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30 The PCB Design Magazine • May 2015 PCB007 Highlights Bernie Kessler: Pioneering Spirit Then and Now I-Connect007's Patty Goldman sat down with long time friend and IPC Hall of Famer Bernie Kessler at IPC APEX EXPO 2015 in San Diego. Among other things, the two discussed the early days of IPC and the origins of APEX EXPO. Manz: A Total Process Solution At the recent CPCA Show in China, I-Connect007 Publisher Barry Matties had a chance to speak with Alex Liu, the deputy general manager of the PCB business unit for Manz. Manz has focused on creat - ing a process from direct imaging to wet process- ing. With more entrants into the direct imaging arena, Liu feels that this approach gives Manz and their customers an advantage. ESI's New Gemstone Changing the Rules for Laser I-Connect007 Publisher Barry Matties sat down at CPCA 2015 with ESI's Mike Jennings, who ex - plained the company's newest addition: Gemstone, an ESI-designed and manufactured laser system with 10,000 guaranteed hours, which is poised to change the rules in flex and other printed circuit processing. Key PCB Makers Strategize to Meet Industry Demands The computer/peripheral application is expected to witness the highest growth followed by the com - munication applications. Nippon Mektron, Zhen Ding Technology Holding Limited, Young Poong Electronics Co. Ltd., Unimicron Technology Corp., and Samsung Electro-Mechanics are among the major suppliers of PCBs. N.A. PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio Strengthens "Although North American PCB sales continued slightly below last year's levels in February, book - ings strengthened," said Sharon Starr, IPC's direc- tor of market research. "This increased the book- to-bill ratio…it has been in positive territory for the past five months, which is a positive indicator for sales growth in the first half of 2015." Multek CTO Excited about the Challenges of Fast-Moving Wearables Market I-Connect007 Publisher Barry Matties and recently- appointed Multek CTO Dr. Joan Vrtis sat down at IPC APEX EXPO to discuss the rapidly evolving wear- ables market, especially for medical, and the myriad questions that must be addressed. Other topics in- clude Multek's contribution to the wearables indus- try and what it sees as the main challenges to put- ting their circuits into various applications. Raising a Unified Voice for an Advanced Manufacturing Economy The electronics manufacturing industry is an impor- tant sector in the global economy, and John Hassel- mann, VP of Government Relations at IPC, is an ad- vocate for policies that will help our industry as well as the prosperity and welfare of billions of people. Reliability and Harmonization of Global Standards at Forefront of EIPC Efforts At IPC APEX EXPO 2015, I-Connect007 Technical Editor Pete Starkey caught up with EIPC's Michael Weinhold and Alun Morgan, who were happy to discuss both recent and ongoing focuses for EIPC. Also touched on was the importance of the align - ment of global standardization processes, especially for Asia. Are There Advantages to Changing Your Registration System? I-Connect007 Publisher Barry Matties recently had a conversation with DIS's Tony Faraci at IPC APEX EXPO 2015, to learn more about their pinless regis- tration system. What was most interesting to Matties was the potential advantages a pinless system offers and why the process has not been widely adopted. Schmoll Keeping an Eye on the Future— and on LDI In this interview, Thomas Kunz, who has been at the helm of Schmoll Maschinen as president since 1993, discusses the company's lengthy history in mechanical engineering (more than 70 years), cur- rent global scope, and what he sees as a steady pro- gression in directions that make the most sense to customers, which includes laser direct imaging. 30 The PCB Design Magazine • May 2015

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