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78 SMT007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2020 Therefore, introductory training is our focus. In addition, employees will receive further edu- cation every year. After all, there will always be new knowledge and standards. CITs are our seeds. They have always been a part of the entire IPC process from establishment and discussion of standards, training on new standards to fur- ther the education of the CISs. That is their way to keep up with the industry and what makes us confident for the entire QML system. Yu: Any final comments? Zhang: QML is the process that combines the quality control system with IPC standards to integrate product development, engineering management, supplier management, mate- rial control, production and manufacturing, and cus- tomer satisfaction manage- ment together. It is where ASKEY is putting its efforts to deliver improved prod- uct reliability, stabilized production, and enhanced market competitiveness. We have joined the IPC standards technology team to take part in the develop- ment of IPC-6012D and IPC-610GA standards. We take part as an IPC user and will commu- nicate and cooperate with peers and experts from Europe and USA on the same platform. Looking into the future, ASKEY must continue to learn for self-improvement and to guide suppliers and customers in the process. In the electronics supply chain, we must build highly trusted sources and real-sense strategic partnerships for a win-win situation. SMT007 Edy Yu is PCB007 China's chief editor. In its first year of operation, the Intelligent Towing Tank (ITT) conducted about 100,000 total experiments, essen- tially completing the equivalent of a Ph.D. student's five years' worth of experiments in a matter of weeks. The automated experimental facility, developed in the MIT Sea Grant Hydrodynamics Laboratory, automatically and adaptively performs, analyzes, and designs experi- ments exploring vortex-induced vibrations (VIVs). Impor- tant for engineering offshore ocean structures like marine drilling risers that connect underwater oil wells to the sur- face, VIVs remain somewhat of a phenomenon to research- ers due to the high number of parameters involved. Guided by active learning, the ITT conducts a series of experiments wherein the parameters of each next experi- ment are selected by a computer. Using an "explore-and- Intelligent Towing Tank Propels Human, Robot, Computer Research exploit" methodology, the system dramatically reduces the number of experiments required to explore and map the complex forces governing VIVs. What began as then-Ph.D. candidate Dixia Fan's quest to cut back on conducting a thousand or so laborious experiments by hand led to the design of the innovative system and a paper recently published in the journal Science Robotics. Fan, now a postdoc, and a team of researchers from the MIT Sea Grant College Program and MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering, École Normale Supérieure de Rennes, and Brown University reveal a potential paradigm shift in experimental research, where humans, comput- ers, and robots can collaborate more effectively to accel- erate scientific discovery. (Source: MIT News)

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