Analyzing the supply chain problems | Episode 1

By Stephen Chavez

COVID might have slowed down, but its impact on the engineering field is still being felt through continued supply chain problems. Organizations, big and small, have been forced to redesign, delay, and sometimes cancel profitable projects simply because they couldn’t find the necessary materials. Many companies are now overhauling their entire sourcing systems to create more resilient systems.

I’m your host, Steph Chavez, a Senior Product Marketing Manager with Siemens. I’m a senior printed circuit engineer with three decades of experience and have spent the past 12 years as a Principal Engineer and global subject matter expert of PCB design for Collins Aerospace (Raytheon Technologies).

Now, in my current role as a Senior Product Marketing Manager with Siemens, my focus is on PCB design best practices and thought leadership. As a IPC Certified Master Instructor Trainer (MIT) for PCB design, an IPC Certified Advanced PCB Designer (CID+), and a Certified Printed Circuit Designer (CPCD), I’m also chairman of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA) where my focus is on the continuous improvement, professional development, and the evolution of the printed circuit engineer throughout the industry. An active IPC member since 2003, I’m currently involved in several subcommittees including specifications IPC-6012, IPC-2221/2222 and have been featured as a subject matter expert PCB design by PCEA, IPC, and several leading industry publications.

I’m glad to be joined by Chad Jackson, Chief Analyst and CEO of Lifecycle Insights, a company delivering research and thought leadership guidance to engineering executives. Chad leads the company’s research and thought leadership programs, attends and speaks at industry events, and reviews emerging technology solutions. Chad Jackson is the Chief Analyst and CEO of Lifecycle Insights. He leads the company’s research and thought leadership programs, attends and speaks at industry events, and reviews emerging technology solutions. Chad’s twenty-five-year career has focused on improving executives’ ability to reap value from technology-led engineering initiatives during the industry’s transition to smart, connected products. Today, he’ll help us understand the current state of the supply chain systems.

In this episode, you’ll hear about the factors that have contributed to the disruption of supply chain systems over the last few years. You’ll also hear about what engineering teams are doing to navigate the new reality. Additionally, you’ll learn about the impact that supply chain problems are having on both small and big companies.

What you’ll learn in this episode

● Factors that are causing supply chain problems (02:39)
● The negative impact of siloed initiatives within the same organization (04:15)
● How supply chain challenges are impacting design processes (07:33)
● Why the smaller companies suffer more due to supply chain problems (11:57)


Chad Jackson

Chad Jackson

Chief Analyst and CEO, Lifecycle Insights

Steph Chavez

Steph Chavez

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Siemens

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This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at https://blogs.sw.siemens.com/podcasts/printed-circuit/analyzing-the-supply-chain-problems/