Trouble in Your Tank: A Process Engineer’s Guide to Etching Defects-Part 3

January 21, 2021 | Michael Carano, RBP Chemical Technology

While troubleshooting everyday processing issues, final etching touches on many downstream processes. These include surface preparation, imaging, and copper surface quality. There are concerns with the etching process itself and how process issues and operating parameters impact the circuit formation quality. In this month’s edition of “Trouble in Your Tank,” the subject of etch-outs, undercut, and linewidth reduction will be presented.

Your Greatest Competition is Yourself

January 20, 2021 | Barry Matties, I-Connect007

It really doesn’t matter who you think your external competitors are, because the only competitor that really matters is you. Of course, you will look externally to stay on top of latest trends, but when it comes to competition, just competing with yourself is a win. When you look at yourself as your greatest competitor you will start with a huge advantage: you already have great intel on how “your competition” thinks. Ask yourself, “What can I do to displace my ‘competitor’ and create something much better?”



Defense Speak Interpreted: Your Best Friend is a Skyborg?

January 15, 2021 | Dennis Fritz, Fritz Consulting

Suddenly the term “Skyborg” is popping up in Air Force publications, and if you are an Air Force pilot, your future best friend may be a Skyborg. To understand the concept behind the term Skyborg, we need a bit of weapons...

It’s Only Common Sense: Setting Goals That Work

January 11, 2021 | Dan Beaulieu, DB Management

Goals serve to help with your own workload as well as your company strategy. They help give direction to daily life. But, word of warning; They can also serve up a huge guilt trip when you realize they aren't getting done as quickly...

Foundations of the Future: Scholarships, Awards and Student Opportunities

January 6, 2021 | IPC Education Foundation, IPC

There was no better way to end 2020 than by making a positive impact in deserving students and educators’ lives. We can help students to invest in their future and reward the accomplishments of those who are hardworking and...

Continuous Improvement Featuring:

  • Your Greatest Competition is Yourself by Barry Matties p. 10
  • Focus on Smart Processes, Not Just Smart Factories Interview with Todd Brassard, Meredith LeBeau and Audra Thurston p. 12
  • 2021: The Year of X = Xc - 1 by Nolan Johnson p. 24
  • Mivatek’s New Technology and Market Drivers Interview with Brendan Hogan p. 32
  • Finding Process Improvement Opportunities in Training Interview with Leo Lambert p.40


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