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116 I-CONNECT007 I REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2022 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE By Tracy Riggan IPC EMS leaders gathered for the EMS Leader- ship Summit on Monday, January 24 at IPC APEX EXPO. Expert and peer presentations on priorities ranging from the economy to the supply chain, cybersecurity, and soware were interspersed with peer-to-peer discussions on several key topics. Supply Chain Challenges a Top Concern ough the Supply Chain panel consisting of Tom Edman, TTM Technologies Inc.; Alex Iuorio, Avnet; and Tom Vanderheyden, TTI, Inc. could not provide a clear end to the current supply chain constraint, the EMS audience was grateful for an open and spirited discussion. e panel suggested that a Just in Time ( JIT) strategy will need to be used in combination with other strategies like managed inventory, and that design owners will need to be more active in the future. All agreed that steps can be taken to improve the situation, including automation of forecast- ing, programs to mitigate cash problems, and most importantly, building relationships with distributors and manufacturers. e panel encouraged the audience to provide more vis- ibility and insights through web-based services to allow them to help drive better decisions IPC EMS Leadership Summit: Peer Solutions to Supply Chain and Labor Development

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