I have known Ray Pritchard for a long time—as long as I’ve been involved with IPC, in fact. He directed the organization for 35 years before turning over the reins. One could say he grew up with the organization—or vice versa. Ray was always a bundle of energy and still is, still joking and warm, a great people person, and I am sure he had a little something to do with the spirit of camaraderie and cooperation that is the hallmark of the IPC we know today.

The Near and Far Future for Orbotech and Inspection

March 23, 2017 | Barry Matties, I-Connect007

Orbotech’s PCB Division President Arik Gordon and I spoke in detail about the company’s newest developments in automated optical shaping (AOS), Orbotech’s unique culture and commitment to R&D, and what he expects to see in the near future for the inspection industy.


Punching Out! 10 Ways to Increase the Value of Your PCB/PCBA Shop

March 22, 2017 | Tom Kastner, GP Ventures, Ltd.

I have worked with a wide range of companies in the PCB, PCBA, and other tech and electronics sectors. Through the years, I have developed some ideas on how companies can improve their valuation. Some of these ideas are simple and...

There has long been debate over the exact location of the geographical centre of England, but the village of Meriden has traditionally laid claim to the title, and it offered an appropriate Midlands venue for the Institute of Circuit...

EPTE Newsletter: One Step Closer to Transparent Electronics

March 21, 2017 | Dominique Numakura, DKN Research

Transparent electronics is an emerging technology for printed circuit design. This technology was considered an unattainable or fanciful goal for electronic devices because the substrate materials (glass/epoxy boards and polyimide...

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