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Understanding Your Supply Chain: What Is Hiding There

May 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

(was originally scheduled for May 12th) The electronics packaging industry has shifted away from the monolithic systems that were prevalent in the IT-dominated space, to the consumer-focused realm where compute has become pervasive. This results in more complex supply chain dynamics. Key factors for this shift include product/application complexity as well as global complexity; geographical and political diversity; supply chain disruptions (e.g., pandemics, raw material shortages, climate change, etc); and supply chain development (e.g., development and support for new materials). OEMs, OSATs, and Foundries all have supply chain choices. Regardless of what choices are made, the interaction between each and their suppliers varies. Examples are multiple sourcing, single sourcing, and sole sourcing. When each entity works with its suppliers, and the suppliers work with their network of suppliers, the supply chain can become a very elongated and complex network that can be a barrel-shaped supply chain network, diamond shaped supply chain structure, or a hybrid of the different models. Disruptions of any sort can impact the companies across the electronics packaging industry. It has been reported (2020) that only a few companies are (or have been) investing in their supply chain visibility. Visibility is still limited for most of those that have been investing, as they don’t see across their entire supply chain. More significant is that greater than 50% of companies polled had no supply chain visibility at all. Mitigating the challenges and impacts suffered by most suppliers during disruptions mandates implementing and/or optimizing a supply chain management process. Fragmented, unconnected supply chains must be replaced by dynamic, smart, integrated, E2E (end to end) supply chains. Visibility and traceability in an E2E supply chain is critical to providing a resilient supply chain that is flexible and can adapt to impacts/issues in real time. Disruptions that have had significant impact will be discussed in this presentation. A common theme prevails — the lack of transparency. Examples of disruptions, their impact, and risk mitigation will be presented. Speaker(s): Kitty Pearsall, Virtual: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/308665