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September 2016 • The PCB Magazine 9 Last, but of course never least, we have a fine article by Happy Holden. In this segment of his Essential Skills series, Happy takes on Lean manufacturing. This one is chock full of the practical and useful information we expect from Happy. So there you have it—a look at the industry we all love and love to complain about. Is it for you? Are you already there? Regardless, I do be- lieve you will find much useful info in here, so keep turning the pages. Be sure to tune in next month and learn all about leadership—what it takes to be a great leader, the changing roles of leaders, leadership training, tips on leading and more. You know you can have it delivered right to your inbox along with our daily newsletter just by subscrib- ing here. PCB Patricia Goldman is a 30+ year veteran of the PCB industry, with experience in a variety of areas, in- cluding R&D of imaging technolo- gies, wet process engineering, and sales and marketing of PWB chem- istry. Active with IPC since 1981, Goldman has chaired numerous committees and served as TAEC chairman, and is also the co- author of numerous technical papers. To contact Goldman, click here. Keith Sellers (NTS-Baltimore) gives a very nicely detailed description of the pertinent MIL standards that you may come across when building military product. While he doesn't cover every single specification, as Keith says, "…the list is a good representation of common documents…associated with a PCB's or PCA's place in the military market." Todd Kolmodin (Gardien Services) is our electrical test expert and true to form, he ex- plores the military and aerospace aspects of electrical testing for the most common MIL- specs, covering both rigid and flexible circuits. As you can guess (or perhaps already realize), it's not all that simple. Steve Williams (The Right Approach Con- sulting) tells us about an aspect of the aerospace specification AS9100, namely, FOD. Originally a requirement to prevent damage to aircraft engines from forgotten repair tools and similar foreign object debris/damage, it now encom- passes everything down to the bare PCB. Steve explains all parts of a good FOD program. Taking a little break from the military side of things, Barry Lee Cohen (Launch Communica- tions) tells us in his usual light way to "take so- cial media seriously." He's not talking so much about the social aspect as he is the media as- pect—using social media to spread the word about your company, your products, and espe- cially your expertise. It's getting to be necessary, so we might as well bite the bullet on this one. ARE WE FLYING YET?

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