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54 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2023 Flexible Thinking: A Patently Innovative Resolution E e month of January is named for the Roman god Janus, a two-faced deity whose role is to watch over doorways, the comings and goings of individuals, and the passage of time. In January, individuals oen make resolutions to themselves; though following through on these resolutions may be short-lived, a new year oen prompts us to be mindful of the need to make some improvements in our lives—whether personal or professional. IPC Debuts First Issue of IPC Community at IPC APEX EXPO 2023 E On January 23, at IPC APEX EXPO 2023, IPC, in partnership with IPC Publishing Group, launched an industry-specific quar- terly publication (a digital publication with a special print edition for show participants), "IPC Community." e publication celebrates member success while sharing the important work being done within the association to bet- ter serve its members and the global electron- ics manufacturing community. U.S. Debut of Ventec's New Range of PCB Laminates at IPC APEX EXPO 2023 E Ventec's expanding range of PCB materials is designed to meet the technology needs of the PCB manufacturing industry. With laminates specifically developed for use in demanding conditions, Ventec's products provide reliabil- ity and high-performance, supported by Ven- tec's fully controlled and managed global sup- ply chain to ensure dependable delivery even in an unpredictable worldwide landscape. Designers Notebook: Flexible Circuits for In-line SMT Assembly Processing E Incorporating surface mount components directly onto a flexible circuit's etched cop- per land patterns is not unlike the assembly process used for rigid circuit boards. To maxi- mize robotic assembly efficiency and increase throughput of the flexible circuit, however, the circuit design engineer will need to provide a format that includes all features required for in- line assembly processing. MKS Continues to Increase Performance for CapStone Flex PCB Drill System E MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that enables advanced pro- cesses and improve productivity, at IPC APEX 2023 announced the launch of SPOT ON™, an optional feature upgrade available for the CapStone™ laser via drilling system. SPOT ON increases system uptime through early warning of spot quality deviation and increases the Cap- Stone's yield performance by reducing leading causes of via quality degradation. Rogers Appoints Senior Vice President of Global Operations and Supply Chain E Rogers Corporation announced the appoint- ment of Larry Schmid as Senior Vice Presi- dent, Global Operations and Supply Chain. In this role, Schmid will direct the operational and supply chain organizations across Rogers' global operations, including in the U.S, China, Belgium, Germany, England, South Korea, and Hungary. He will also implement Rogers' ongoing operational excellence initiatives to improve financial performance.

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