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114 SMT007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2019 1 Advanced Electric Technology Opens New Facility in Ayer, Massachusetts E Advanced Electric Technology is a fully equipped brand-new facility. It will offer all CEM services, including surface mount, through-holes, NPI, BGA and micro-BGA, pro- totypes, quick turn, cable and wiring assem- blies, box builds, and sorting and reworking of assembled boards. 2 Powerful Prototypes: Eight PCB Assembly Tips for 2019 E It's now 2019, and we are in for a wild ride. The last few years have been pretty crazy, and 2019 looks to continue that trend but amped up. While predictions might be fun to muse upon, they re- ally won't help you get your job done. So, here are eight top pieces of PCB assembly advice for the coming year to make up for that. 3 Punching Out! Beware of Cultural Issues in M&A Deals E Company culture is hard to define and manage, but it is a criti- cal factor in making an M&A deal successful. It is also often ignored or misunderstood during and after due diligence because culture is a "soft" science instead of a "hard" subject like finances, legal con- tracts, IP, or accounts receivable, among other things, which makes culture a difficult factor to deal with. 4 IPC Finalizes CFX Standard E IPC announces unanimous ballot approval of IPC-2591, the Connected Factory Exchange (CFX) initiative, by the 2-17 Connected Factory Initiative Subcommittee. Editor's Picks from Duane Benson Tom Kastner

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