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FEBRUARY 2020 I SMT007 MAGAZINE 109 5 Smart Factory Insights: What You No Longer Need to Learn E Naturally evolving layers of technological applications allow us to build and make progress, layer by layer, rather than staying relatively stag- nant with only incremental improvement. To gain ground in manufacturing, Michael Ford explains how we need to embrace next-layer hardware and software technologies now so that we can focus on applying these solutions as part of a digital factory. 6 Updates on Cleaning Standards and Committees E Graham Naisbitt of Gen3 dis- cusses the changes he sees in cleaning, including how the WP-019 white paper has caused a closer look at elec- trochemical reliability. As a long-time head of committees, Graham also breaks down many of the topics he hopes are addressed at this year's IPC APEX EXPO. 7 Zulki's PCB Nuggets: Successful PCB Microelectronics Assembly E In addition to coverage of PCB microelectronics subjects, Zulki Khan addresses one of the most crucial areas: PCB fabrication that creates the circuit board undergoing microelectronics assembly. The burning question is, "Why is fab- rication vitally important when it comes to suc- cessful microelectronics assembly?" 8 Engaging STEM Students at IPC APEX EXPO 2020 E At this year's IPC APEX EXPO, you're likely to see quite a few high school students moving amongst all the normal show activities thanks to the IPC APEX EXPO STEM Outreach Program. Launched two years ago at IPC APEX EXPO 2018, the 2020 version of the STEM Outreach Program will be larger and more immersive than ever before. 9 SMT Solver: Choosing the Right Defect E Ray Prasad addresses some key issues that are important for all of us to be aware of and learn about, especially for managers in SMT assem- bly and engineers who aspire to be future managers. Topics covered include choosing the right defect and developing a DFM and process recipe. J Digi-Key Electronics Supports Startups With CES 2020 Activities E At CES's Eureka Park, Digi-key launched its Startups Survival Guide, which features tools, re s o u rc e s, a n d f i rs t - hand accounts from suc- cessful startups to help guide innovators in their journey from ideation through production and beyond. For the latest news and information, visit Subscribe to our newsletters or premium content at my I-Connect007. Ray Prasad Michael Ford Graham Naisbitt Gunter du Plessis Zulki Khan

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