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PCDF People
Insulectro named Montserrat Barcelo director of supply chain, replacing Jason Shuppert, who was promoted to vice president of operations.
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Panasonic Industrial Devices named Eriko Yamato OEM business development manager. She previously was marketing manager for Oak-Mitsui and is a director of the PCEA.
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Somacis named Kent Balius front-end engineering manager. He was formerly senior director of automation for TTM and Viasystems, and was an engineering manager at Sanmina.
PCDF Briefs
Altair announced the Altair Material Data Center consortium, designed to help make the Altair Material Data Center (AMDC) a materials information resource to support innovative product design and manufacturing.

Altair signed a channel partner agreement with TrueInsight to exclusively offer Altair’s simulation, data analytics, and AI software solutions.

Ansys and Autodesk are collaborating on Autodesk Fusion 360’s first third-party printed circuit board extension.

The previously announced sale of APCT to Angeles Equity Partners has been completed.

Atlantec installed an ATG Luther & Maelzer A9 flying probe.

Micross announced the launch of a 1Gb magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM) component, its highest-density part yet, and a device it hopes will prove the future of spintronics for high-reliability computing in harsh environments.

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences published a report featuring analysis for digital product lifecycle management implementation, covering insight from years of collaborating with government and industry partners to determine a more cost-effective way to launch specific PLM processes.

Rockwell Automation and Ansys announced an integration of their respective software that gives automation and process engineers new ways to use simulation to improve the design, deployment and performance of industrial operations.

In the face of intensifying competition, TPCA says Taiwanese companies must leverage their core strengths to develop advanced PCB processes, materials and equipment to build the competitive advantage of the country’s PCB supply chain.

Zuken has formed a new R&D unit in Japan with its Vitech unit to expedite efforts to develop application software and utilities linked to the Genesys modeling tool.