COLUMBIA, MO -- 3M will close its flex circuit operations here by June 31 and lay off about 240 employees, according to a published report.

Some manufacturing of electronics interconnects and other products will continue at the site, the report said.


Read more: Report: 3M to Consolidate Mizzou Flex Ops
EDINA, MN – Abstracts for SMTAI 2008 are being solicited in the following categories: emerging technologies, components, assembly, PCB technology and business.

Abstracts are due Jan. 7 and will be accepted as of March 3. Final papers are due June 1.

Papers should describe significant results from experiments, emphasize new techniques, and contain technical, economic or appropriate test data. Material should be original, unpublished and noncommercial in nature.

Submit an abstract using the online form at: http://www.smta.org/smtai/call_for_papers.cfm.

Be sure to obtain approval to both write and present your paper prior to submitting an abstract.

For more information, visit http://www.smta.org/smtai/CallforPapers.pdf.
REDWOOD CITY, CA -- Local police and state officials continue to investigate the death of a Coastal Circuits employee who died last week in the factory.

Read more: Investigation Continues into Death at Coastal Circuits
BOULDER, CO – PCB supplier Circuit Images has named industry sales veteran Dan Spencer vice president of sales and marketing.
 
In his new position, Spencer will be responsible for all sales efforts throughout the U.S. and Canada.
 
Spencer has worked for Hadco, Coretec and most recently Sanmina.
LAFAYETTE, CO – PCB manufacturer Sierra Midwest, part of Sierra Circuits, has acquired Nutronics Manufacturing of Springfield, IL, the company reports.
Read more: Sierra Midwest Acquires Nutronics Manufacturing
ROME, NY – The ESD Association and Canada’s Automated Learning Corp. have announced a training course in electrostatic discharge control.
 
The course is intended for electronics manufacturers who require controls for ESD-sensitive components and assemblies, and can be custom-tailored to meet company-specific ESD control program needs.
 
ESDA Operator Training is reportedly the first computer-delivered ESD training to provide this content-tailoring feature.
 
While primarily intended for assembly operators and semiconductor technicians, this comprehensive ESD training course can benefit anyone involved in electronics manufacturing, the companies suggest.
 
The course features the ALC LearnTech computer-based training system that delivers course content over a corporate network and includes automated registration and record keeping.
 

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