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50 The PCB Design Magazine • August 2017 tems. "It allows scientists to focus on the 'thinking' things—analyzing and interpreting data—while robotic explorers search out features of interest." American Standard Circuits Promotes Tim Hudson to Flex, Rigid-Flex and Special Products Manager American Standard Circuits CEO Anaya Vardya has announced the promotion of industry expert Tim Hudson to the position of flex, rigid-flex and special products manager. Hudson was formerly the company's plant manager. During his 31-year career in the printed circuit board industry, he has held key positions with several companies includ- ing Midwest Printed Circuits, DEH and Bartlett. Rockford Region Cultivates Opportunities at Paris Air Show More than a dozen aerospace organizations and companies promoted the strength of the Rockford Region's aerospace supply chain and pursued op- portunities to expand their scope worldwide June 19–22 at the 52nd International Paris Air Show. Greg Papandrew to Lead Advanced Circuits' Offshore Division Offshore PCB sourcing expert Greg Papandrew has been tapped as the offshore sales director for Ad- vanced Circuits' newly created offshore division. Papandrew is responsible for creating a seamless process and providing the most cost-effective offshore manufacturing solution for high-volume PCB production to customers in the North Ameri- can market. Smart Quadcopters Find their Way without Human Help or GPS Milestone series of tests have quadcopters slalom- ing through woodlands, swerving around obsta- cles in a hangar and reporting back to their start- ing point all by themselves. Eltek Receives $1.4 Million Loan from Nistec Eltek Ltd has obtained a loan of NIS 5 million (ap- proximately US$1.4 million) from Nistec Ltd, the company's controlling shareholder. First-Ever Helicopter-Based Firing of High Energy Laser Raytheon Company and the U.S. Army Apache Program Management Office, in collaboration with U.S. Special Operations Command, recently completed a successful flight test of a high energy laser system onboard an Apache AH-64 at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. All About Flex: Etchback on Type 3 and Type 4 Flexible Circuits Through-hole etchback is a requirement that is sometimes specified on medical, military and aero- space procurement documents for multilayer flex- ible circuits and combination multilayer flex/rigid board circuits. It specifically relates to the copper plated through-holes and the relative dimensions between the dielectric layers and copper layers. Mil/Aero Electronics Supply Chain Facing New Challenges For this month's issues of I-Connect007 publica- tions, we invited a sampling of professionals whose experience centers on the electronics industry in the military and aerospace world, including experts from design, PCB manufacturing, and the assembly arena, to sit down with us for a frank discussion. Our discussion centered on the challenges associat - ed with military work, including the new regulatory requirements for cybersecurity, dealing with leaded vs. lead-free components, and the differences and similarities with the commercial world. PNC Inc. Invests in LED Laser Direct Imaging system from Miva Technologies This 2000L 2LE model is capable of imaging a max- imum size 24" x 24" PC board or film size. With any large format film, positional accuracy can be a challenge but the Miva's dynamic scaling feature can increase accuracy to minimize tolerance build- ups during the imaging process. A.I. Will Prepare Robots for the Unknown "The goal is for A.I. to be more like a smart assis- tant collaborating with the scientist and less like programming assembly code," said Chien, a se- nior research scientist on autonomous space sys- MilAero007 Highlights

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