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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.
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Matt Bergeron, Integra
Integra is one of the largest and most experienced semiconductor die prep, assembly, test, and qualification facilities in the United States, with locations in both Wichita, Kansas, and Silicon Valley. At the recent IPC Advanced Packaging Symposium, Integra was invited to present information about how we meet our customers’ specific needs.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
During a recent tour of the MKS facility in Beaverton, Oregon, I met with Todd Templeton, Chris Ryder, Kyle Baker, and Martin Orrick. As a reminder, MKS acquired ESI in 2019 and has retained the ESI brand. In this interview, they explain their approach to HDI and ultra HDI, the current state of base materials, and what the future looks like on the cutting edge of technology.
Dan Beaulieu, D.B. Management Group
Bob Duke has been involved in global sourcing for over 20 years, and by global sourcing, it’s far beyond basic PCBs and PCBAs. Bob was doing this sort of thing before it was cool. He has been involved in everything from metal and plastic fabrication to cables and wire harnesses— just about anything an electronics customer might need. So, when American Standard Circuits started a new division to expand its global sourcing solutions, it was no surprise that CEO Anaya Vardya tapped his long-time friend Bob Duke to lead the way. I sat down to have a talk with Bob about this new division and his plans for the future.