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PCB Chat Episode 59: John Davignon of the HDP User Group

PCB Chat Episode 59: John Davignon of the HDP User Group

June 2, 2020

The HDP User Group is a nonprofit consortium that conducts electronics manufacturing research. Its members run the gamut of the electronics supply chain, from suppliers of raw materials to fabricators and contract manufacturers to OEMs. John Davignon, a project facilitator with HDP, explains the organization's structure and approach.

PCB Chat Episode 58: Dr. Christopher Tang on Supply Chain Changes in the Era of Covid-19

PCB Chat Episode 58: Dr. Christopher Tang on Supply Chain Changes in the Era of Covid-19

May 28, 2020

Dr. Christopher Tang is a UCLA Distinguished Professor and the holder of the Edward W. Carter Chair in Business Administration and editor of Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, the leading journal for the operations management research community.

His research spans across different areas including: global supply chain management, retail operations, and social business operations. He has co-authored one book  and co-edited four more,  and published over 100 academic articles in research journals and management articles in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and The Guardian. He also spent a combined 13 years at HP and IBM in supply-chain management, specializing in lean and just-in-time processes.

He offers his view on how the electronics supply chain might respond to the Covid-19 disruption -- and how it might not -- with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow.

Reliability Matters Episode 42: A Conversation with Cal State University’s Dr. Mike Stull about Entrepreneurship and Today’s Challenging Times

Reliability Matters Episode 42: A Conversation with Cal State University’s Dr. Mike Stull about Entrepreneurship and Today’s Challenging Times

May 28, 2020

With so many people out of work, Reliability Matters speaks with friend and colleague Dr. Mike Stull about entrepreneurship. Dr. Stull is a professor at California State University San Bernardino. He is the director of the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). He also serves as Chair for the Department of Management in the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration and academic director for entrepreneurship. 

Reliability Matters Episode 41: A Conversation with X-Ray Expert Keith Bryant

Reliability Matters Episode 41: A Conversation with X-Ray Expert Keith Bryant

May 27, 2020

Keith Bryant discusses the advantages of x-ray technology, its practical uses, and common mistakes made when using x-ray technology. A fully qualified engineer, Keith has over 30 years’ experience in electronics manufacturing.  He is well known and respected for presenting technical papers at many high-profile events around the world and for his many published articles and interviews. 

He started his career in this industry with bare printed circuit boards in the early days of high-count multilayer technology, moving through to running contract manufacturing operations. He had 10 years’ experience with advanced materials and soldering systems before working with high technology x-ray and AOI systems, again for 10 years. 

Then for almost three years Keith worked as a technology and business consultant, assisting many of the major industry names. From 2017 to 2019 he was global sales director of a leading x-ray manufacturer. Last year reverting to a technology and business consultancy role allowing him to pursue other interesting projects, including i4.0 and working with an advanced x-ray tube manufacturer.

Keith was chairman of the SMART Group for 11 years and is now chairman of SMTA Europe, and in 2018 he was presented with the SMTA International Leadership award.

 

PCB Chat Episode 57: Ted Conrad of Fireboard Labs Discusses the Make/Buy Decision

PCB Chat Episode 57: Ted Conrad of Fireboard Labs Discusses the Make/Buy Decision

May 20, 2020

Fireboard Labs is the creator of a cloud-based smart thermometer for kitchens and the grill. A startup -- Fireboard was founded in 2015 -- the company quickly made the decision to build its circuit boards in-house. Ted Conrad, the founder of Fireboard Labs, discusses that decision and lessons learned, plus a breakdown of their signature products, with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow.

PCB Chat Episode 56: Teresa Huber of Intervala Discusses EMS M&A and the Company’s Strategy

PCB Chat Episode 56: Teresa Huber of Intervala Discusses EMS M&A and the Company’s Strategy

May 13, 2020

Teresa Huber is president and CEO of Intervala, an EMS company based in Pittsburgh. She has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering technology from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MBA in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon. Prior to helping launch Intervala, she was chief executive for TMG Electronics, vice president of operations for the commercial electronics division of LaBarge/Ducommun, chief operating officer of Pinnacle Electronics, and spent 10 years with Sony Electronics in engineering, manufacturing and supply chain, including vice president of operations for Sony’s Pittsburgh Television Group.

She explains Intervala's strategy and reasons for acquiring Princeton Technology Corp., its expanding target end-markets, and the M&A environment for EMS companies today.

Reliability Matters Episode 40: A Conversation with Better Board Buying’s Greg Papandrew About Ways to Buy Boards Better

Reliability Matters Episode 40: A Conversation with Better Board Buying’s Greg Papandrew About Ways to Buy Boards Better

May 13, 2020

Do you purchase boards overseas or domestically? What questions should you ask your board vendor? PCD&F/CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY columnist Greg Papandrew answers these and other board-buying questions. Papandrew is cofounder of Better Board Buying and the author of PCB Basics for Buyers. 

PCB Chat Episode 55: Sebastian Schaal of Luminovo Discusses Machine Learning and AI in Electronics Manufacturing

PCB Chat Episode 55: Sebastian Schaal of Luminovo Discusses Machine Learning and AI in Electronics Manufacturing

May 5, 2020

Luminovo is a Munich-based startup working on applying machine learning to electronics development and production processes. Cofounders Sebastian Schaal and Timon Ruban have worked with major automotive companies like Audi, Volkswagen and Daimler on shop floor parts kitting, quality control and inventory tracking, and with Infineon on machine learning for semiconductor manufacturing. They are now focusing on accelerating electronics manufacturing from printed circuit board design through assembly. 

PCB Chat Episode 54: Dave Trail Jr. on MES and AR in Electronics Assembly

PCB Chat Episode 54: Dave Trail Jr. on MES and AR in Electronics Assembly

April 30, 2020

Dave Trail, vice president of sales for the SMT & Electronics Business Unit of Critical Manufacturing, has over 25 years of experience in electronics manufacturing equipment, processes, and manufacturing executions systems software. Throughout his career, he has been a pioneer and proponent of the evolution of manufacturing from Industry 3.0 to Industry 4.0, Big Data Analytics, and the Industrial Internet of Things, and he has helped to bring those tools to some of the world’s largest multinationals. Dave talks about the use of MES and augmented reality (AR) in electronics assembly with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow.

Reliability Matters Episode 39: A Conversation with Advanced Assembly’s Mark Hughes and Greg Ziraldo about Producing Reliable Assemblies within a CM Environment

Reliability Matters Episode 39: A Conversation with Advanced Assembly’s Mark Hughes and Greg Ziraldo about Producing Reliable Assemblies within a CM Environment

April 14, 2020

During this interview, Mike Konrad and guests Mark Hughes and Greg Ziraldo of Advanced Assembly discuss two papers:
Introduction to Reliability in Electronics: Tools and Metrics for Anticipating Device Failure
by Mark Hughes
https://tinyurl.com/rxmntru

Cosmic Mishaps: How Cosmic Rays Can Disrupt Your Design
Part 1: https://tinyurl.com/smccuf7
Part 2: https://tinyurl.com/ro4e5nt
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