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MAY 2020 I PCB007 MAGAZINE 9 Nolan Johnson is managing editor of PCB007 Magazine. Nolan brings 30 years of career experience focused almost entirely on electronics design and manufacturing. To contact Johnson, click here. sanitizer and other supplies—and other nor- mal vendors unable to fill orders for personal protective equipment (PPE)—the challenge be- came complying with health and safety regula- tions so that manufacturing could stay open. Some company leaders responded in a typi- cal fashion for a manufacturer by building their own. There's the equipment manufacturer who bought mask-making machinery and has been producing PPE for their staff worldwide. Multiple companies have added hand sanitizer manufacturing on-site, protecting workers and their families. Health and safety usually fall under the purview of human resources depart- ments, which has now spun on the balls of their feet to defend against the opposition, so to speak. HR departments are at the forefront of this activity. But our priorities are changing around. In this issue, for example, we talk with Rogers Corporation's Roger Tushingham about ma- terials availability in the supply chain. Matt Stevenson from Sunstone Circuits documents a day in the life of a PCB fabricator adapt- ing to the sudden changes, and Paul Benke and Michaela Brody from Zero Defects shine a light on the shift in the equation for engi- neering services; perhaps there is more oppor- tunity in outsourcing this job function under the new constraints? Ken Michael from Dox Electronics, the cybersecurity experts, reminds us of the key fundamentals in keeping data and communications secure as we work in a more distributed model. Our columnists pick up the priorities torch as well this month. Todd Kolmodin discuss- es "Down-shifting to the New Normal," Tara Dunn reminds us that "It's the Little Things," and Raymond Goh emphasizes how "It's All About Being Prepared." Ranging wider afield, Mike Hill puts a "twist" on military specs, George Milad dives into nickel corrosion in EN- EPIG, Steve Williams continues his series on "Guerilla Tactics to Pass Any QMS Audit," and Mike Carano peels apart issues on lamination and delamination. Dr. John Mitchell also inter- views Matt Kelly on the future of electronics. Keeping you informed with technical infor- mation, this issue includes articles from In- tegrated Test Corporation's Brandon Sherrieb and Steve Karas on characterizing interconnect technology and Nikolaus Schubkegel on plas- ma use in PCB fabrication. PCB007

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