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50 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I DECEMBER 2018 Substrates for Advanced PCB Technologies: What Will the Future Hold? E The UK chapter of the global IMAPS commu- nity of electronics and microelectronic packag- ing engineers shared a wealth of knowledge and wisdom about PCB substrate technology trends, developments, and future requirements in a webinar on the first of November. Increasing Productivity for Flex Fabricators E Barry Matties and Nolan Johnson of I-Con- nect007 met with Shane Noel and industry vet- eran Mike Jennings of ESI to discuss the intro- duction of their CapStone laser tool, a product aimed at doubling their flex circuit fabricators' throughput. Mike also shares advice for fabri- cators who are looking to move into the ever- growing flex market. It's Only Common Sense: What the Customer Really Means E As salespeople, one of the things that we spend a great deal of time doing is trying to interpret what the customer is telling us. We all can hear the customer and what they are saying, but so often, we don't know what they mean. Jeff Waters: Isola Updates E During PCB West 2018, Nolan Johnson and Barry Matties sat down with Jeff Waters, Isola CEO, to catch up on company activities, includ- ing the recent sale of the factory in Chandler, Arizona, the plan to build a new facility, prod- uct developments, current market dynamics, a new CFO, and much more. Powering the Flexible World E From 2019 we will come to a world with flex- ible electronics and batteries to power these devices have attracted tremendous attention. These devices may require batteries with special mechanical properties or form factors. IDTechEx Highlights World Firsts in Printed Electronics in 2018 E With the end of the year in sight, it's inter- esting to look back and review what has been new in the world of printed electronics in the last 12 months. This analysis is taken from the new IDTechEx Research report, "Flexible, Printed and Organic Electronics 2019–2029" covering the entire sector in great detail based on analyzing the industry for over 15 years. IPC Signs White House Pledge to the American Worker E IPC has signed the President's Pledge to the American Worker and committed to creating at least one million new training and workforce development opportunities in the electronics industry over the next five years. 150+ Years of Experience: Reflections with Three Industry Icons E You would be hard-pressed to find a more knowledgeable and experienced group than that of Gary Ferrari, Gene Weiner, and Happy Holden. In a brief interview with Barry Matties, these three industry icons consider the past, present, and future state of electronics manu - facturing while also offering advice to the new- est generation of manufacturers. Trouble in Your Tank: The Art and Science of Photoresist Stripping, Part 1 E Photoresist stripping has become a compli- cated process due to many unique resist for- mulations on the market. The first part of this column series looks at some of the most com- mon problems in photoresist stripping and offers strategies on how to address them.

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