Tesla Motors: The Challenge of Building a Supply Chain from Scratch
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Presented by Peter Carlsson, Vice President of Supply Chain, Tesla Motors, and hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society).  Details:

Lean Six Sigma by Peno Pan, a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt @ Los Charros Restaurant
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Peno Pan is a certified lean/ six sigma black belt and PMP project manager with 30 years of engineering and management experience spanning all functional areas of a program’s product life cycle from proposal development to final product delivery. The majority of his experiences are in the space industry including NASA’s manned space flight programs, Space Shuttle and International Space Station, various DoD satellite programs and multiple domestic and foreign commercial satellite programs.

He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Florida and advanced degrees in Metallurgy and Management of Technology as well as an MBA.

This is a presentation with lunch event. The presentation is free. The restaurant has an a variety of choices in burritos and sandwiches for about $6-8.

Details and signup:





Best Practices (and Pitfalls) in Developing and Managing Supply-Chain Reporting @ TBD (Silicon Valley, California)
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Reporting is key to an efficient, responsive, lean, and profitable supply chain.  Yet reporting is often seen as (and is) a real obstacle to improvement.

In this interactive session we will review best practices to ensure that the most common mistakes are avoided:

- Pipeline of report development

- Requirements gathering

- Testing

- Ad-hoc vs. standard reports

- How many reports are needed

- IT or not IT?





Jul 9 – Jul 11 all-day

From silicon to software to systems, SEMICON West showcases the world’s best technology companies from across the micro-electronics supply chain and beyond. This event brings together the people, companies, technologies, and ideas that drive the electronics revolution. SEMICON West is the premier venue for microelectronics innovation.

Demo of Desktop Robot for Automated Assembly @ Qualcomm, Inc.
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Tempo Automation discusses its desktop printed-circuit-board assembly robot.

Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) Overview @ Los Charros Restaurant
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Joe Clancy will give a dinner presentation on Sales & Operations Planning, covering:

What is S&OP?

Why is S&OP needed in organizations?

Challenges to be anticipated in S&OP implementation.

About the Meetup: At the restaurant, go to the private room in the back. A waiter will take orders for dinner.

About the presenter: Joe Clancy has twelve years of experience in finance and accounting in the telecom industry. He has another twelve years of experience in supply-chain operations, most recently with Logitech, where he was the Worldwide Forecasting Manager. There he led the Global Planning Process-Improvement Team, the Supply-Chain NPI Task Force, and the Pre-S&OP Planning Team. Joe has a Management Accounting degree from Suffolk University in Boston, and an MBA from Santa Clara University. When Joe is not working on supply chains, he enjoys coaching youth and high-school baseball.


Join the Bay-Area Operations-Management Meetup group:

Tour of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Facility: FATHOM @ FATHOM
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, FATHOM’s creative team of engineers and designers work with some of the most innovative companies in the world today, helping to produce their next generation of products. If you are looking to deliver products to the market faster and more efficiently while reducing new product introduction costs, FATHOM can help.

FATHOM’s specialties include: 3D CAD Services, Laser Scanning, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, Model Finishing, Simulation Services, Industrial Design, Product Development, Graphic Design, and 3D Printer Sales. Get your project started today by using SmartQuote, our online automated quoting system.

FATHOM is the San Francisco Bay Area distributor of Sytatasys’s range of 3D Printers.

6:30PM – 7:30PM              Registration & Networking (more time to allow for travel)

7:30PM – 7:40PM              Announcements & Introductions

7:40PM – 8:00PM              Overview1 of Fathom by Rich Stump, Principal at Fathom Studio and SIG Chair

8:00PM – 8:30PM              Tour of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Facility

8:30PM – 9PM                   Networking

Silicon-Valley Manufacturing Roundtable: California’s Renewed Focus on Manufacturing–New State Programs/Incentives
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Come hear from state representatives about new and existing programs and policies designed to help California’s manufacturing businesses.  More info:

3D Printing Conference and Expo @ DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Sep 17 – Sep 18 all-day

3D printing is  impacting what we eat, wear, build, drive, fly, and shoot. Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo,  “the” B2B tradeshow for the 3D printing industry, will continue its world tour in San Jose this September 17-18. The event, programmed by Hod Lipson, will feature two full days of conference sessions with two tracks to choose from. Interest in this emerging field is at an all-time high, with the inaugural New York City event attracting more than 3,000 attendees. Top exhibitors including 3D Systems and Stratasys are slated to exhibit in San Jose and showcase their services. Discover what investment opportunities exist and how  your industry will be affected. Our sessions  bring together leading entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, educators, and professionals to prepare you for the 3D printing boom and show you how to utilize 3D printing to improve your business.

PCB West 2013 Conference & Exhibition @ Santa Clara Convention Center
Sep 24 – Sep 26 all-day

UP Media Group Inc., a leader in delivering targeted events to the PCB supply chain, is bringing PCB West 2013 back to the Silicon Valley September 24 – 26 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Our one-day exhibition Wednesday, September 25 and three-day conference program September 24 – 26 are streamlined to better meet the needs of busy and cost-conscious PCB professionals.

This event encompasses the entire PCB supply chain and brings engineers, designers, fabricators, assemblers and managers together to take advantage of unique opportunities to improve skills, increase knowledge and network with peers, colleagues and experts.

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    • “At Western Digital, I brought in Bob Kotcher based on his exemplary job performance, project management skills, academic & practical knowledge, and teamwork/communications skills, all of which Bob had repeatedly demonstrated to me when I had the opportunity to work with him prior to Western Digital. Bob brought with him world-class academic credentials and a simply outstanding knowledge of Factory Physics, including Capacity Modeling, Cycle-Time Simulation, and Lean Manufacturing. Bob is a great guy to work with and would be a valued member of any operations staff wanting to improve its productivity and/or lower operating costs. He won’t let you down.”

      Guy Harper – Engineering Projects Director
      Calisolar, Inc.
    • “At MMC, Bob initiated and led numerous cross-functional process improvement teams that made significant improvements to our production. For example, in one area, he linked together several disparate operations into a cell, reducing cycle time and WIP by 97% and saving $220,000 a year in labor and damaged product.”

      John Kim – Director, Thermal Reactor Process Engineering
    • “At Headway Technologies, we were planning a major capital investment in an additional photolithography stepper tool in order to improve throughput at this bottleneck. Bob did a Monte Carlo simulation analysis of this area and found something that none of us had suspected. The capacity at this work-center was actually operator-constrained, not machine-constrained. He showed us how, by adding operators, we could meet the required capacity increase. A few additional operators in the photolithography area kept these tools at an optimum utilization and this extra Opex was a small fraction of the capital depreciation that another stepper would have cost.” 

      Guy Harper – Engineering Projects Director
      Calisolar, Inc.
    • “At each company that he works with, [Simitar founder Bob Kotcher] strives to improve day-to-day operations, and thus to improve the bottom line.  Bob is not afraid to present politically unpalatable truths, if his work suggests that a change will lead to overall improvement.”

      Dr. Jennifer Robinson – Chief Operating Officer
      Fabtime, Inc.