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48 PCB007 MAGAZINE I JANUARY 2020 25-micron trace and space. I imagine that this technology, like any that is new to our market, will require a very collaborative approach with designers as the full potential of this capability is developed. What does Calumet Electronics have planned to help users through this learn- ing curve? LaBeau: Yes, the A-SAP™ process will require a unique collaborative process between design en- gineers, process engineers, manufacturing engi- neers, and product managers. Calumet is work- ing on assembling these teams to develop design tolerances that will feed back to our engineering services team and, ultimately, our partner—the customer. In addition, this technological devel- opment also offers a unique opportunity to en- gage with design software services to develop top-notch tools that will streamline the process through fabrication. Calumet is going to drive to provide the solutions through continual teach- ing of our customers and suppliers. Brassard: I also want to add that the Averatek A-SAP™ process requires wide-spread adop- tion if the technology is going to thrive and allow America to regain a competitive advan- tage in PCB manufacturing. With this in mind, Calumet is not only working through science, technology, and advancing toward full produc- tion capabilities, but we are also committed to teaching others. Let's face it—Calumet Elec- tronics is strong when the domestic electronics industry is strong. Dunn: What sessions will you be presenting and educating at during the IPC APEX EXPO show? When and where can people learn more? LaBeau: We will be presenting in two differ- ent formats on February 4. Please attend the semi-additive process technical session from 1:30–3:00 p.m. and the "Emerging Technology: Semi-Additive Process" panel discussion from 3:30–5:00 p.m. at the "Intersection." We will also be participating in a community of inter- est meeting on Wednesday morning. Dunn: And that session is by invitation, so if you are interested, please contact me. Thank you both for your time, and I look forward to seeing you at IPC APEX EXPO. Brassard: Thank you for talking with us today. LaBeau: It has been a pleasure to discuss the upcoming events at Calumet Electronics and IPC APEX EXPO. PCB007 Tara Dunn is the president of Omni PCB, a manufacturer's rep firm specializing in the PCB industry. To read past columns or contact Dunn, click here.

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