OEM Summit Takeaways

IPC hosted its first OEM Summit at APEX EXPO last week. Panelists included Martin Rausch, GM, System Manufacturing, Intel; Kitty Pearsall, Ph.D., DE, ISC Procurement Engineering, IBM; and Michael Roesch, Manager, Reliability and Test Engineering, Global Engineering Services, Hewlett-Packard.

The discussion varied from halogen-free to quality management to material reliability. Each speaker gave insight to challenges facing supply chain relationships today. One message was clear: the supply chain must work together to meet everyone’s goals.

Here are a few takeaways from the session:

  1. Each participant in the supply chain has very different interests. Acknowledge the interests of your supply chain before starting a relationship, then set expectations.
  2. Environmental issues such as the transition to halogen-free put pressure on the supply chain. Industry should work together to: Identify technology readiness, supply chain capability, as well as the reliability characteristics for BFR-free alternatives, and define the technical limits for all BFR-free materials across all market segments.
  3. OEMs need to influence industry standards, standards must be enforced throughout the entire supply chain, and standards should evolve along as technology changes.
  4. In today’s environment, there are many qualified suppliers. Engage with your OEMs, show them your strengths, produce reliable and quality work and become or remain an actual supplier.

What’s keeping your supply chain relationships strong?

One Comment

  1. Kim Sterling
    Posted April 10, 2009 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    I thought Michael R’s comments were interesting about the trade-offs in including new materials that offer new advantages and how the OEM can’t take responsibility for all of the testing to do so. They place the onus on the supplier. However, the OEM needs to stay involved and monitor trends and participate in standards. Very good presentation.


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