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Brian Wojtkiewicz, western regional sales manager for Taiyo America
Nolan Johnson: How has IPC APEX EXPO 2020 gone for you?
Brian Wojtkiewicz: It was pretty good, but I have seen better from this show. It was pretty light on customers this year attendance-wise from what we saw in previous years. That’s kind of disappointing, but I’m not sure what the cause is.
Johnson: What are your customers interested in?
Wojtkiewicz: Currently, everyone is looking for a lot of stuff on inkjet solder mask, digital imaging stuff, and legend inks. It’s pretty exciting.
Johnson: If they’re looking for that, that usually means they’re also looking for new equipment.
Wojtkiewicz: We’re a solder mask manufacturer, so the focus is on the brand new solder masks that come out and the new technology on that.
Johnson: Are you coming away with good feedback as far as what customers are looking for moving forward?
Wojtkiewicz: It seems they are all pursuing digital imaging; whether it’s direct imaging exposure or inkjet solder mask, they’re all going that direction, and it’s not just the big customers; small customers are doing the same. They’re investing money, which is good. New investment is what has been lacking for a couple of years.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
“Summer is over, now it's back to work!” This was the opening line of the invitation to the 18th EIPC Technical Snapshot webinar, Sept. 14, following the theme of advances in automotive electronics technology, introduced and moderated by EIPC President Alun Morgan. The first presentation, entitled "The fully printed smart component—combining additive manufacturing and sensor printing," came from Jonas Mertin, a thin-film processing specialist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
Örebro, Sweden on June 15 brought a bright and early start to Day 2 of the EIPC Summer Conference for those who had enjoyed the previous evening’s networking dinner, but had resisted the temptation to over-indulge or to carry on their long-awaited catch-up conversations with old friends into the small hours. All but a few were in their seats for 9 a.m., awake and attentive for Session 4 of the conference, on the theme of new process technologies, moderated by Martyn Gaudion, CEO of Polar Instruments.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
The I-Connect007 Editorial Team speaks with Technica’s Frank Medina, Ed Carrigan, and Jason Perry about trending hotspots that provide the PCB fabricator a high return on investment (ROI). A theme that carries throughout the conversation is that traditional methods for calculating ROI are being replaced by models that include more qualitative factors.