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60 PCB007 MAGAZINE I OCTOBER 2021 Feature Interview by Barry Matties I-CONNECT007 Barry Matties interviewed omas Walsh and Travis Houchin of Integrated Process Systems regarding industry trends they're see- ing in capital expenditure and the changes they have noticed in their customers' require- ments. Barry Matties: You have added some new peo- ple in the last year or so. How many people are now at IPS? Thomas Walsh: We have over 60 now. e com- pany wanted to expand the sales, service, and engineering teams—we added a few engineers, inside service, parts, and our plan is still to add more field guys. IPS has enough equipment in the field now which demands that we have traveling service employees. at is a focus right now. Made in the USA Matties: You're coming in as the national sales director of technical sales. What's your back- ground? Walsh: I started in PCBs at Hewlett-Pack- ard in Loveland, Colorado in 1993. I was an engineering manager at Unicircuit, then I was in international technical ser vice for Uyemura for several years before going into semiconductor manufactur ing and metal finishing. Matties: You've gained a lot of experience about the processes employed. How is that translat- ing into the work that you're doing now? Walsh: When I was inside a shop as an engi- neer, I worked with our equipment suppliers very closely to help design our line so that it fit our manufacturing needs. Being in the field and working in multiple industries helped me understand that there are many different ways

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