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REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2022 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE I I-CONNECT007 147 John Mitchell's "state of the industry" keynote, IPC released its monthly global sentiment and economic trends reports. In the latter, IPC Chief Economist Shawn DuBravac forecasts approximately 4% economic growth world- wide in 2022. Both reports can be accessed on IPC's website under Industry Intelligence. 8. John Mitchell Keynote: IPC CEO John Mitchell warned the industry to avoid the "false flat," a bicyclist's term for a slight incline that looks flat. Meaning: If the road ahead looks rel- atively easy, it's not a reason to rest but rather to invest. IPC's Factory of the Future initiative addresses the key drivers changing our indus- try: technological innovation; operational effi- ciencies; changing customer demands; supply chain resiliency; environmental, sustainabil- ity and governance (ESG) requirements; and workforce needs. All these drivers are forc- ing companies to modernize their operations to stay relevant in a rapidly changing global marketplace. e line in his speech that haunts me most: North America is 10 years behind Europe and Asia in the transition to the elec- tronics factory of the future. Ten years! Check out his keynote here. Presenter: Robert L. Jackson, Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University What is the most interesting question that your IPC APEX EXPO presentation answers? This paper predicts the current that a short caused by a tin whisker could conduct before melting. What is your answer to that question, and why? An equation is provided that makes the prediction based on the size of the whisker. What is the most important piece of advice that you have for your audi- ence? Numerical and theoretical models can provide insights into the performance of com- plex systems, but they should also be verified with experimental studies. IPC APEX EXPO: Conference Speakers Speak Out Electro-thermal-mechanical Modeling of One-Dimensional Conductors, Whiskers, and Wires Including Convection, and Considering Tin, Bismuth, Zinc and Indium

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