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66 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I NOVEMBER 2020 The Government Circuit: U.S. and European Lawmakers Eyeing Changes That Would Affect Our Industry E The seasons may be changing, but IPC's com- mitment to advocating for the electronics manu- facturing industry remains constant as we look to position our industry for success in the com- ing year. Chris Mitchell shares some highlights of the top issues IPC is focused on this month. Programs for Veterans: A Blackfox Update E At IPC APEX EXPO 2020, I spoke with Al Dill, president and CEO of Blackfox, about the Evo- lution Foundation, a nonprofit program to assist veterans with training and assistance into civil- ian tech jobs. Here, we get an update from Dill, Jahr Turchan, director of veteran services and advanced manufacturing programs, and Sharon Montana-Beard, VP and director of sales and operations, on Blackfox's programs for veterans. STI Achieves AS9100D Certification E STI Electronics Inc.—a full-service organi- zation, providing training services, training materials, analytical/failure analysis, prototyp- ing, and contract PCB assembly—announced received AS9100D recertification for manufac- turing/engineering services and initial certifi- cation for its Training Resources Division. From The Hill: Pillars of Mil-Aero Technology and Revenue E The military-aerospace (mil-aero) electron- ics business is always in constant flux as new methodologies, like AI and space, create the know-how for new PWB designs. Mike Hill captures some of the most unusual old and new design ideas to support the notion that mil-aero revenue will continue to increase. Understanding MIL-PRF-31032, Part 4 E Continuing with Part 4 of the discussion on understanding the military PCB performance standard MIL-PRF-31032, Anaya Vardya explains how the next step in the process is to create four new procedures to address the unique requirements of the military. Defense Speak Interpreted: Rad-Hard Electronics E Have you ever seen electronics described as "rad-hard," or radiation-hardened, and won- dered what that meant and how that was done? Did you like me just assume that "rad-hard" and "expensive" were synonymous? Did you think that this was a Defense Department term since they deal with nuclear weapons? Denny Fritz explores this and more. Mr. Laminate Tells All: Is Your Laminate and Prepreg Supplier Cheating? Only One Way to Find Out E According to Doug Sober, a huge void now exists in the base materials specifications for PCBs and PCB assemblies with the inactivation of MIL-S-13949 for base materials and the loss of the military's oversight function. IPC-4101 replaced the specification for MIL-S-13949, but there was no mechanism established for an oversight function. Sabrewing Aircraft Receives $600 Million Order for VTOL Aircraft E Sabrewing Aircraft Company has announced an exclusive representation agreement with Ara- bian Development & Marketing Co. (ADMC) headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The five-year renewable agreement includes exclu- sivity for Saudi Arabia, the GCC, and the Pan- African region.

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