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4 The PCB Magazine • August 2017 Exactly what defines process step elimination and/or automa- tion? So many possibilities! Does it include reducing the num- ber of steps in manufacturing a PCB? Eliminating queue times, inspection or cleaning steps? Is automation adding a hoist to your plating line, or conveyorizing everything? These consid - erations and more by industry experts will give you plenty to think about as the summer sun sets on the horizon. August 2017 Featured Content Process Step Elimination & Automation FEATURES: Whelen Engineering, Two Years Later by the I-Connect007 Staff Cycle Time Reduction Through W.O.R.C. by Steve Williams Laser Patterning and Metallization to Reduce Process Steps for PCB Manufacturing by Joel Schrauben, Cameron Tribe, Christopher Ryder and Jan Kleinert FEATURE COLUMNS: Why is the Developer Missing at BATM Systems' Romania Facility? by Marc Ladle No Missed Steps: 5S Methodology for a Smarter Workplace by Todd Kolmodin 12 28 44 38 58 12 28 38 44

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