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I had the opportunity to sit down with operations and supply chain expert Fane Friberg recently to talk about how a company can only be as good as its supply base, and how driving supplier improvement directly impacts product improvement.
Steve Williams: Hi, Fane. Thanks for taking the time to sit down with me and talk about a subject near and dear to both our hearts—supplier development. You have been a senior operations and supply chain executive for some of the biggest companies in our industry, including Plexus, GE Oil & Gas, Avnet, GE Aircraft and Goodrich, as well as turning around a number of smaller manufacturing organizations. I understand you have recently started your own company, Cephas. Can you tell me a little about it?
Fane Friberg: Cephas is a supply chain consulting group that strives to optimize the value proposition for the companies it engages with. It’s a slant on the theory of constraints (ToC), introduced by Eliyahu M. Goldratt in his 1984 book, The Goal. What is it today that needs attention to resolve pain points, rocesses, and challenges, and then to design solutions that address exactly those things.
To have a standard platform that drives a competitive advantage, the manufacturing operations team (inclusive of those suppliers that provide business value) must have a proven methodology to realize profound impact and sustainable results. This includes:
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Editor's Note: This article was originally published in the August 2015 issue of The PCB Magazine.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
The British Motor Museum in Warwickshire, housing the world's largest collection of historic British cars, was venue for the 2022 Annual Symposium of the Institute of Circuit Technology on June 8, which attracted a substantial gathering of manufacturers and suppliers from the UK printed circuit industry. ICT chair Emma Hudson reflected upon lessons learned during the pandemic lock-down and how the industry has successfully adapted to circumstances. She commented that the UK’s PCB fabricators are extremely busy, as she introduced an outstanding conference programme including a keynote from the incomparable Happy Holden.
Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007
This week, we bring you an article about manufacturing training for veterans, and a review of a great signal integrity webinar. IPC honors its A-Teams with the coveted Golden Gnome Awards, and Technica discusses various ways for fabricators to increase ROI. Dan Beaulieu has a review of a really cool book: Back to Human—How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation. In spite of all the meetings on Teams and Zoom, it’s easy to feel disconnected. But great leaders find a way to foster that connectivity.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The big news in the industry this week was the new bill introduced to the U.S. Congress in support of the PCB manufacturing industry. The Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022, which was introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT), incentivizes “purchases of domestically produced PCBs as well as industry investments in factories, equipment, workforce training, and research and development.” The bill is a PCB-oriented complement to the semiconductor-oriented CHIPS Act of 2021.