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58 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I DECEMBER 2019 The Government Circuit: U.S.-China Tariff War Threatens American Jobs and Investments E Fifty-five percent of companies report they are facing higher costs as a result of higher tariffs, which are affecting, on average, about one- third of the total dollar value of the products they import. Some companies say their costs have increased more than the direct costs of the tariffs due to higher administrative and op- erational burdens to sort it all out. Chris Mitch- ell explains Miniaturization Continues: Day 3 productronica Coverage E The conversations on day 3 of productronica continued, including topics such as flexibility, 5G capabilities, and increased data and intel- ligence. The theme from test and inspection equipment providers included increased ca- pabilities in sensing, material handling, and visual inspection technologies. And through it all, one common perspective emerged time and time again: PCB manufacturing is now ap- proaching the levels of line, trace, and compo- nent density that were once limited to the sur- face of a silicon wafer. Future Trends in Flying Probe Testing E Peter Brandt, director of sales for Europe and Ja- pan at atg, sits down with Pete Starkey and Bar- ry Matties, gives his views on market require- ments and testing technologies, and explains how flying probe testing is becoming the indus- try standard at all levels of production—and in many cases, the only practicable solution. Four Key Developments From TPCA Show E The recent TPCA Show 2019 attracted 31,926 attendees who had the chance to visit 1,432 booths erected by enterprises from 420 coun- tries. In addition, the topics brought forth by the 57 seminars and keynote forums held at the recent IMPACT 2019 have directed the fu- ture trends of the PCB industry. The organizer found the following key extended topics. SCHMID Group Installs PlasmaLine at Hofstetter PCB AG E SCHMID Group installed the first PlasmaLine comprising ICP etch and sputter deposition of its Korean JV SCHMID AVACO at Hofstetter PCB AG in Switzerland. Multilayer Press Technology Using Magnetism to Produce Lamination Heat E A revolutionary concept in multilayer press technology has been developed that uses elec- tromagnetic energy to heat the existing stain- less-steel separator plates with a never-before dreamed-of accuracy and precision. The heat- ing and cooling systems—embedded with- in a robust hydraulic press inside a vacuum chamber design—are controlled using a tem- perature feedback loop that guarantees perfect fidelity between the press recipe and the press result. International Electronics Circuit Exhibition Shenzhen Presents Technical Conference E Organized by Hong Kong Printed Circuit As- sociation (HKPCA) and China Printed Circuit Association (CPCA), The 2019 International Electronics Circuit Exhibition (Shenzhen)— formerly the International Printed Circuit & APEX South China Fair—will present the lat- est market and technology innovations and trends.

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