjunct Professor appointment at the University of Utah's Materials Science and Engineering Department and has previously provided consulting services in the STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics).

 

Sean earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California, his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Florida, and his Certificate in Project Management from the University of Delaware.

 

Dr. Clancy may be reached here:

sclancy@hzo.com

 

Reliability Matters Episode 51: A Conversation with X-Ray Expert and Entrepreneur Dr. Bill Cardoso

Reliability Matters Episode 51: A Conversation with X-Ray Expert and Entrepreneur Dr. Bill Cardoso

September 11, 2020

Bill started his first company in Brazil at age 17 and sold it a few years later to move to the US to work for the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to do nuclear and high energy physics research. As the Department Head for Systems Engineering and after a 10-year long career at Fermilab, He moved from Chicago to southern California to start Creative Electron from his garage

Bill was what could be described as an early achiever, earning his associates degree at age 13!

Bill earned a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and MS and a Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

PCB Chat Episode 65: Moriah Root of Z-Axis on Millennials in Manufacturing

PCB Chat Episode 65: Moriah Root of Z-Axis on Millennials in Manufacturing

September 7, 2020

Moriah Root is quality manager at Z-AXIS, an EMS firm in New York state. She just won a “Millennials in Manufacturing” Award from FuzeHub, the statewide Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center for New York State, for "young professionals doing their part to strengthen New York State’s manufacturing industry."

She speaks with Mike Buetow about the award, what attracted her to electronics manufacturing, and whether being a millennial shapes her perspective of the industry.

Reliability Matters Episode 50 - A Conversation with IPC’s Matt Kelly on Factory Modernization and Supply Chain of the Future

Reliability Matters Episode 50 - A Conversation with IPC’s Matt Kelly on Factory Modernization and Supply Chain of the Future

August 26, 2020

IPC’s new chief technologist Matt Kelly will help IPC’s members to engage in latest technology trends and supply chain transformation that continues to evolve across the electronics industry. He will work to define the scope of what future products and services the association should develop in the areas of standards, education and advocacy. Kelly’s primary areas of focus will be leading the following initiatives: “factory of the future” standards and technical research; industry intelligence funding; and creation and launch of an Industry CTO Council.

Kelly comes to IPC following a 14-year career at IBM Corporation, holding several senior technology and engineering leadership positions within IBM Systems Division. His technical contributions include 25 patents, 80 publications, and numerous industry awards from NAM, ASM, SMTA, IPC, and IBM.

Very familiar with IPC’s standards development process, Kelly has served on seven technical committees and currently serves as vice chair of the 5-21H Bottom Termination Components Task Group and co-chair of the 2-17 Connected Factory Initiative Subcommittee.

PCB Chat Episode 64: Electronics Supply Chain Management, with Hassan Tawawalla and David Palos of Molex

PCB Chat Episode 64: Electronics Supply Chain Management, with Hassan Tawawalla and David Palos of Molex

August 21, 2020

What are electronics companies doing, strategically and tactically, to adjust to today’s sourcing and manufacturing climate? Hassan Tawawalla, business unit director of the Printed Circuits Solution division at Molex, and David Palos, materials supervisor at Molex, join Mike Buetow to discuss inventory levels, double-bookings, supply chain transparency, and the need for companies to insulate themselves against shortages.

Reliability Matters Episode 49:  A Conversation with SMTA’s Tanya Martin and Greg Vance about SMTAI 2020

Reliability Matters Episode 49: A Conversation with SMTA’s Tanya Martin and Greg Vance about SMTAI 2020

August 11, 2020

Numerous exhibitors are taking part in this new format. More than 100 technical presentations and papers will be available on-demand. Additionally, nine 3.5 hour professional development courses will be presented live!

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