What do you see as the big issue for 2018?
The big issue as I see it is finding and training factory personnel. This is quite difficult these days and is negatively impacting the performance of many small and medium sized firms in the printed circuit board fabrication and assembly portions of the supply chain.
What do you see on the horizon?
What I see coming along this year is more emphasis on raising the competitive level of firms in the supply chain. This will require investments in education, training and certification.
Michael Carano directs the global business development and advanced research & development of RBP's electronics, mining and medical chemicals businesses. This includes materials and processes for PCB, Semiconductor, Photvoltaic and Functional/ Decorative coatings. Mike also interfaces with OEMs and ODMs on a global basis halping to develop technology roadmaps to insure new technology continues to meet the needs of the supply chain.
Mike has published over 170 technical articles and is the holder of nine U.S. and 22 foreign patents. He has a Bachelors and M.S. degrees in chemistry and an MBA in International Marketing and Business Strategy. He is also a certified IPC Trainer holding the IPC 600 Instructor Certificate. Mike contributes a monthly column in PCB007 titled "Trouble in Your Tank".
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