I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week

April 9, 2021 | Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007

In this week’s roundup, we have news about a new DFM environment from Siemens EDA, a 2D field solver from Avishtech, and a milestone for the IPC-CFX-2591 QPL. We also have a great article by Calumet’s Audra Thurston, who points out the many advantages of a virtual trade show. And in his latest column, Denny Fritz explains why the DoD is now thinking like many U.S. OEMs—worrying about single-source components, for instance—but the stakes are much higher.

Driving Down Cost in the Supply Chain

April 8, 2021 | Meghan Zou, EPOCH

Driving cost out of the supply chain goes beyond reduction of raw material cost. Though many of the manufacturers today concentrate on negotiation with their raw material supplier(s) the hidden cost of internal supply chain goes undetected. To address the cost of the entire supply chain we should not only look at direct material cost but also the cost of internal supply chain. At Epoch we looked at four areas in particular which include: planning/tracking, storage/delivery, inventory management, and supplier relationships.



SMT Solver: Major Drivers for Improving Yield and Reducing Cost

April 7, 2021 | Ray Prasad, Ray Prasad Consulting

In some of my previous columns I have gone into the details of types of defect that are predominant. There are many reasons we worry about defects, but the key reasons are increased cost and reduced reliability. These defects must be...

Zulki’s PCB Nuggets: Five Key Benefits for Onshoring PCB Microelectronics Assembly

April 6, 2021 | Zulki Khan, NexLogic Technologies, Inc.

There are five key benefits to U. S. OEMs for onshoring PCB microelectronics assembly and manufacturing, but this discussion is prefaced by this fact: the future lies in PCB microelectronics assemblies compared to traditional SMT...

Punching Out: ‘If I Were 20 Years Younger’

March 31, 2021 | Tom Kastner, GP Ventures, Ltd.

We hear a lot of owners say, ‘if I were 20 years younger, I would…’, meaning they would make major investments or strategic changes if they had the time to realize the return on investment. Other reasons for not...

Driving Cost Out of Your Supply Chain Featuring:

  • Supply Chain Cost Management is a Holistic Business Approach Interview with Tim Rodgers
  • A New Captive PCB Facility in the U.S. Interview with Jessi Hall and Diane Maceri
  • What Makes a Great Supply Chain Manager? by Tim McLean
  • 10 Ways to Identify Counterfeit ICs by Bill Cardoso
  • IPC Managers Forum: Vertical Integration by Pete Starkey
  • Overcoming Component Selection and Sourcing Challenges by John Watson
  • Driving Down Cost in the Supply Chain by Meghan Zou
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