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Gaining Control over Cost and Quality in Global Manufacturing


State-of-the-Art Approaches from Design to Sourcing to Production

FEBRUARY 7, 2012, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Agilent Technologies, 5301 Stevens Creek Blvd Santa Clara, California 95051

Continental breakfast and lunch provided.


Global competition is accelerating the pace of innovation and development of complex electronics systems, while forcing down price to consumers. Product life cycles are shrinking, shortening the time required for new products to ramp to volume production, while trying to ensure highest quality to avoid brand erosion. As Brand Owners look to reduce manufacturing costs and focus on core competencies, outsourcing (be it domestic or offshore) all or part of manufacturing has become an imperative. New challenges are in play for many Brand Owners: Retaining control of product quality which has often been “transferred” to the contract manufacturer. To retain control, leading manufacturers are taking a holistic view of their manufacturing supply chain and turning to cloud computing technologies to ensure real-time multi-tier supply chain visibility while fostering an ongoing collaboration with suppliers.

In this seminar, experts will address global manufacturing strategies that have proven results improving product quality while reducing costs. The speakers will share best practices from industry leaders who have successfully implemented collaborative, state-of-the-art solutions with their suppliers and contract manufacturers and achieved results in cost and quality.

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8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Registration/Breakfast

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome and Agenda Overview

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM The Economics of Diagnostics and Repair in Development, Production, and Support – Duane Lowenstein, Business Development Manager, Agilent

9:45 AM – 10:15 AM Using Design for Reliability to Reduce Product Life Cycle Costs – Mike Silverman, Managing Partner, Senior Reliability Consultant, Ops A La Carte

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Break

10:35 AM – 11:05 AM A Holistic View of Quality – Nader Fathi, General Manager, Supply Chain Quality, Camstar

11:05 AM – 11:45 AM Quality Visibility in an Outsourced High Mix/Low Volume Manufacturing Operation – Jason K Ruppert Vice President Manufacturing Operations & Engineering, Harmonic

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Conclusion and Thank You

12:00 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch and Follow-Up Discussion



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