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98 SMT007 MAGAZINE I NOVEMBER 2019 1 Powerful Prototypes: Never Assume—A DFM Story E Duane Benson writes a lot of words about DFM and best practices for PCB layout. Working for a manufacturer, he regularly sees the results of not taking DFM seriously. DFM is something never to be taken for granted at any point in the design cycle. 2 Zulki's PCB Nuggets: A Better Grasp of Glob Top Epoxy Factors E In Zulki's last column, he cited important aspects of glob top epoxies, calling attention to the fact there are different epoxy manu- facturers. In this column, he continues to emphasize six other important factors of glob top epoxies. 3 Smart Factory Insights: Recognizing the Need for Change E We are reminded many times in manufactur- ing that "you cannot fix what you cannot see" and "you cannot improve what you cannot measure." These annoying aphorisms are all very well as a motivational quip for gaining better visibility of the operation. However, the reality is that there is a lot going on that no- one is seeing. 4 IPC Panel on Bottom-terminated Components E Andy Shaughnessy sat down with Tom Rovere, a materials and process engi- neer at Lockheed Martin in Owego, New York. They explored a panel discussion on bottom-terminated com- ponents (BTCs) that Tom participated in as well as the challenges and issues related to BTCs and the important role that designers play in that process. Editor's Picks from Duane Benson Zulki Khan Tom Rovere

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