ICT Masterclass a great success.

The Institute of Circuit Technology has held the first in a new series of Masterclass events, covering specific topics on the general theme of imaging in printed circuit manufacturing.

Ashton Lodge, near Coventry UK, was the venue for the one-day Imaging Masterclass, which was well-attended by technical people representing both fabricators and supply houses, all keen to extend their specialist knowledge.

There were contributions from John Rankine of Rohm and Haas, Frando van der Pas of Cookson, Tatsuya Ichikawa of Hitachi Chemical, Robert Harvey of Xaar, Russell Crockett of DuPont, Rob Haslett of Patterning Technologies and Andrew Norton of Peplertech. Subjects discussed included clean-room considerations, photo-resist issues and current developments in direct imaging techniques.

“Feedback from delegates has been extremely positive” said ICT Technical Director Bill Wilkie. “All were impressed by the willingness of presenters to share their knowledge, to answer questions frankly and openly, and to enter into constructive debate with both delegates and fellow contributors, whether commercial competitor or not. Even though many were already expert in specific areas, the Masterclass presented the opportunity to see the broader picture, to recognise the interdependences between individual technologies, and to appreciate some of the real consequences of the interaction between people and technology! Without exception delegates, and to a notable extent presenters, went away with a combination of up-to-date knowledge and a better perspective on the fundamental concepts of imaging in circuit manufacture.”

It is planned to run the next Masterclass in early 2006, on the theme of Current Developments in Inspection and Test. Watch the web-site www.InstCT.org for details.

Pete Starkey
ICT Council
October 2005

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