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PCEA San Diego Chapter to Present Free Technical Talks on Libraries, PCB Design

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – APRIL 2, 2024 – The Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA) today announced a pair of free upcoming technical talks on PCB design layout and land pattern generation as part of its meeting at the Del Mar Electronics Show on Wednesday, April 24. 

The guest speakers include veteran PCB designer Stephen Chavez, who will speak on best practices for PCB design. Now senior product marketing manager at Siemens and PCEA chairman, Chavez has 30 years of experience designing complex circuit boards for high reliability applications. Chavez’s presentation takes place from 10 – 11 AM in the Mission Towers (Room C). For presentation details: https://www.mfgshow.com/seminars/speak.cfm?Id=187

Following Chavez is Tom Hausherr, founder and CEO of PCB Libraries, who will present on land pattern generation. Hausherr has 50 years of experience in PCB design and library management, including 30 spent working with standards groups on land pattern development. Hausherr’s presentation will take place  12 – 1 PM in the Mission Towers (Room C). For presentation details: https://www.mfgshow.com/seminars/speak.cfm?Id=188

 “I’m excited to see everyone this year, and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Nick Maldonado, communications director, PCEA San Diego Chapter. “The location of the event is in the same location as last year, but we’ve moved the times.”

At the end of each presentation, the PCEA San Diego chapter will hold free raffle giveaways. PCB Libraries is donating two one-year licenses for its Footprint Expert Software (valued at $798 each). There will also be other prizes and gift cards.

The sessions are sponsored by Siemens Digital Industries and PCB Libraries.

 “We are delighted to continue our technical presence at the Del Mar show,” said Mike Buetow, president, PCEA. “And we want to thank Siemens and PCB Libraries for their generous sponsorship of the meeting.”


PCEA Training Announces June and September PCB Design Classes

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – MARCH 26, 2024 – PCEA Training is offering a pair of five-day training classes in June and September for printed circuit engineers, layout professionals, and other individuals currently serving in the design engineering industry or seeking to get into it. The classes include an optional certification exam recognized by the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA).

The dates of the classes:
Class 1: June 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
Class 2: September 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

These instructor-led classes cover the gamut of printed circuit design engineering, from layout, place and route to specifications and materials to manufacturing methods. Schematic capture, signal integrity and EMI/EMC are also part of the comprehensive program.

There are no prerequisite requirements to enroll. Upcoming classes will be held online. All courses are led by experienced instructors.

To apply, visit pceatraining.net/registration for the next available class or contact Mike Buetow at pceatraining@pcea.net for additional information.

Registration fees include the 400-page handbook, Printed Circuit Engineering Professional, authored by Michael Creeden, Stephen Chavez, Rick Hartley, Susy Webb and Gary Ferrari.

For information about the instructors of the course and authors of the course material, visit pceatraining.net/instructors-authors.

For information about the course overview, class format, and materials to prepare in advance for the class, visit pceatraining.net/course-overview.


PEACHTREE CITY, GA – MARCH 6, 2024 – CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY today announced the 2024 New Product Introduction Award winners for electronics assembly equipment, materials and software.

The 17th annual NPI Awards recognize leading new products during the past 12 months. An independent panel of practicing industry engineers selected the recipients.

The winners are:   

  • Anda Technologies: Automation Tools – ADA Series Smart Manufacturing Platform
  • Kyzen: Cleaning Materials – AQUANOX A4618 KYZDS
  • Henkel: Coatings/Encapsulants – Loctite Stycast CC 8555
  • Hanwha Techwin Automation Americas: Component Placement – XM520 High-Speed Dual Lane Chip Mounter
  • Juki Automation Systems: Component Storage – ISM 3600 FA, FAMR System
  • PVA: Dispensing Equipment – Direct Series with new PathMaster X Programming Software
  • Tagarno: First Article Inspection – Tagarno 4K Microscope
  • Indium: Flux – Indium8.9FRV
  • ViTrox: Process Control Tools – V9i XL ARV
  • ASYS Group: Screen and Stencil Printing – SERIO 6000 with  “Sphere” Intelligent Print Head
  • StenTech: Screen/Stencil Printing Peripherals/Consumables – BluPrint CVD Surface Treatment
  • Cetec ERP & CalcuQuote: Software – Management – Supply Chain Connected ERP
  • Vayo: Software – Process Control – Vayo-Stencil Designer
  • Arch Systems: Software – Production – ArchFX GLO
  • Weller Tools: Soldering – Hand Tools – Zero Smog Shield Pro
  • BTU International: Soldering – Reflow – Aurora
  • Kurtz Ersa: Soldering – Selective – VERSAFLOW ONE X-Series
  • ITW EAE: Soldering – Wave – Deep Wave Option
  • AIM Solder: Solder – Materials – NC259FPA
  • ViTrox: Test and Inspection – AOI – V510i 3D AOI
  • Brooks Automation: Test and Inspection – Functional Test – PreciseFlex 3400 Cobot
  • ViTrox: Test and Inspection – AXI –V810i Advanced X-Ray Inspection (AXI) System – Series 3 Dual-Lane
  • Pemtron: Test and Inspection – SPI – D-2                                            
  • Henkel: Thermal Interface Materials – Berquist Hi Flow THF 5000UT            

“The judges this year noted the current trend for speed without losing accuracy,” said Mike Buetow, president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association. “But they also pointed out the interoperability requirements of systems and software, and stressed the importance of full functionality regardless of the logo.”



PCEA Announces UHDI Forum at PCB East

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – FEBRUARY 5, 2024 – The Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA) today announced the first UHDI & Substrates: Design to Package Forum will be held on June 5, 2024, in conjunction with PCB East in Boxborough, MA.

UHDI, or ultra high-density interconnect, describes lines and spaces of less than 25 microns on a printed circuit board. Among the presentations are talks on standards, electrohydrodynamic (EHD) printing, direct imaging, a new mSAP process, a new replacement for ABF (Anjinomoto Build-Up Film), planning a new UHDI facility, and new materials for UHDI.

 Each presentation will be 30 minutes. The program will close with a panel discussion.

The forum is chaired by Gene Weiner of Weiner International Associates. Peter Bigelow, president of FTG East, and Alun Morgan, technology ambassador of Ventec and president of the European Institute for the PCB Community (EIPC) are vice chairmen.

“Rapid technical progress and major dollar commitments are being made in the US and Europe to establish sustainable, secure sources of organic substrates and UHDI circuitry for advanced electronics packaging,” said Weiner. “This forum is designed to present new design, process, material, and equipment capability information that delegates can immediately put to use.”

“The industry has begun to recognize the need for – and challenges of – UHDI technology,” added Mike Buetow, president of PCEA and conference chair of PCB East. “Gene Weiner and his colleagues have put together an outstanding program that will look at the state-of-the-art and the requirements for implementation.”

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The Printed Circuit Engineering Association® (PCEA) is an international network of engineers, designers, fabricators, assemblers, and anyone related to printed circuit development. Our mission is to promote printed circuit engineering as a profession by encouraging and facilitating the exchange of information and the integration of new design concepts through education, certification, communications, seminars, and workshops. This is facilitated by a network of local, regional, virtual PCEA-affiliated chapters and the support of our sponsors.