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52 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2018 All About Flex: FAQs on UL Listings for Flexible Circuits E The requirement for flexible circuitry recog- nition is driven by the end-product specifica- tion as flexible circuits themselves are not sold directly to the consumer. The applicable UL spec for flexible circuits is UL796. EPTE Newsletter: Taiwan Snapshot—Things are Good! E Taiwan continues to exceed expectations as the manufacturing hub for consumer electronics. Trends for the global electronics market can be forecasted by analyzing shipments of printed circuits from Taiwanese manufacturers. Advanced Circuits Upgrades Free PCB Design Software E Advanced Circuits has released version 4.0 of PCB Artist. The free design software offers many features and functionality found in paid PCB design packages without the price tag. It's Only Common Sense: Who is the Customer? E If you buy into the golden rule, "Do unto oth- ers as you would have them do unto you," then just about everyone you deal with is your customer, which means that you should treat them as such. Let's look at our business and talk about who our customer really is. RTW IPC APEX EXPO: Candor Industries' History and Advanced Circuit Constructions E Founder and president Yogen Patel shares Can- dor Industries' history and describes some of the non-standard approaches to PCB produc- tion the company uses to make advanced cir- cuit constructions. All About Flex: Avoiding Trace Fracturing in a Flexible Circuit E Flexible circuits are used in applications requiring millions of flex cycles. But this does not suggest they never experience failures due to flex life. In fact, occurrences of perfor- mance issues as the result of fractured traces have been experienced in a variety of applica- tions. IPC Volunteers Honored for their Contributions at IPC APEX EXPO 2018 E IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries—presented Committee Leadership, Distinguished Committee Service and Special Recognition Awards at IPC APEX EXPO 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center. The awards were presented to individuals who made sig- nificant contributions to IPC and the industry by lending their time and expertise through IPC committee service. SCL PCB Solutions Group to Centralize PCB Manufacturing E SCL PCB Solutions Group announced that it will centralize the United Kingdom PCB manu- facturing facilities, namely Spirit Circuits and Lyncolec. RTW IPC APEX EXPO: Prototron Moves Offshore E Prototron's Dave Ryder and Russ Adams dis- cuss the company's recent decision to begin manufacturing high-volume jobs overseas. They also discuss some of the partner shops' capabilities, including flex and rigid-flex, which are driven by customer demand. PCB007 Highlights

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