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44 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I NOVEMBER 2020 An Update on Walt Custer's EIPC Business Outlook Webinar E "We're not out of trouble yet, but it's a whole lot better than a couple of months ago." Walt Custer's business outlook update, with empha- sis on the European electronics industry, attracted a capacity audience to EIPC's webi- nar on October 2. Pete Starkey details how it wasn't all bad news. Just Ask John Mitchell: The Exclusive Compilation E We asked for you to send in your questions for IPC President and CEO John Mitchell, and you took us up on it! We know you all enjoyed reading these questions and answers, so we've compiled all of them into one article for easy reference. We hope you enjoy having another bite at the apple. And if you'd like to hear more from John Mitchell, view his column series "One World, One Industry." Trouble in Your Tank: A Process Engineer's Guide to Interconnect Defects E For those associated with PCB fabrication, one of the biggest nightmares is often the infamous interconnect defect (ICD). Essentially, an ICD is a separation of the plating from the intercon- nect foil. In this column, Mike Carano focuses on Type 1 ICD and D-sep. The Big Picture: Globalization—Imagine a United States That Isn't United E What if the U.S. was fragmented with 50 state fiefdoms, each with their own rules and barriers blocking the free flow of goods and services across state lines? We cannot even imagine such a scenario, yet that is exactly what's happening—fortunately not across state lines, but across global borders. Mehul Davé advocates for starting the hard work to get globalization back on track. Punching Out! Bringing PCB and PCBA Industries Back to the U.S. E Although U.S. PCB companies have been wav- ing the flag for years, the COVID-19 crisis has shined a spotlight on the U.S. dependency on overseas suppliers for many electronics prod- ucts. Tom Kastner lists five ways production will come back to the U.S. American Standard Circuits Now Offers Copper Filled Blind Vias E West Chicago circuit board fabricator Ameri- can Standard Circuits now offers copper filled via technology. Insulectro Opens Shop With All-New Printed Electronics E-Commerce Site E Insulectro, the largest distributor of materi- als for use in the manufacturing of PCBs and printed electronics, rolled out its new online shopping center ( for con- ductive inks and pastes plus advanced sub- strates and films. EIPC Technical Snapshot: Automotive Technology E Although current circumstances have forced the postponement of its live conferences, sem- inars, and workshops, EIPC continues to pro- vide a platform for the exchange and dissemi- nation of the latest knowledge and technical information to the European interconnection and packaging industry. Pete Starkey details how its current series of technical snapshots, delivered in a webinar format, address tech- nology challenges facing the automotive, tele- com, and high-speed sectors of the industry.

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