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144 I-CONNECT007 I REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2019 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE by Chris Mitchell IPC—ASSOCIATION CONNECTING ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES IPC's most recent annual conference and trade show, IPC APEX EXPO 2019, took place in late Jan - uary, and by all indi- cations, it was among the best IPC shows ever! The overall suc- cess and quality of IPC APEX EXPO is a testament to the innova- tion and growth taking place in the electronics industry as well as our members' passion and commitment to standards development, learn- ing opportunities, and pro-industry initiatives. Here are my top seven takeaways from APEX EXPO from the perspective of someone whose job requires translating our highly technical industry into everyday language that policy- makers and their aides can understand. 1 IPC's Connected Factory Exchange (CFX) Took Center Stage IPC-CFX is an industry standard designed to serve as the digital backbone of electron- ics manufacturing companies. By simplifying and standardizing machine-to-machine com- munications, CFX is establishing a foundation for Industry 4.0 applications. The surest sign of CFX's success were the dozens of exhibi- tor booths sporting "CFX supporter" placards. You couldn't miss them on the show floor, nor could you miss the interest in the two full-scale CFX demonstration lines, which hosted hourly tours throughout the week. To learn more, please visit or contact IPC VP of Standards and Technology David Bergman. Seven Takeaways From IPC APEX EXPO 2019

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