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JANUARY 2018 I SMT007 MAGAZINE 11 Stephen Las Marias is managing editor of SMT007 Magazine. He has been a technology editor for more than 14 years covering electronics, components, and industrial automation systems. key reasons for investment in new equipment. A majority of respondents said they consider increasing capacity and improving their exist- ing manufacturing capability as top reasons for investing in new equipment for their produc- tion lines. Others cited the need to add a new capability and replace existing equipment, along with reducing handling and improving quality. In another question, we asked what or who influences the research into new equipment to buy for their factories. The majority of respon- dents (77%) say it's addressing the customers' needs that influences their research for new equipment. This issue also features an article by JJS Manufacturing's Russell Poppe, who discusses key considerations when selecting an X-ray inspection system. Then we have an inter- view with ULT North America CEO Wolfgang Koehler, who explains the need for extraction and filtration systems in electronics manufac- turing environment. We also have another Tip & Tricks article from Ken Horky of Peterson Manufacturing, as well as an article on assigning IDs within the Internet of Things, from Hubertus Grobbel of Swissbit AG. Of course, our resident columnists Michael Ford and Bob Wettermann contribute their take on the latest developments and issues in their respective markets. Finally, I'd like to highlight our IPC APEX EXPO 2018 Pre-Show Coverage section, wherein you can find our interviews with IPC leader- ship on what to expect at this year's show, to be held at the San Diego Convention Center in February. Read about the Emerging Engineer program, what's new in the IPC APEX EXPO app, as well as the technical tracks and exhibi- tion highlights for this year's event. I hope you enjoy this month's issue, and our magazine's new look. Watch out for our next month's issue, which will be focused on know- ing your customers, both internal and external. With that, we'd like to wish you all a pros- perous year ahead! We look forward to work- ing more with you and supporting the industry in 2018! SMT007 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80

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