The Digital Layout: Designer Highlights From IPC APEX EXPO 2019

This column brings you designer highlights from IPC APEX EXPO 2019 in San Diego, California, and a brief report out from the IPC Designers Council Executive Board meeting that occurred on the opening day of the show floor.

This year’s IPC APEX EXPO was another great show with 5,000+ attendees from 56 countries and 440 exhibitors. Overall, there were 9,796 visitors, attendees, and exhibitor personnel. Similar to past shows, the IPC subcommittees were filled with lots of collaborations, passionate discussions, debates, and positive synergies among talented engineers and subject matter engineers (SMEs), helping to improve our industry standards and make a difference. These are the people who volunteer their time and mold our industry.

A good example of one of these engineers and SMEs is Leo Lambert. Leo has been involved with IPC for many, many years in numerous subcommittees. He is the VP and Technical Director at EPTAC Corporation and became the 2019 IPC Hall of Fame inductee for all of his efforts and contributions to the industry. I know Leo personally and feel very blessed to call him a colleague and true friend. If you have not had the opportunity to engage with Leo or meet him at one of our many industry events, he is one sharp individual with tons of industry experience and knowledge that he wants to share with others. Congratulations, Leo!

IPC DC Executive Board

The IPC DC Executive Board meeting took place on January 29. Executive Board members in attendance included Gary Ferrari, Mike Creeden, Cherie Litson, Kelly Dack, Thomas Romont, and me. We also had Michael Schleicher, a guest representative from Germany, in attendance. Further, Dr. John Mitchell, Dave Hernandez, Colette Buscemi, Teresa Rowe, Aaron Birney, and Charlene Gunter du Plessis represented IPC. After several exhausted attempts to no avail, we were unsuccessful in getting a video conference call pulled up for executive members calling into the meeting due to their unavailability to travel to attend in person, such as Rick Hartley, Susy Webb, Reiner Thueringer, and Soo Lan Cheah.

To read this entire column, which appeared in the March 2019 issue of Design007 Magazine, click here.

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2019

The Digital Layout: Designer Highlights From IPC APEX EXPO 2019

04-15-2019

The IPC Designers Council Executive Board meeting took place on January 29. Executive Board members in attendance included Gary Ferrari, Mike Creeden, Cherie Litson, Kelly Dack, Thomas Romont, and me. We also had Michael Schleicher, a guest representative from Germany, in attendance. Further, Dr. John Mitchell, Dave Hernandez, Colette Buscemi, Teresa Rowe, Aaron Birney, and Charlene Gunter du Plessis represented IPC.

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The Digital Layout: Greater Phoenix Chapter Revived

03-21-2019

The Greater Phoenix chapter was revived in late 2018 after being largely dormant over the past few years. It has also undergone some leadership changes. As the former president, I have taken on a more active global role at the executive level of the IPC Executive DC Board as the communications officer at large. I will stay on the leadership committee for the Greater Phoenix Chapter as the VP at the request of the newly elected president, Randy Kumagai. Randy and I have already started to brainstorm with ways to kickstart the chapter’s activity in 2019.

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The Digital Layout: Cascade Designers Council Chapter and 2019 Activities

02-28-2019

Our CID+ class had four people enrolled who came from around the area. All who attended learned about how board materials affected their designs, including EMI, EMC, impedance control, power distribution techniques, board stackups, and placement strategies in more detail than what was in the CID. Further, participants took the exam first thing Friday morning. This allowed us time to attend the Designers Council “lunch-and-learn” meeting, and the Altium user group met afterward in the same location.

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The Digital Layout: Chapter Highlights and Certification Successes

01-24-2019

This month’s column highlights the San Diego chapter, which is also where IPC APEX EXPO 2019 will be held at the end of January. You will also find updates on recent CID and CID+ certification success stories, a recap of the PCB Carolina event from the Research Triangle Park (RTP) North Carolina chapter, and upcoming events, so mark your calendars for next year.

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2018

The Digital Layout: Chapter Roundup and CID+ Certification

12-12-2018

This month’s spotlight is the Silicon Valley Chapter. We held our fall quarterly meeting on October 25, 2018, at none other than Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California—yes, the site of Super Bowl 50 and the soon-to-be 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship game. This was made possible by our host, Sierra Circuits, and sponsor, Altium. We thank them both graciously. Out of 33 total RSVPs, 24 were able to attend the lunchtime meeting. Fun fact: of the members who RSVPed, six of them were CID certified and 10 were CID+ certified, with Faisal Ahmed being the most recent (hear more from him later).

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The Digital Layout: Designers Council Update and PCB Carolina 2018

10-24-2018

Welcome to the first edition of "The Digital Layout." As a current IPC Designers Council (DC) Executive Board member and a long-time active IPC member, I was nominated to be the chairman of the newly created communications subcommittee. In this role, I will be the main point of contact for global chapter communications and will work with local IPC chapter leaders to publish content in this new column. We want to utilize this column to help spread the IPC DC Executive Board’s goals like a virus.

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