The Right Place

I don’t usually toot my own horn, but I’m proud of this interview with a number of leading placement companies. Unlike the usual industry “interview” — which consists of written answers to a list of emailed questions — we managed to get all the parties in the room for a face-to-face sit down. And kudos to Greg Berry from Assembleon, Kevin Clue from Universal, Bob Black from Juki and Steve Pollack from Essemtec for keeping their competitive instincts in check long enough to provide a candid discussion about today’s pick-and-place platforms.

We’ll try to organize something similar with a group of soldering equipment vendors in April. If there is something you would like to see asked or otherwise covered, feel free to email me or post a comment here.

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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