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120 I-CONNECT007 I REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2022 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE By Zac Elliott SIEMENS IPC APEX EXPO 2022 brought many exhib- itors and attendees to San Diego to explore state-of-the-art solutions in electronics man- ufacturing. ree key themes emerge in my mind as I reflect on the expo—supply chain, sustainability, and socializing. Supply Chain Because of the recent chip shortages, much attention has been given to the stressed supply chain that all manufacturers are now forced to manage. As manufacturers are driven to look for second source and alternate parts on the market, there are significant concerns about supply quality and cost. e new acquisition, Supplyframe, was the most popular topic in the Siemens booth, drawing attendees inter- ested in managing these risks and improving their design-to-source capabilities. Another supply chain topic receiving signifi- cant attention is counterfeit materials. e cur- rent chip shortages provide the perfect envi- Supply, Sustain, Socialize: The Three S's of IPC APEX EXPO 2022

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