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JANUARY 2023 I PCB007 MAGAZINE 99 Kirk T. Lockett Sr., former president, owner, and opera- tor of Intermoun- tain Circuit Supply, passed away on Dec. 7, 2022. Pete Starkey talks with Dr. Vitali Judin, the new busi- ness develop- ment manager at Rogers, on how the company is making a splash with new high frequency materials meant to address the rapidly evolving needs of the additive manufac- turing sector. Rogers determined that digital light processing (DLP) 3D printing technique brought the combination of speed and resolution necessary to make additive manufacturing reason- ably scalable, then partnered with Fortify to bring the process- ing consistency needed for the RF industry. According to GP Ventures' database, the number of PCB companies in North America is now down to 170. Just 22 months ago, the number was 199. Frankly, the actual number of active PCB manufac- turers in the United States and Canada is proba- bly closer to 150, but it is hard to keep track of the smaller shops. As they struggle to keep delivery times competitive, manufacturers are faced with a decision: Do I invest, or should I delegate? To stay competitive, a large percentage of capital must be slated for PCB manufacturing equipment. This is understandable as that is where the revenue is generated. Newer equipment begets higher technology builds and thus, more revenue. Like everyone else, I have been subjected to a lot of pointless meetings in my day. You know what I'm talking about: meetings where some blowhard pontificates for an hour, reveling in the sound of his own voice while the rest of us are stuck there, silently praying for release. Cupric chloride (CuCl2), if you recall my column "Etchants of the Industry: Cupric vs. Alkaline," is the second most used etchant in PCB etching next to alkaline etchant. It holds many benefits such as simple maintenance, easy wastewater treatment, reduced cost of etching, and efficient regeneration. For the latest news and information, visit PCB007.com Rogers: Bringing New Materials to Light Dan's Biz Bookshelf: End the Time Sink With 'Make Meetings Matter' Testing Todd: Decision Time— Invest or Delegate? The Chemical Connection: Cupric Chloride Regeneration Options Kirk Lockett Sr. of IEC USA Remembered Punching Out: When Less Might Actually Be More Dr. Vitali Judin Kirk Lockett Sr.

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