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52 The PCB Design Magazine • September 2016 American Standard Circuits Now Provides DFM Software Anaya Vardya, CEO at American Standard Circuits, announces that ASC is now providing free design for manufacture (DFM) software on their website. Customers can simply upload their Gerber files to ASC's server and within approximately 60 minutes they will be emailed a detailed summary in PDF format. LPKF Equips German Armed Forces with Circuit Board Plotters LPKF ProtoMats machines conductive patterns out of fully coated substrates by contour milling. Con- tact and mounting holes are then drilled. The vi- sion system integrated in the ProtoMat E44 helps reliably detect the substrate position on the work- ing surface to ensure that the same area is covered on the front and back sides. Flex is Where it's at At the recent SMTA Ohio Expo event, Jack Baculik of Circuits LLC speaks with I-Connect007's Patty Goldman about the latest developments driving demand for flex and rigid-flex circuits. Smart Weapons Market Worth $15.64 billion by 2021 The report "Smart Weapons Market by Product (Missiles, Munitions, Guided Projectile, Guided Rocket, Guided Firearms), platform (Air, Land, Naval), Technology (Laser, Infrared, Radar, GPS, Others) & Region—Global Forecast to 2021," published by MarketsandMarkets, the market is estimated to reach USD 15.64 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 6.3% between 2016 and 2021. Military Satellites Market to Reach $14.37B in 2016 The military satellites market is set to be worth $14.37 billion in 2016, resulting from several ma- jor contracts in the United States, Israel and Rus- sia and continuing satellite fleet modernization in China and India, according to a new report by vi- siongain. DoD Announces Groundbreaking Policy to Stop Counterfeits The Department of Defense (DoD) yesterday is- sued a new regulation that will greatly reduce the risks of counterfeit microelectronics entering the military supply chain. Congressman Bill Johnson Visits TTM Technologies Manufacturing Facility in Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson (R-OH-6) met with ex- ecutives and employees of IPC-member company TTM Technologies, Inc. at their manufacturing fa- cility in North Jackson, Ohio. Coordinated by IPC, this visit is part of an ongoing effort to help policy- makers learn first-hand about legislative and regu- latory issues that impact the industry. Multiple Markets Merge for PCBs at H&T Global While at the SMTA-Ohio expo I met Rob DiGiovan- ni, VP of sales and marketing with H&T Global, a printed circuit manufacturer based in Florida. I was attracted to the H&T booth by a large photo of an Army jeep. I wanted to learn what this particular photo had to do with PCBs, and Rob had a ready answer. Event Review: 7th Electronic Materials and Processes for Space Workshop This year's Electronic Materials and Processes for Space Workshop discussed a wide range of tech- nology issues and developments when it comes to PCB fabrication and assembly for space applica- tions. From addressing reliability issues to dealing with cracks that may form during thermal cycling, to REACH regulations and their impact on space hardware, and tin whisker growths. Space Launch System Rocket Gets Updated Adapter for Journey to Mars NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is de- signed to be flexible and evolvable to meet a vari- ety of crew and cargo mission needs, and with an exploration upper stage (EUS) planned for future configurations, the rocket will require a new adapt- er to connect it to the Orion spacecraft. MilAero007 Highlights

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