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JANUARY 2018 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 87 One World, One Industry: Connecting the Dots Between Manufacturing and Community E Across the United States, the first Friday in October represents the annual celebration of Manufacturing Day. On this date, manufactur- ers and supporters come together to celebrate the longevity and success of our industry. Since 2012, Manufacturing Day has served as a chance to learn about the businesses that thrive in our communities and contribute greatly to the economy. American Standard Circuits Wins 2017 Innovator of the Year Award E Anaya Vardya, CEO of American Standard Circuits, announced that his company was awarded the city of West Chicago's Brilliance in Business Award for Outstanding Achieve- ment in Design and Innovation at the annual ceremony on Monday, December 4. Papandrew Leads Advanced Circuits' New Offshore Division E Advanced Circuits is one of the largest PCB manufacturers in the United States. Now, the company is expanding the range of its services with the launch of its new Offshore Division. Recently, the company hired PCB veteran Greg Papandrew to lead the new division and help the company meet buyers' demand for offshore PCB sourcing. Strategies for High-Density PCBs E As hand-held and portable electronic prod- ucts and their circuit boards continue to shrink in size, the designer is faced with solving the physical differences between traditional printed board fabrication and what's com- monly referred to as high-density interconnect (HDI) processing. FlexFactor: Faith in the Future E Take just a minute and read through this list of new product ideas. Can you identify the common thread? Yes, they are all enabled by advanced technology, but would you believe that these products were all pitched in the last year by high school students? TTM Technologies to Acquire Anaren E TTM Technologies Inc. has agreed to acquire Anaren Inc. for approximately $775 million in cash from affiliates of Veritas Capital. It's Only Common Sense: The All-Important Intense Customer Survey E Whether you are in the business of board fabrication or board assembly, the fact is that you are not building your own products. You are building your customers' products, which means that you are in the business of helping your customers be successful. HDI: Today, Tomorrow and the Future E For the November issue of The PCB Maga- zine, our editorial team interviewed some of the top HDI experts in the PCB supply chain. Joining us on the conference call were Steve Bird, PCB/flex technology manager at Finisar, and Tony Torres of APCT. All Flex Introduces Automated Online System for Custom Flat Flex Cables E All Flex, a manufacturer of flexible printed circuit boards and flexible heaters, has announced the addition of an automated tool for ordering customized polyimide flat flex cables (FFC). PCB007 Highlights

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