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Zero Defects International [ZDI] has recently received notice of compliance with and renewed registration for ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations).
This continuation of its conformance status enable users of each of two ZDI services to benefit from their availability. The first is the printed circuit board (PCB) front-end engineering CAM services, which have seen increased popularity among North American PCB manufacturers. Access to specific product design and technical information requires that ZDI and applicable users operate within parameters set by ITAR.
The second service is the PCB assembly (PCBA) testing that ZDI performs for customers in not only Silicon Valley but for those in all areas of the United States. In order to utilize necessary engineering data for test purposes, ITAR compliance is essential.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The big news in the industry this week was the new bill introduced to the U.S. Congress in support of the PCB manufacturing industry. The Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022, which was introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT), incentivizes “purchases of domestically produced PCBs as well as industry investments in factories, equipment, workforce training, and research and development.” The bill is a PCB-oriented complement to the semiconductor-oriented CHIPS Act of 2021.
Jordan Kologe and Leslie Kim, MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions
As the electronics supply chain contends with the struggles of moving out of the pandemic and into a new normal, it is increasingly obvious that a new normal will be one with sustainability and resource conservation as the top priority. Over the past year, we have seen printed circuit board manufacturers encounter challenges associated with environmental regulations, water and power outages, and pressures from the supply chain to reduce environmental footprints. From the perspective of a board fabricator, especially one that specializes in HDI, a highly resource-intensive step in the process of making a printed circuit board is the primary metallization step. All circuit boards that have multiple layers go through such a primary metallization, which is either electroless copper or direct metallization (DM).
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
Nolan Johnson speaks with Will Marsh, vice president of TTM Technologies and president of the Printed Circuit Board Association of America, about the work the PCBAA has been doing in Washington, D.C., to get the industry better recognized by the country’s decision-makers. Marsh is optimistic, not only about the companies and individuals joining the effort, but in the recognition by Capitol Hill to secure the nation’s defense systems.