SMT Association News: September 2017

North America PCB order growth fuels rise in book-to-bill ratio

Strong PCB order growth moved the book-to-bill ratio up to 1.08 in June, while sales remained sluggish. Total North American PCB shipments in June 2017 were down 3.9 percent compared to the same month last year. This year to date, shipments are 4.2 percent below the same period last year. Compared to the preceding month, June shipments increased 12.3 percent. PCB bookings in June increased 18.6 percent year-on-year, driving year-to-date order growth up to 1.7 percent above the same period last year. Bookings in June were up 26.5 percent compared to the previous month. “June’s strong order growth and a five-month trend of book-to-bill ratios above parity (1.00) are possible indications of an upturn in North American PCB sales in the second half of this year,” said Sharon Starr, IPC’s director of market research. “A turnaround in sales is likely to be modest, however, as order growth in the first half of 2017 is still just 1.7 percent above the same period last year, while sales since the beginning of this year have been consistently below last year’s levels,” she added.

Committee selects communi-cation transport protocol

The 2-17 Subcommittee has voted to use the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) as the transport protocol for machine to machine communication as part of the Connected Factory Initiative (CFX).

AMQP is an open standard application layer protocol for message-oriented middleware, with toolkits available on all major platforms. It boasts a fully symmetrical communication and supports both publish/subscribe and request/response communication patterns. On top of that, its advanced security features are greater than both MQ Technology Telemetry Transport (MQTT) and Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP). Overall, it is a robust and stable protocol with commercial critical messages delivered daily.

“Due to the dedicated work of our volunteers, we have managed to determine a transport protocol to be used to help us support Industry 4.0 requirements,” said Nancy Jaster, Manager of Design Process at IPC. “AMQP can be used to solve issues today, as well as leveraged to take care of future needs.”

The subcommittee will now begin the task of defining the “building blocks” for the data definition. This team will be led by Michael Ford, European Marketing Director at Aegis Software Corporation. There will be a face-to-face meeting for CFX at IPC’s Standard Development Committee Meetings at the Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill on Monday, September 18th.

SMTA Querétaro achieves official chapter status

The SMTA is pleased to announce that the SMTA Querétaro Chapter has successfully completed the formation process and is now recognized as an official and active chapter of the SMTA. The chapter organized a successful kick-off meeting on May 3, 2017.

The formation committee officers include Miroslaw Dziuba, PRETTL Electronics Querétaro S.A. de C.V. (President); Omar Gomez, ASYS Group Americas Inc., (Vice President); Juan Mollinedo, E.G.O., (Secretary); Jorge Vazquez, Kostal Mexicana SA de CV, (Treasurer); Flor Fabiola Ortiz, Interlatin (VP of Membership); Noemi Romero, Representaciones y Metales SA de CV (Membership); Fernando Coyotecatl Varela, Viscom (Webmaster); and Guillermo Maldonado, Servicio y Tecnologia Europea Latinoamericano SA de CV (Technical Programs). The officers are commended for their leadership and dedication.


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