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102 PCB007 MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2023 During the past few years, the ability to choose to work from home or the office has become a hot topic. When the pandemic was at its peak, working from home had obvious advantages. For many, it was a necessity, and then it became the norm. Now, employers are moving many positions back to the cor- porate office. Which is better for you? In two previous col- umns, I explored sever- al of the key competen- cies and processes re- quired to successfully jump into IC substrates. In this edition, the key process of desmear will be explored. These processing steps require ad- ditional improvements over normal through-holes due to small diameter through-holes and blind vias. Getting process chemistries down into these small holes can be very difficult, especially if they have any trapped air bubbles. After years of planning, Schweitzer Engineering Labora- tories is now manufacturing printed circuit boards in its new $100 million captive facility in Moscow, Idaho. I recently toured the facility with Engineering Director John Hendrickson, who managed the design and setup of the greenfield site, along with Mike Brask, president of Integrated Process Systems (IPS), a key supplier for the new Moscow facility. The Shaughnessy Report: Developing a Strategy How does a leader plan a strategy? In a field of competitors offer- ing basically the same services, how can your company differentiate itself? Will you be a cost leader, or focus on serving a niche market such as medical or defense? As we learn in the August 2023 issue of PCB007 Magazine, one question that successful leaders need to ask themselves is, "What do I not want my company to be?" Trouble in Your Tank: Processes to Support IC Substrates and Advanced Packaging, Part 3 Fein-Lines: The Road Less Traveled—Working From Home or the Office? A Look Inside SEL's New PCB Factory TOP TEN EDITOR'S PICKS

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