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Learning a lesson from challenges is one thing, but implementing changes based on those lessons is quite another.
I-Connect007 regularly surveys leaders in the electronics industry to bring you important and relevant information that helps you make better decisions. What lessons have you learned during the COVID-19 crisis, and what changes have you made?
Nearly half of those who responded to our recent survey said they had made changes to the work environment. Many have continued to work remotely as the health and safety of employees is of the utmost concern.
For those still working on-site, factories have implemented social distancing wherever possible, adding shifts to reduce congestion, defining high-traffic areas for cleaning, constantly cleaning their workspaces, providing PPEs for employees, requiring them to submit to temperature checks, and overall practicing better personal hygiene.
Of course, all of this comes with its own set of challenges, especially for those who are not accustomed to working from home. PCB, EMS, and OEM respondents all said they have made some changes to their budgets, as well as the way they conduct sales, train employees, and operate within the supply chain.
When you take the time to respond to I-Connect007’s surveys, we are better able to collect and share unique information solely aimed at helping you be more streamlined, profitable, and successful. The economy will not recover overnight, but it’s clear PCB leaders are flexible and making necessary changes as they adapt to new realities.
Mark Laing, Siemens Digital Industries Software
New product introductions (NPIs) and customization have been increasing rapidly over the past few years—with the results that the already-small profit margins in electronics assembly are shrinking even further. Fifteen years ago, the PCB was the product. Today, most products are a system, with multiple PCBs, cables, and enclosures. Many manufacturers want to provide turn-key products that have multiple BOMs, making the assembly process even more complicated.
Patty Goldman, I-Connect007
Doug Pauls holds a B.A. in chemistry and physics from Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He worked nine years for the Navy, eight years as technical director of Contamination Studies Labs, and 19 years at Rockwell Collins (now Collins Aerospace), in the Advanced Operations Engineering group, where he is a principal materials and process engineer. Doug was awarded the Rockwell Collins Arthur A. Collins Engineer of the Year Award in 2004.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
We interviewed two of this year’s IPC President’s Awards, Joe Kane of BAE Systems and Zhiman (Susann) Chen of Zhuzhou CRRC Times Electric Co., Ltd. The IPC President’s Award is given to IPC members who have exhibited ongoing leadership in IPC and have made significant contributions of their time and talent to the association and the electronics interconnect industry. The award is a personal honor to recognize the winners’ selfless dedication to the electronics industry in terms of their time, expertise, and leadership.