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98 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I MAY 2021 the colleagues from the D-75A-EU E-Textiles Wearables Standard Task Group in Europe, Chris Jorgensen from IPC, and Sigrid Rotzler, the Task Group vice-chair. Last but not least, I would like to express my thanks to IPC CEO John Mitchell for this award. Eltek Reports Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Results E Eltek Ltd., a global manufacturer and sup- plier of technologically advanced solutions in the field of printed circuit boards, announced its financial results for the full year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2020. APCT Increases Technology with Rigid Flex Optical Registration from DIS E APCT Inc has added Rigid Flex Optical Reg- istration™ (RFS), developed by DIS Inc of Islandia, N.Y., to enhance their PCB registra- tion capabilities. e RFS machine is built specifically to process difficult flex, rigid, and rigid-flex jobs. Using DIS, Inc proprietary Optical Registration™ technology in conjunc- tion with SmartWeld, the RFS has the ability to align inner-layers and pre-preg without the use of expensive pin-tooling. Trackwise Appoints Steve Hudson as COO E Trackwise is delighted to announce the appointment of Steve Hudson as Chief Oper- ating Officer. He will support CEO Philip Johnston in executing the company's strat- egy and vision as Trackwise expands to serve customers in its key verticals: automotive, aerospace, and medical. Insulectro Picks Paul Welter for Director of Sales for Dupont Chemistry Line E Insulectro, distributor of materials for use in manufacture of printed circuit board and printed electronics, has announced it has pro- moted industry veteran Paul Welter as director of sales for DuPont Chemistry. With Flex, Sometimes You Gotta Break the Rules E Sometimes in life, we need to break the rules. For example, in junior high I had a curfew but to have my first kiss, I had to break curfew. I got grounded, but it was worth it! My last article was about reasons to follow IPC design and inspection rules. is time, we are discuss- ing instances where, due to complex require- ments, customers are not always able to fol- low the rules. I will also discuss some design options that will hopefully keep you from "get- ting grounded." Averatek Announces A-SAP License Agreement with FTG E Averatek Corporation has announced FTG as an A-SAP licensee. A-SAP is an advanced PCB manufacturing technology that enables feature sizes of 25 microns and below, effectively pro- viding PCB designers with new opportunities to address the challenges of next-generation electronics. After Decades of E-Textiles Work, a Rising Star Award E Aer decades of work in my field, I was awarded the Rising Star award during IPC APEX EXPO 2021. I would like to thank my research team, all

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