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20 SMT007 MAGAZINE I DECEMBER 2022 Standards committee work is where much of the heavy liing takes place for industry stan- dards. To the inexperienced eye, the commit- tee process can also seem as perplexing as it is crucial. In this conversation, Teresa Rowe, IPC's senior director of assembly and standards technology, highlights what to expect from standards committee sessions at IPC APEX EXPO 2023. New committees, revisions, lead- ership, awards, and thoughtful pauses to cel- ebrate achieving milestones are all part of the IPC APEX EXPO standards committee expe- rience. Nolan Johnson: Teresa, looking ahead to IPC APEX EXPO 2023's committee work, what is meaningful and compelling for attendees? Teresa Rowe: From a standards development perspective, we have new projects. First, we have a new project on magnification, as well as projects for Factory of the Future. We have a lot of leading-edge technologies, and we have some celebrations for the completion of some of our documents, IPC/WHMA-A-620E being one of them. We're continuing our work to release more things that industry is anxiously awaiting in 2023. It's an opportunity for us to see each other face to face and, as I like to say it, "families" getting together and having reunions. Johnson: Is there a sense that committee work is accelerating? Rowe: Yes. ere is a demand from industry for standards to be on the top of their game and it's a well-known fact that it takes a long time for some things to get into the documents. We must look at test data; sometimes we set up tests ourselves or with the groups and work through what that means for industry. But Feature Interview by the I-Connect007 Editorial Team Moving Faster, Working Better Standards Committees:

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