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FEBRUARY 2019 I PCB007 MAGAZINE 85 5 ESI's Chris Ryder: There's More to Choosing a Laser Than You Think E At the recent HKPCA show, I sat down with ESI's Chris Ryder, director of product manage- ment—HDI—to discuss con- siderations for choosing a new laser system, and how ESI uses its decades of flex and rigid-flex drilling experience to help guide cus- tomers in their decision-making process. 6 Standard of Excellence: Keep Your PCB Supplier Sharp E The best way to create a sol- id and productive partner- ship with your PCB suppli- er—and all of your suppliers for that matter—is to keep an open line of communica- tion with them. No matter what kind of relationship you currently have with your suppliers, you can never communi- cate enough. Let them know at all times what you need from them. 7 Flex Time: Pointers for Your First Rigid-Flex Design E If you are new to rigid-flex designs—or have never done a rigid-flex PWB layout—you might wonder how it is simi- lar to and different from hard- board design. In this column, I'll address critical items you need to know to successfully create a stable and robust rigid-flex design. 8 Agfa on Revolutionary Inkjet Solder Mask Applications E Does inkjet solder mask have the potential for volume pro- duction? Mariana Van Dam, global sales manager for PCB imaging solutions, and Dr. Frank Louwet, business unit manager for advanced coat- ings and chemicals, discuss Agfa's latest de- velopments, plus some novel applications for inkjet etch and plating resists. 9 Mr. Laminate Tells All: Good Morning, Vietnam! E Many electronics-based OEMs and their supply chains are looking for China alternatives in the current economic and political landscape. Of all the remaining locations possible in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is coming to the forefront as a viable choice for successful export manufacturing. Every day, we see evidence of large OEMs shifting their focus to Vietnam. J Insulectro Names Tim Redfern President of Printed Electronics Division E Insulectro has named veteran industry exec Tim Redfern to helm its new printed electron- ics division. Redfern is man- aging partner of Redfern Part- ners and a past president and CEO of Insulectro. For the Latest PCB News and Information, Visit: PCB007.com Chris Ryder Pete Starkey Doug Sober Tim Redfern Bob Burns Anaya Vardya

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