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NOVEMBER 2019 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 37 Chinese Review: The 2018 NTI-100 Top Global PCB Fabricators E NTI released the list of the world's top PCB manufacturers in 2018, and this information is of great interest to the industry to determine what is going on in the industry and analyze the global situation. I will examine the curren - cy exchange rate, company rankings, global distribution of the top-ranked companies, glob- al total PCB output, and the automotive sector. It's Only Common Sense: The Modern Salesperson E It's a new world, and the modern salesperson has to keep up or get run over; that's just that way it is. Dan Beaulieu shares five steps that every great, modern-day salesperson—from age 24 to 74—should be doing to be success- ful today. Standards: Why We Have Them and Live by Them E Have you ever designed a board but received feedback that it couldn't be manufactured un- less changes were made? Or maybe you've designed a complex board and sent it to the factory only to find out that the manufactur- er didn't build the board to your expectations? NCAB Group explains how PCBs are becom- ing more complex, factory options are grow- ing, and expectations for product life cycles are becoming longer. Printed Circuits Installs New Notion n.jet Direct Solder Mask and Legend Printer E Rigid-flex circuit board manufacturer Printed Circuits has purchased and will install a new Notion Systems n.jet direct solder mask and legend ink printer. Prototron Receives MIL-31032 and AS9100 Certifications E Kim O'Neil, general manager of Prototron Cir- cuits in Tucson, Arizona, discusses the com- pany's recent MIL-31032 certification and how this experience prepared them for the AS9100 certification. He also explains why auditing is a good thing for any company's processes and highlighted some of the areas that the auditors inspected. AT&S and Chongqing University Collaborate on Research and Education E It represents a milestone for AT&S as a first high-end IC substrates manufacturer in China partnering with one of the universities affiliat- ed to the Ministry of Education of China in re- search and education excellence. Communication, Part 2: Design Data Packages E Part 1 of this six-part series highlighted ways that PCB fabricators and designers can better communicate, starting with how to qualify a board shop. In Part 2, Bob Chandler and Mark Thompson talk about the importance of pre- paring, sending, and receiving comprehensive (and ideally, perfectly complete) design data packages. The Plating Forum: Update on IPC-4552 ENIG Specification Revisions E George Milad's columns will cover PCB plat- ing, IPC specifications, and more. In this debut installment, he gives us an update on the IPC- 4552 ENIG specification, including Revision A and B.

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