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50 PCB007 MAGAZINE I DECEMBER 2019 Technica USA Announces New Equity Investment to Fund Growth Plans E Technica USA, located in San Jose, California, announced that they reached an agreement on an equity investment that will be used to ex- pand the company's already successful busi- ness model. Meet George Milad, I-Connect007 Columnist E Meet George Milad, one of I-Connect007's newest columnists! George's columns will cov- er PCB plating, IPC specifications, and more. George is the recipient of the 2009 IPC Presi- dent's Award, chairs the IPC Plating Commit- tee, and is a permanent member of the IPC Technical Activities Executive Committee. 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. Four Key Developments From the 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 future trends of the PCB industry. It's Only Common Sense: The Right Way to Brand Your Company E Columnist Dan Beaulieu has helped a lot of com- panies develop their brand, and believes the best way to get started is to find their story. It's always there; you just have to find it. Like the Michel- angelo anecdote that claims he was fond of es- sentially saying, when faced with a huge block of marble, "There is a beautiful statue in there; it's just my job to find it." The same applies to a company's story. Here are some of the questions Dan asks the companies he works with. Chris Hrusovsky Joins IEC E Chris Hrusovsky has recently joined IEC (In- ternational Electronic Components). Chris will be building IEC's Central, Midwestern, and Eastern region sales and service capabilities. 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 within a robust hydraulic press inside a vacuum cham- ber design—are controlled using a temperature feedback loop that guarantees perfect fidelity between the press recipe and the press result. 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 com- ponent density that were once limited to the surface of a silicon wafer.

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