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112 The PCB Magazine • July 2017 1 I Never Realised it Was so Complicated! How many designers or assemblers have ever set foot in a PCB fabri- cation shop? Nowhere near enough! An initia- tive by SMART Group and Amphenol-Invotec gave a group of engineers from design, assembly and quality assurance positions the opportunity to learn a little about the realities of high-end PCB manufacture. 2 Fein-Lines: Virus, Phishing, Ransomware…Oh My! Malware, the collective name for viruses, Trojan horses and other mali- cious software that can infect your computer, has been in the news lately, probably more than at any time I can remember. Over the years, malware has evolved; it can affect smartphones and tablets as well as all computers. 3 Deep Into Technology at Compunetics There aren't many print- ed circuit companies in my neck of the woods. There is one, however, that has always fascinat- ed me, and that is Com- punetics, in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. Having worked with them on the electrophoretic photoresist, a PPG product, many years ago, it was great to stop by and catch up with CTO Tim Schmitt and others. 4 HDP User Group 2017 European Meeting Highlights Technology Progress The conference facility at the offices of Oracle, in the royal burgh of Linlithgow in West Lothian, Scotland, was the venue for the 2017 Europe- an meeting of the High Density Packaging User Group. I was delighted and privileged to be invit- ed once again to sit in on the open session, an in- tense programme of technical presentations and discussions, project reviews, status updates and new project proposals. TOP TEN Recent Highlights from PCB007

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