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With a combined length of service close to 100 years, there’s very little Ben, Mike, Nigel and Marc don’t know about the manufacture of flexible printed circuits.
In an age when the average UK worker will change employer every five years, and the days of securing a job after school and then staying there until pension time are long gone, Trackwise is proud to be able to recognise four important members of the team who have all been with the business for over 20 years. Marc Elleker joined us in 2002, works in the Dark Room and is celebrating 20 years; Mike Prosser, joined us in 1999 and is now Engineering Director, 23 years; Ben Reid joined straight out of school (after a brief foray as a breakfast chef) in 1997 and is now the Drill Room Team Leader with 25 years under his belt; and Nigel Long, Trackwise’ Shop Floor Manager also joined us 25 years ago in 1997.
It’s the people who really make a business successful. Within Trackwise we’ve had births, marriages retirements and unfortunately a couple of deaths, but for those who have been with us from when we were only 8 people, they’re a large part of what really makes us who we are.
It’s difficult for the people who’ve joined us in the last decade or so to really get what we’ve all been through to make the business the success it is. We’ve had floods, fires, a selection of random woes, but then there have also been some amazing successes, achievements and innovations that have made us all proud to work here. Those members of the team who have loyally stayed the distance, it’s to them I extend a huge vote of thanks.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
We recently held a roundtable with a team of printed electronic circuit experts from companies that run the gamut: John Lee and Kevin Miller of Insulectro, Mike Wagner of Butler Technologies, Tom Bianchi of Eastprint, and John Voultos of Sheldahl Flexible Technologies. In this first part of the roundtable, the participants dispel 10 common myths that have been floating around regarding printed electronic circuits (PEC). They also discuss the progress that’s been made in PEC development in just the past decade, and what the future may hold for this technology.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
I recently spoke with Jamin Taylor, vice president of sales and marketing at All Flex Flexible Circuits in Minnesota. We discussed the company’s recent merger with Printed Circuits Inc., and some creative new flex applications, including flexible heaters and catheters for the medical field. As Jamin explains, "It’s always interesting to see different technologies amongst different companies. We’re working on a few new applications and products, like being able to do some fine lines and flex materials, but with large format, a longer format than usual. Some of their capabilities with lasering and fine features really help with our long flex capability; when we merge the two, we see a new market being created for that technology."
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
For the first time since its foundation in 1974, the Institute of Circuit Technology had no alternative than to conduct its Annual General Meeting online. The event, which took place on February 25, 2021, was remarkably well-attended, and was followed, as is traditional, by a technical seminar. The seminar became a webinar focused on novel materials and methods for printed circuit fabrication and moderated by ICT Chair Emma Hudson.