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68 SMT007 MAGAZINE I AUGUST 2023 At the recent SMTA Oregon Tech Forum and Expo, Tim Anderson, a senior account manager at Omron, shares his insights on SPI, the latest trends in the industry, and some solutions to consider. As he points out, the SPI, AOI, and AXI systems of today do far more than simply catch defects. Since the start of the year, IPC has been work- ing with partners in the United States and Europe to find opportunities that put CHIPS Act legislation into effect in both regions. The EU's recent approval of an "Important Project of Common European Interest" represents a significant step toward bringing the silicon-to- systems value chain back to the region. In the U.S., we've been busy in Congress advocating for funds under the Defense Production Act to support the PCB sector and its designation as a national security interest. Available on I-007e and Spotify, Episode 6 of I-Connect007's pod- cast, On the Line with… features an interview with Siemens' Jonathan Fromm, product owner in predictive analytics, who introduces us to the "eight Rs" of sustainability. Fromm also draws parallels between the idea of think- ing globally and the act of crafting holistic sustainability initiatives. Omron Discusses SPI, AI and More The Government Circuit: IPC Advancing Silicon-to-Systems With Government Leaders It's a Team Effort: Final Episode in Sustainability Series Out Now TOP TEN EDITOR'S PICKS Trends today will determine the future, and things will change at such a rapid pace that the next 20 years will be nothing like the last 20 years. This is especially true when it comes to manufacturing. We already see the trends, ideas, and technologies we wouldn't have even dreamed of even 10 years ago. Personally speaking, I am constantly amazed at the high level of technology and automation we are bring- ing into our facility right now. Many of our new machines actually have artificial intelligence, where they learn as they work. They get smarter by doing what they should be doing. Standard of Excellence: Facing an Exciting Future Tim Anderson

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