SMART Thoughts

The latest SMART Group newsletter is out and can be downloaded here.

As background, the SMART Group is a Europe-based forum for electronics assembly engineers. Now 25 years young, the SMART Group is similar in scope to organizations like the SMTA that are focused on training and research collaboration and sharing. It’s a great example of how good work can be performed without a big budget.

In the past couple years, the SMART Group has launched an email forum called smart-e-link, which I would highly recommend. Those familiar with IPC’s TechNet email forum — also known as a listserv, but I can’t say listserv, because the listserv police will come after me — will recognize the format, essentially a technical helpline, but it’s nice to see so many different contributors on the other side of the pond.

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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