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Reliability Matters Episode 48: A Conversation with David Alexander, a China Supply Chain Expert about Importing from and to China

Reliability Matters Episode 48: A Conversation with David Alexander, a China Supply Chain Expert about Importing from and to China

July 28, 2020

We are all familiar with the pros and cons of importing goods from China. China supply chain expert David Alexander discusses pros and cons of doing business in China. David also discusses the lesser known opportunities of exporting US goods to China and China's appetite for western brands.

David is founder and president of Baysource Global, company which provides management of offshore factories, US sales and distribution of Chinese products as well as distribution of US products in to China.

Reliability Matters Episode 47: A Conversation with Environmental Sustainability Expert Matthew Chalkley

Reliability Matters Episode 47: A Conversation with Environmental Sustainability Expert Matthew Chalkley

July 16, 2020

Matthew Chalkley has over 26 years of supply chain experience in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Chalkley has held a number of senior operational management positions within, engineering, manufacturing, materials management, procurement, and customer order fulfillment.

Chalkley was the Global Program Manager for IBM’s Supply Chain Social & Environmental Management System and the Global Tactical Lead for IBM’s Center of Excellence for Product Environmental Compliance. Matthew currently chairs the Environmental Sustainable Electronics (ESE) Technical Work Group for iNEMI.

Chalkley has a graduate diploma focused in environmental management from the University of Ulster.

 

 

PCB Chat Episode 63: Wally Rhines on the Latest PCB Design Software Market Results

PCB Chat Episode 63: Wally Rhines on the Latest PCB Design Software Market Results

July 14, 2020

The coronavirus may have taken hold around the globe, but you couldn't tell from the latest printed circuit board design software results. ESD Alliance spokesman Wally Rhines discusses the first quarter EDA market statistics with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow. 

PCB Chat Episode 62: Kevin Walker of Benchmark Lark Technology

PCB Chat Episode 62: Kevin Walker of Benchmark Lark Technology

July 8, 2020

Benchmark Lark Technology this month opened the doors to its 122,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art factory in Phoenix. The new site is significant because it includes both a fabrication and assembly capabilities, making Benchmark a vertically integrated manufacturer and creating one of the few greenfield fab shops in the US in the past 20 years.

PCB Chat speaks with Kevin Walker, product line director, RF & High Speed Circuits at Benchmark Lark, which is a unit of Benchmark Electronics. He has spent more than 30 years in the electronics manufacturing industry, including 10 with Rogers, Dynaco, the flex circuit fabricator, NEE, Micro Systems Technologies, and AVX. He explains the background and strategy behind the new plant, and gives listeners an auditory walkthrough of its features and capabilities.

Reliability Matters Episode 46: “The Experts” - A Special Episode Featuring a Conversation with 4 Industry Experts

Reliability Matters Episode 46: “The Experts” - A Special Episode Featuring a Conversation with 4 Industry Experts

June 30, 2020

On this episode of Reliability Matters, Mike Konrad joins Dr. Jennie Hwang, Phil Zarrow, Bob Willis and Ray Prasad to discuss several industry topics including the pandemic, common technical issues, training and support, and other interesting topics.

Episode 45: A Conversation with Dr. Chris Jackson about Reliability

Episode 45: A Conversation with Dr. Chris Jackson about Reliability

June 26, 2020

Dr. Chris Jackson is founder of Acuitas, a company dedicated to electronics reliability. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New South Wales, and a master's and Ph.D. in reliability engineering from the University of Maryland. He is an American Society of Quality Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE), and a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) from Engineers Australia.

He has been senior reliability engineer for the Australian Defence Force, and director and founder of multiple research centers at the University of California Los Angeles. He has authored or coauthored multiple textbooks on reliability engineering and implemented several RAM programs across multiple industries.

Chris discusses his five-part article titled "Three Ways to do Reliability Allocation." This article may be viewed here:
https://accendoreliability.com/?s=3+Ways+to+do+Reliability+Allocation

Additional technical works by Chris may be viewed at https://accendoreliability.com/page/2/?s=jackson

PCB Chat Episode 61: InspectAR Discusses Electronics Debugging Tools

PCB Chat Episode 61: InspectAR Discusses Electronics Debugging Tools

June 23, 2020

Inspectar is a startup company whose signature product is a tool for fast debugging of electronics hardware. The novel system highlights the nets on a board and captures and shares the metadata with other engineers, regardless of the native tool environment. Mihir Shah (CEO), Darryl Day (CTO) and Matt Noseworthy (CIO) talk about Inspectar’s origins and highlights of the just-released InspectAR 2.0. 

Reliability Matters Episode 44: A Conversation with Dr. Jennie Hwang About Reliability

Reliability Matters Episode 44: A Conversation with Dr. Jennie Hwang About Reliability

June 11, 2020

Dr. Jennie Hwang's wide-ranging career encompasses international business operations, sustained leadership in worldwide manufacturing and technology services, innovative research, intellectual property management, global leadership positions, as well as corporate and university governance.

Dr. Hwang has held senior executive positions with Lockheed Martin. SCM Corp., Sherwin Williams., and was the CEO of International Electronic Materials Corp. as well as co-founded entrepreneurial companies. Currently, her company provides business, technology and manufacturing solutions to the global industry. She has served as an advisor to many Fortune 500 multinational companies, as well as the US government programs.

Her formal education includes Harvard Business School’s Executive Program, Columbia University Business School Corporate Governance program, and four academic degrees (Ph.D., MS, MA, BS) in engineering & sciences from Case Western Reserve University, Columbia, Kent State-Liquid Crystal Institute and Cheng-Kung University, respectively. She was the first female to earn a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University's Engineering School - Materials Science & Engineering and has served on the university's board of trustees since 1996.

PCB Chat Episode 60: Audrey McGuckin on Corporate Talent Strategy

PCB Chat Episode 60: Audrey McGuckin on Corporate Talent Strategy

June 8, 2020

To execute a business strategy, you need to figure out your talent and people piece. So says Audrey McGuckin, a global HR executive, who for more than 25 years has lived and worked across the globe in Singapore, China, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, France, Spain and the US.

Audrey spent more than 20 years at Jabil, rising to vice president and chief talent officer. Today, as head CEO of Audrey McGuckin Talent Solutions, she consults with top CEOs and CHROs to solve complex business challenges through innovative talent and people solutions. Her client base includes a broad spectrum ranging from startups to Fortune 100 organizations.

She discusses her approach to helping businesses attract and keep key talent with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow.

PCB Chat Episode 59: John Davignon of the HDP User Group

PCB Chat Episode 59: John Davignon of the HDP User Group

June 2, 2020

The HDP User Group is a nonprofit consortium that conducts electronics manufacturing research. Its members run the gamut of the electronics supply chain, from suppliers of raw materials to fabricators and contract manufacturers to OEMs. John Davignon, a project facilitator with HDP, explains the organization's structure and approach.