Hot Seat

I’ll be blogging from SMTAI in Orlando next week, where I’m chairing/co-chairing a couple of sessions on contract manufacturing.

On Tues. Oct. 26, from 2:00pm – 3:30pm is Outsourcing Strategies: Niche Requirements and EMS Best Practices, featuring

  • ODM or EMS: Which Choice is Best for Your Project?
    Jim Chen, Tailyn Communication Company, Ltd.
  • How Efficient Is Your High Mix EMS Supplier
    Dave Cesar, The Parkland Group and Roy Starks, Libra Industries
  • Outsourcing LED PCB Manufacture
    Scott Mauldin, LEDnovation, Inc.

    Then from 4 – 5:50pm is EMS Segment Focus: Aerospace/Defense:

  • Understanding Differences Between Defense OEM/CEM and Traditional CEM Business Models
    Allan B. Day, TEAM Technologies, Inc.
  • ITAR Compliance – Challenges and Benefits in an Outsourced Relationship
    Joe O’Neill, Hunter Technology Corporation
  • Practical Issues and Solutions for Handling Plastic Encapsulated Microcircuits (PEMs)
    Rick Iodice, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
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    About Mike

    Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow