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The July 2015 issue of The PCB Magazine looks at the different challenges PCB fabricators face when it comes to supply chain management (SCM).
Steve Williams gives an all-encompassing overview of supply chains and supply chain management, starting with a little history and progressing right through the nuts and bolts of a good SCM program. Learn how it is in everyone’s interest, up and down the whole chain, to know and embrace the concepts, and then put them into practice.
In our survey, one of the issues highlighted by our respondents was the difficulty in getting materials or suppliers, in particular, specialty laminates. To give light on this subject, Barry Matties interviewed John Pavlak of Rogers Corporation.
Barry also interviewed Insulectro's Ken Parent and Jason Marsh. They had a lot to say about working with not only their customers, but their customers’ customers, via their “Accomplish Change Together” (ACT) program that addresses rigidly defined material specifications.
Ventec also chimed in with their perspective on this month’s topic. Finally, Fred Long presents the distributor’s point of view: It’s all about service and balancing the needs of supplier and customer.
To read the latest issue of The PCB Magazine, click here or click here for the PDF.
Patty Goldman, I-Connect007
Patty Goldman catches up with Gene Weiner, the longest-serving member of IPC, about his experience meeting with the next generation of engineers in IPC’s Emerging Engineers program through a unique contest held at IPC APEX EXPO 2023. Weiner, who has attended well over 60 annual IPC meetings, shared his unflagging optimism and the lessons he’s learned over his illustrious career with the young professionals who managed to find him at the show. With so much still to do, Weiner has no plans to retire any time soon; he’s already hard work helping IPC develop a new program to support aspiring managers in the industry.
John W. Mitchell, IPC
What goes down must also come up. This is not the idiom we’re used to hearing, but I’d like to apply it to IPC APEX EXPO 2023. After a few years of lower attendance numbers due to the COVID pandemic, 2023 ushered in a re-invigorated group of attendees, exhibitors, speakers, event contractors, and staff to the show floor and meeting rooms. IPC APEX EXPO 2023 was fueled by the possibilities of new advances in electronics manufacturing.
Patty Goldman, I-Connect007
Sarah Czaplewski-Campbell, a materials/product development engineer at IBM, shares her experiences as a young professional who has benefited from the guidance of seasoned mentors alongside her own unflagging drive to expand her industry knowledge. She offers poignant advice for prospective professionals, urging them to assertively seek out advice and experiences that will help them progress in their careers.