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100 I-CONNECT007 I REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2019 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE ers whose efforts are worthy of mention, but I had a chance to speak to Dr. John Mitchell and David Bergman at some length. I find that their commitment to the new stan- dards and to educating the next genera- tion of young technicians and engineers inspiring. About the CFX standard, per IPC, "IPC CFX is an electronics manufactur- ing industry developed standard form- ing the foundation/backbone of Indus- try 4.0 applications. IPC CFX simplifies and standardizes machine-to-machine communication while also facilitating machine-to-business and business-to- machine solutions." On the show floor, numerous companies showed that they and their products supported the IPC CFX standard. If I were in need of new manufacturing equipment in 2019 and beyond, this is something that I would be sure to edu- cate myself on fully before making any pur- chase. There are going to be numerous articles regarding IPC APEX EXPO 2019, but one thing that stood out was the Executive Forum on Advancing Automotive Electronics. It is obvi - ous that the last few years have seen a signifi- cant increase in electronic content in today's automobiles and that trend will only increase. The prediction is that soon 50% of the cost of an automobile will be due to electronic content. This past year, the IPC Hall of Fame mem- bers set up a committee headed by Gene Weiner to inform and educate the industry on the trends, needs, and progress of the automo- tive electronics segment. A great deal of work went into arranging this event, and it was well worth the effort. The pre-show day of meetings does make it difficult for many to attend, but those who did found the event to be informative and valuable. The day-long series of talks by automotive and industry executives was especially quite valuable to those who plan on taking part in this growing market segment. Next year's IPC APEX EXPO will also be in San Diego during the first week of February. I hope to see many of you there. S&T

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