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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.

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PCEA Announces PCB West 2023 Show Floor Sold Out

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – AUGUST 29, 2023 – The exhibition floor is sold out for PCB West, the largest conference and exhibition for printed circuit board design, fabrication and assembly in the Silicon Valley, the Printed Circuit Engineering Association said today. It is the ninth time in 10 years all booths have been sold for the popular exhibition, PCEA added.

PCB West 2023 will be held September 19-22 in Santa Clara, CA. The event includes a four-day technical conference and one-day exhibition, to be held at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center.

“We are delighted to announce that the exhibition floor for PCB

West is sold out again,” said Frances Stewart, vice president of sales and marketing, PCEA. “Coming on the heels of last year’s successful event, we think the mood and needs are aligning for another great show.”

This year’s show will feature 110 booths showcasing the leading companies in the PCB industry, including the top CAD and CAM vendors and top names in printed circuit fabrication and electronics assembly. Attendees will be treated to a free lunch on the show floor, sponsored by Sierra Circuits, during the exhibition on Sept. 20.


PCEA Training Announces Final 2023 Classes

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – SEPTEMBER 15, 2023 – PCEA Training is offering two five-day training classes on October 4-6 and December 4-8 for printed circuit engineers, layout professionals, and other individuals currently serving in the design engineering industry or seeking to get into it.

These instructor-led classes cover the gamut of printed circuit design engineering, from layout and place and route, to specifications, materials, and 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.

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

The course includes an optional certification exam recognized by the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA).

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.

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

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PCEA Announces Free Technical Sessions for PCB West 2023

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – SEPTEMBER 14, 2023Registrants for the PCB West exhibition this fall will gain access to seven free technical sessions, the Printed Circuit Engineering Association announced today. The sessions take place on September 20 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, and cover topics about AI for electronic systems, reverse engineering PCBs, ultra-high interconnects, trace technology, and more.

“Free Wednesday” leads off with a panel on “Next-Generation Engineers,” moderated by Phil Marcoux, a legend in SMT and advanced packaging. Show attendees can interact with the panel of seers as they attempt to divine what’s in store for the entire electronics design to assembly supply chain.

The panel is followed by a pair of sessions that address leading-edge circuit board wet processing (“Novel Embedded Trace Technology”) and automated assembly inspection using artificial intelligence (“Transforming PCBA Visual Inspection through Generative AI”).

Later that morning, the keynote speaker, Louis Feinstein, Global Director of High Tech Strategy at Dassault Systèmes, will speak on “Revolutionizing Electronics Cyber-Physical Systems: Unleashing the Power of MBSE and AI for Electronics System Design.”

Following a lunch on the show floor sponsored by Sierra Circuits, which is free to all show attendees, the free sessions resume with a one-hour explanation on “Reverse Engineering PCBs: How to Recreate a Lost Design.”

Filling out the afternoon schedule are two sessions including a panel discussing “AI in Electronics: What Can We Expect?,” moderated by Feinstein, and a presentation on ultra-high density interconnects, including the technology approach and manufacturing processes. 

Following the free sessions is a reception on the exhibition show floor.

Anyone who registers at pcbwest.com for the exhibition and free sessions by September 18 will receive free admission. Day of show registration for the exhibition and free sessions is $25.

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PCB East 2024 Conference Task Group Named

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – SEPTEMBER 8, 2023 – The Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA) today announced the PCB East 2024 Conference Task Group members.

Troy Hopkins, senior hardware design engineer at Connect Tech Inc., will be leading the group as the chairman alongside nine other printed circuit industry veterans.

Other industry experts in the task group include Steph Chavez, Tomas Chester, Rick Hartley, James Jackson, Matt Leary, Matthew McBride, Dale Parker, Carl Schattke and Susy Webb.

“We are thrilled to bring together this exceptional group of industry experts,” said Hopkins. “Their vast experience and collective wisdom will be instrumental in curating a PCB East 2024 conference program that addresses the challenges facing electronics engineers by showcasing the latest innovations and best practices in PCB design and manufacturing. 

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“Together, we will ensure that this conference continues to provide massive value, empower PCB designers, and continues to drive our industry forward.”

The task group plans to issue a call for abstracts later this month.
PCB East is the largest technical conference and exhibition for the electronics design, fabrication, and assembly industry in New England. 

The one-day exhibition takes place June 5 at the Boxboro Regency in Boxborough, MA, while the four-day technical conference takes place June 4-7. For details, visit pcbeast.com

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