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86 The PCB Magazine • May 2016 1 Happy's Essential Skills: Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Failure modes and effects analysis (FmEA) is a system- atic process to evaluate fail- ure modes and causes asso- ciated with the design and manufacturing processes of a new product. It is some- what similar to the poten- tial problem analysis (PPA) phase of the Kepner-Tregoe program. 2 Walt Custer Elaborates on his Annual IPC APEX EXPO Forecast Presentation IPC APEx ExPo 2016 has come and gone, and this year, Walt Custer's annual pre- sentation forecasting the upcoming year for the industry was much anticipated, as always. I met up with Walt at the show to learn about his presentation and dig deeper into his findings. 3 IPC President John Mitchell on the Past, Present, and Future, Part 1 We conducted this in- terview with IPC Presi- dent John mitchell on the show floor at IPC APEx ExPo to discuss the event, the changes on the IPC board, and the key metrics that IPC uses to measure their own performance and effectiveness. John also invites the industry to a unique challenge. 4 American Standard Appoints Dave Olson Vice President of Operations Anaya Vardya, CEo of American Stan- dard Circuits, an- nounced the ap- pointment of indus- try veteran Dave olson to the position of Vice President of operations. Top Ten Recent Highlights from PCB007

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