With the fast changing semiconductor technology, ensuring uninterrupted supply of semiconductor parts for long life products has become really a tough challenge. You may have the wafer banks, you may have the necessary equipment to get those wafers put into Ics when needed; but the big question that remains is the availability of manpower down the time-line to understand, repair the tools during the lifecycle. Parts may be fabricated but if some small software bug is to be corrected , who is going to handle it? The engineers generations are also fast adapting to the new technologies and on the way forgetting the old ones. A couple of years down the line, for example, nobody will remember that there was something called RS-232-c for all kind of serial communications or the Centronics parallel interface for the printers How are we going to handle this situation?
Obsolescence management should be the part of product life cycle mangement in any product design comapny becuase when a critical part gets obsolte, it really hurts the design very badly. Obsolescence management becomes a priority in aerospace and militray design.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.