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REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2019 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE I I-CONNECT007 129 ment has been with the IPC-2581 consortium. The nice thing is we're seeing that the industry is embracing these intelligent design standards more and more, which is also what's driving a lot of the interest in our products because peo - ple want to improve the handoff between design engineering and manufacturing, whether you're a captive manufacturer or external. Brian Cronin Systems subject matter expert, Aegis Software The show has been abso- lutely fantastic. We've gotten lots of leads and had a tre- mendous amount of traffic at our booth. Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportu- nity to walk around the show floor much because I've been so busy. The Tesla does give me car envy, though, and I don't need any of that (laughs). Peter Ellegaard CEO and founder, Acculitx Inc. We came to look at new manufacturing techniques and products, and we defi- nitely learned about some new vendors. We probably made three or four contacts that we'll follow up on and do some serious talking with. Overall, it's a very cool show. We love it. Walt Hills Electronic engineer, Rohrback Cosasco Systems Inc. What brought me here is a lot of interesting technolo- gies, such as the giant spring humidifiers. I'm a design engineer, so I'm trying to see what's out there, what's new, what other people are doing, and if we can do research for some of our prod - ucts that are up and coming. I am involved with a brand-new product—an environmental corro- sion monitor that does differential pressure and relative humidity and temperature. We're seeing where maybe some of those applications might go, and talking with some of the reps. Reps are very helpful, and some were giving us some advice on what to try, so it's nice to see that it's not cut-throat competition. It's more like, "If you can do better, maybe you can recommend some of our stuff." We're not directly competing with people; we're trying to supplement each other cooperatively. Edward Hockenberry President, Electronic Test Equipment Manufacturing Company (Etemco) When we've come to these shows in the past, we've been looking for something specific such as AOI equip - ment. This year, we're not looking for anything spe- cific, so we're looking at everything. I think what I've found interest- ing is that when you come to the show and you're not specifically shopping, you see more stuff. The rework stuff has also been pretty interesting. The X-ray counters opened our eyes a little bit as to what you can do with those. We have Samsung equipment, which is now Hanwha, so we were looking at their machines. It's pretty impressive pricing wise when you're looking at a machine that places 80,000 parts an hour. We bought a machine eight years ago that placed 20,000 parts an hour, and they're the same price now, which is pretty impressive. Edwin Hoh Business development manager, Keysight Technologies This is my first time at the show, and it has been great. I think it's the biggest collec- tion of all manufacturers from diverse backgrounds focused on PCB manufacturing. I also saw a tool company giving away drones where you did soldering and stuff onto the drone that you could take home.

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