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PCB East

PCB East Announces Call for Abstracts for PCB East 2025

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – JUNE 20, 2024 – Abstracts for next year’s PCB East technical conference are due September 6, 2024, the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA) said today. The conference, the largest of its kind in New England, takes place next spring in the Boston suburbs, and focuses on training and best practices for printed circuit board design engineers, electronics design engineers, fabricators and assemblers.

The four-day technical conference will take place April 29 – May 2, 2025, in Boxborough, MA. The event includes a one-day exhibition on April 30.

Papers and presentations of the following durations are sought for the technical conference: one-hour lectures and presentations; two-hour workshops; and half-day (3.5-hour) and full-day seminars. 

Preference is given to presentations of two hours in length or more, and no presentations of less than one hour will be considered.

Abstracts of 100-500 words and speaker biographies should be submitted to PCEA. Papers and presentations must be noncommercial in nature and should focus on technology, techniques or methodologies related to printed circuit board design, fabrication, assembly, test, components or packaging, and additive manufacturing. 

Submit abstracts at https://pcbeast.com/abstract-submission-guidelines/ by September 6, 2024. No emailed abstracts will be accepted. Submitters will be notified in mid-November if their abstract has been accepted. Presentations are due April 11, 2025.

Speaker Benefits: Presenters of accepted abstract(s) for the 2025 program receive the following event benefits.

  • Complimentary access to the online proceedings
  • Complimentary pass to the technical conference

For more information about PCB East, visit pcbeast.com or contact Conference Director Mike Buetow at 617-327-4702; mike@pcea.net

PCB East

PCB East 2024 Registration Up 18% Year-Over-Year

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – JUNE 19, 2024 – Registration for the PCB East 2024 conference and exhibits rose 18% overall year-over-year, the Printed Circuit Engineering Association announced today. Conference registration was up 12% from last year, while the expo-only trade show registration rose 9% over the same period.

The annual trade show was held June 4-7 at the Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Boxborough, MA. In all, more than 65 leading suppliers of electronics design tools, manufacturers of bare boards and assemblies, suppliers of fabrication and assembly equipment and materials, and related industry companies exhibited at the show.

“PCB East continued its growth this year as the region becomes more aware of the opportunities for education and networking,” said Mike Buetow, conference director and president, PCEA. “Our post-show surveys indicate 100% of respondents would either likely or definitely recommend the conference to a colleague.” 

“Attendees represented 35 states and 42 countries,” Buetow added, “a recognition of the timeliness and scope of the event.”  

“Another great show at PCB East!” said Lauren Waslick, director of PCB design, Newgrange Design. “I gave my first professional talk and met a lot of great people. Thanks to the Printed Circuit Engineering Association for putting on a great event!”

“It’s always great to sync up with my dear friends, as well as many industry colleagues old and new at PCB East!” said Stephen Chavez, senior product marketing manager, Siemens Digital Industries and chairman of PCEA. “A big shout out to the entire PCEA staff for putting on another great industry event! I can’t wait to attend PCB West later this year! I hope to see you there!”

PCB East 2025 will be held at the Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Boxborough, MA, April 29 to May 2 with a one day exhibition on April 30.

PCB East

PCB East 2024 Exhibition Open Today

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – JUNE 5, 2024 – The annual PCB East exhibition opens today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Boxborough, MA.

Attendees at today’s exhibits will see more than 65 industry-leading companies, ranging from printed circuit board design software developers to fabricators and assemblers, and equipment and materials suppliers.

Registrants will also gain access to the keynote address and seven other free technical sessions, which will cover topics about AI and PCB design, strategic design PCB assembly, flex design, surface finishes, and more.

Free lunch will be served on the show floor from 12-1 p.m. Following the close of the free technical sessions, a reception will take place on the exhibition show floor from 5-6 p.m.

Today is the only day the exhibits are open. 

PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB and CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY magazines are media partners for the event. 

For more information about PCB East, visit pcbeast.com or contact Mike Buetow, conference director, at 617-327-4702; mike@pcea.net. 

PCB East

PCB East 2024 Conference Opens Today

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – JUNE 4, 2024 – The annual PCB East conference, featuring more than 75 hours of in-depth electronics engineering training, opens today at the Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Boxborough, MA. 

The conference will be held June 4-7 and offers classes for every level of experience, from novice to expert. Rick Hartley, Susy Webb, Tomas Chester and Zachariah Peterson are among the headliners of this year’s conference. 

The scope of classes ranges from basics on design engineering and circuit grounding, to DDR5 routing, impedance characterization, controlling noise and EMI, thermal management, board stackups and design for assembly. 

More than half of the presentations are new to PCB East, including ones on SMT equipment validation, medical wearable device compliance, flex design, AI in electronics, and signal integrity/power integrity.

“We are excited about this year’s show,” said Mike Buetow, president, PCEA. “The addition of the UHDI & Substrates: Design to Package Forum has been a welcome addition to the conference.”

An exhibition featuring more than 65 leading suppliers to the electronics design and manufacturing industry will be held June 5.

PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB and CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY magazines are media partners for the event. 

For more information about PCB East, visit pcbeast.com or contact Mike Buetow, conference director, at 617-327-4702; mike@pcea.net. 

PCB West

PCB West 2024 Opens Technical Conference Registration

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – MAY 28, 2024 – The Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA) today announced registration is open for the technical program for PCB West 2024, featuring more than 110 hours of in-depth electronics engineering training spread over nearly 50 sessions. 

Among the industry experts scheduled to speak this year are Lee Ritchey, Susy Webb, Zachariah Peterson, Tomas Chester, John Watson and Charlene McCauley. The conference will be held October 8 to 11 at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center and features classes for every level of experience, from novice to expert. 

The scope of classes ranges from designing all types of printed circuit boards to complex signal and power integrity and power delivery systems design. Foundational topics such as circuit grounding and PCB stackups are interspersed with advanced tutorials on DDR5, thermal management, analog measurements, system mechanical design, and more. 

New courses this year include the role of AI in PCB design, PCB cost drivers, designing with embedded inductors, HDI and sub-lamination structures, new low-cost and sustainable PCB material performance and reliability, and avoiding PCB respins, among others.

PCB West will also see the return of the popular Ask the Experts help session, featuring recognized authorities in design for manufacturing, EMI/EMC, signal integrity, flex circuits and more. 

“Whether you are after training on printed circuit board design and manufacturing, or building your network, PCB West is hands-down the best place to go,” said Mike Buetow, conference director, PCB West. “It offers more than 110 hours of in-depth training from the industry’s most-recognized experts, all in one place and for a fraction of the cost.” 

Conference registrants who sign up by September 7 can take advantage of the Early Bird Special discounts for the conference. 

An exhibition featuring more than 100 leading suppliers to the electronics design and manufacturing industry will be held October 9. 

PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB and CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY magazines are media partners for the event. 

Survey

PCD&F Opens Annual PCB Designer Salary Survey

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – MAY 3, 2024 – PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB is conducting its annual salary survey of printed circuit board designers, design engineers and other layout specialists.

PCD&F surveys designers and design engineers each year, asking questions related to annual salaries, job functions, experience, education, job satisfaction, and ECAD tools used, among other data.

The survey can be taken here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2024pcdfdesignerssalary.

PCD&F publishes the aggregate data in a free downloadable report on its website and in the magazine. Individual responses are not shared.

“The results may be used to better understand the job environment and benchmark one’s responsibilities and compensation,” said Mike Buetow, president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association.

The audience surveyed is not selected or controlled, and the more responses received, the more valid the results.

For a list of past results, click here: https://pcea.net/education.

Certification

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.

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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.