IPC notes this conference was created to meet the needs of the electronics manufacturing industry in the Midwest. “Today’s focus on reliable, sustainable products that meet customer needs without failure during the product’s life cycle brings new challenges to the supply chain,” says an IPC statement on the conference.
The conference will include sessions on advances in printed board design and fabrication focusing on HDI/microvia technology and surface finishes, the latest assembly processes and materials, end-product sustainability, and design for reliability through failure analysis.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.