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1. (WO2001039563) METHOD OF ALLOCATING COST SAVINGS ASSOCIATED WITH A MANUFACTURING PROCESS

Pub. No.:    WO/2001/039563    International Application No.:    PCT/US2000/032211
Publication Date: Fri Jun 01 01:59:59 CEST 2001 International Filing Date: Wed Nov 22 00:59:59 CET 2000
IPC: H05K 1/03
H05K 3/00
H05K 3/02
Applicants: PPG INDUSTRIES OHIO, INC.
Inventors: EGLOFF, Debra, R.
FRY, Terry, E.
NOVICH, Bruce, E.
SHEPARD, Paula, A.
WEBSTER, Stephen, P.
Title: METHOD OF ALLOCATING COST SAVINGS ASSOCIATED WITH A MANUFACTURING PROCESS
Abstract:
The present invention also provides a method of cost savings feedback in a printed circuit board value chain that includes a yarn manufacturer which manufactures fiber glass yarn, a weaver which forms the fiber glass yarn into a fabric, a laminator which forms the fabric into laminate and a printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturer which forms the laminate into a PCB which the PCB manufacturer sells to an OEM customer, the method comprising the steps of (a) having a controlling entity; (b) transferring to the controlling entity at least partial control of fiber glass yarn manufactured by a yarn manufacturer; (c) causing the fiber glass yarn to be delivered to a weaver for weaving into fabric; (d) transferring to the controlling entity at least partial control of fabric formed by the weaver; (e) causing the fabric to be delivered to a laminator for laminating; (f) transferring to the controlling entity at least partial control of laminate formed by the laminator; (g) selling the laminate to a PCB manufacturer at a market price for other laminate formed from other fiber glass yarn; (h) causing the laminate to be delivered to the PCB manufacturer; (i) determining cost savings realized by the PCB manufacturer in response to forming PCBs utilizing the laminate versus utilizing the other laminate formed from the other fiber glass yarn; and (j) allocating at least a portion of the cost savings to the controlling entity.