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52 The PCB Design Magazine • December 2016 Weiner's World This year's TPCA (Taiwan Printed Circuits Associa- tion) show held October 26–28 seemed to have lighter attendance than last year. Robots were on display everywhere, with lot of loaders and unload- ers as well as the multi-axis, multipurpose types. Walt Custer's Global Market Outlook With 2016 winding down, Walt Custer shared his end-of-the-year market research data with me at the recent electronica trade show in Munich, Ger- many. In our interview, Walt breaks down his find- ings and offers insight into the changing trends as we head into 2017. IPC Standards Committee Reports— Printed Board Design, Testing, FlexCircuits, High-Speed/High-Frequency, Rigid Printed Boards These standards committee reports from IPC's 2016 Fall Committee Meetings have been com- piled to help keep you up to date on IPC standards committee activities. This is the first in a series of reports. All About Flex: Specifying a Flexible Circuit IPC has created a specification document, IPC 6013, which is referenced for many flex circuit applica- tions. This commercial document, in combination with the CAD data and print, is used as the product specification. Most flexible circuitry fabricators' in- ternal quality standards are based on IPC 6013. Lenthor Engineering Adds Salina Galindo-Luna to their Executive Team California based designer, manufacturer and as- sembler of rigid-flex and flex printed circuit boards, Lenthor Engineering, announces the addi- tion of the newest member of their executive staff, Salina Galindo-Luna. In her new position, Salina will help Lenthor improve their services by stream- lining production processes and eliminating waste to promote sustainable change. EPTE Newsletter: Printable Electronics— A Practical Solution? I attended a printable electronics workshop in Ja- pan a couple of weeks ago. The 200-person crowd was made up of people from R&D organizations, material suppliers and machine manufacturers. No one there could be termed a customer; everyone was there to learn and discuss the latest printable electronics. Standard of Excellence: Let's Get Flexible Although flex and rigid-flex technology has been around for many years, it is only in recent years that it has come into its own. The reason for the increased requirements for the flex and rigid-flex technology is simple: Devices are getting smaller. Schoeller Electronics Presenting a New Organizational Structure in North America At the recent SMTA International show in Rose- mont, Illinois, I met Padraig McCabe at Schoeller Electronics Systems' booth. It was obvious that they had a lot going on so it was good to be able to sit down and get the full story of their new orga- nizational structure, name change and the recent acquisitions of PCB companies. Streamline Circuits: The Importance of Being a Sales-Driven Organization I recently had the pleasure of catching up with Tom Doslak, senior VP of sales and marketing for Streamline Circuits. We discussed how the com- pany got started, technologies that seem to be driving the marketplace, critical equipment for to- day's PCB fabricator, and how being a customer- centered, sales-driven organization serves as the key to their success. electronica 2016 Impressions Germany's third-largest city, and capital of the southeastern state of Bavaria, Munich was once more the host to electronica, which can justifiably claim to be the world's leading trade fair for elec- tronic components, systems and applications. PCB007 Highlights

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