Symposium Conference Proceedings

A Second and Third Tier Supplier Control and Management Process

Authors: Celine YC Chong, Kenneth Scea, Donald Thomas, Allen Miller, Stephen Chong, Lenz Pan WC
Company: IBM Corporation
Date Published: 4/17/2013   Conference: Symposium

Abstract: An absent of the second and third tier supplier control process poses a significant and pervasive threat to the integrity of the global supply chain. The existence of defective material at any level of product assembly; from silicon wafers, through packaging substrates, to finished components can contaminate the manufacturing pipeline at all later stages of assembly. Complex global distribution systems can quickly spread such defects across national and corporate boundaries. A single batch of defective components can affect products for many companies, including those producing subassemblies and final assemblies – companies who may have neither visibility into, expertise in, nor the ability to manage, component-related issues. These issues can manifest themselves in late deliveries to the end client, problems during installation, or worse; end up as latent failures during the product's intended useful life.

This paper describes systems for second and third tier supplier control and management processes. These systems integrate strategic corporate policies, operational management practices, and enabling tools. In addition, the paper will discuss suggestions to for continuous process improvements.

Key Words: 

Second and Third Tier Supplier Control, Integrated Supply Chain Management System

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