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60 SMT007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2020 ogy is a special rigid-flex design where the outer flex layers are increased in length, com- pared with the inner layers, by enough to keep them from interfering with each other and buckling. IPC's Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award Presented to Steve Pudles of Zentech Manufacturing E In recognition and acknowledgement of his extraordinary contributions to IPC and the electronics industry, Steve Pudles, president and CEO, Zentech Manufacturing, was pre- sented with the IPC Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award at IPC APEX EXPO on Tuesday, February 4 at the San Diego Convention Center. New Boeing 777X Completes Successful First Flight E The new Boeing 777X jetliner took to the skies on January 25, 2020, entering the next phase of its rigorous test program. Based on the popular 777 and with proven technologies from the 787 Dreamliner, the 777X took off in front of thousands at Paine Field in Ever- ett, Washington, for a nearly four-hour flight over Washington state before landing at Seat- tle's Boeing Field. Ravi Ravichandran Appointed as Chief Technology Officer of BAE Systems' Intelligence and Security Sector E BAE Systems Inc. has named Dr. Ravi Ravi- chandran as vice president and chief technol- ogy officer for the company's Intelligence and Security Sector. As CTO, he drives the devel- opment, integration, and transition of next- generation solutions that advance the compa- ny's current programs and future technology pursuits. Blackfox Trains Veterans for Good Manufacturing Jobs E Blackfox Training Institute has been training manufacturing technologists for over 20 years. Based in Longmont, Colorado, Blackfox is now focused on helping veterans of our armed ser- vices transition into good jobs in the manu- facturing sector. During IPC APEX EXPO 2020, Nolan Johnson spoke with Blackfox CEO Al Dill about the company's veteran training pro- grams, and how this effort is helping compa- nies fill jobs that might otherwise go unfilled. Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Appointed to the Board on Army RDT&E, Systems Acquisition, and Logistics, U.S. Department of Defense E Dr. Jennie S. Hwang was appointed to the Board on Army RDT&E, Systems Acquisition, and Logistics (BARSL), which has recently been established to advise the Assistant Secre- tary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA[ALT]), the U.S. Department of Defense, on national security, engineering, technological, operational, management, and logistical issues. Absolute EMS Inc. Passes AS9100 Rev D Audit with Zero Findings E Absolute EMS Inc., a leading provider of turn- key and consignment manufacturing ser- vices, is pleased to announce that it success- fully completed its 2020 surveillance audit for the AS9100 Rev D SAE International Aerospace Standard with zero findings. American Standard Now Offers Book Binder Rigid-flex Printed Circuit Boards E American Standard Circuits is now offering high-technology book binder rigid-flex printed circuit boards. Book binder rigid-flex technol- MilAero007 Highlights

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