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40 The PCB Design Magazine • July 2017 interview, they discuss the importance of bringing youth into the PCB industry and how Noisebridge has inspired people of all ages to get started creat- ing their own electronics. Global Impact on European PCB Fabrication: EIPC Summer Conference 2017, Day 1 Electronics industry professionals from 13 coun- tries, mainly from Europe and Scandinavia, others from the USA, but some from as far away as In- dia and Japan, gathered in Meriden, the centre of England, for the EIPC Summer Conference. Innovator Bob Tarzwell Retires from PCB Industry to Focus on New Career in Art I have known Bob Tarzwell for more than 18 years, since he first called me looking for some help with his company. His first words to me were, "Hi, my name is Bob Tarzwell and I own a shop in Carleton Place, Ontario. I need your help." All About Flex: Back-Bared Flexible Circuits Back-bared pad flexible circuits are a distinctive type of single-sided flexible circuit providing some advantages over more standard circuits. In the printed circuit industry, back-bared pad circuit de- signs are also referred to as dual-access or reversed bared. 14th Electronic Circuits World Convention The 14th Electronic Circuits World Convention (ECWC14) started in Seoul to the usual fanfare af- ter the opening ceremonies of KPCA 2017. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was conducted by KP- CA's Jung Bong Hong and the representatives of the other WECC members. Eltek Appoints Kathy Nargi-Toth as President of Eltek USA Inc. Eltek Ltd., a global manufacturer and supplier of technologically advanced solutions in the field of printed circuit boards, has named Kathy Nargi- Toth as president of Eltek USA Inc., the company's US subsidiary, effective June 5, 2017. I Never Realised it Was so Complicated! How many designers or assemblers have ever set foot in a PCB fabrication shop? Nowhere near enough! An initiative by SMART Group and Am- phenol-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. Fein-Lines: Virus, Phishing, Ransomware…Oh My! Malware, the collective name for viruses, Trojan horses and other malicious software that can infect your computer, has been in the news lately, prob- ably more than at any time I can remember. Over the years, malware has evolved; it can affect smart- phones and tablets as well as all computers. Deep Into Technology at Compunetics There aren't many printed circuit companies in my neck of the woods. There is one, however, that has always fascinated me, and that is Compunetics, 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. 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 invited once again to sit in on the open session, an intense programme of technical presentations and dis- cussions, project reviews, status updates and new project proposals. Mitch Altman Discusses Bringing Youth into the PCB industry Publisher Barry Matties is joined by Mitch Altman, creator of TV-B-Gone, a device that can turn off TVs in public, and co-founder of Noisebridge, an edu- cational hackerspace based in San Francisco. In this PCB007 Highlights

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