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The Long, Long Wait for a Manufacturing Renaissance
Frank Cavallaro  
3/31/2015   Post a comment
Although a growing number of companies are moving manufacturing back to the United States, it has yet to translate into a significant impact on the overall economy.
Mothers of Innovation: 12 Women Engineers and Scientists to Know
Suzanne Deffree  
3/30/2015   Post a comment
Here are 12 women engineers and scientists who many likely will not know but should for their significant contributions to engineering, science, technology and mathematics.
Reshoring Manufacturing Sounds Good, But Where Will You Put Your Factory?
Logical Link  
3/30/2015   (4) comments
A return to the US shores for electronics manufacturers has been a long-touted reality. However, finding the right location may be a bigger challenge than anyone might imagine.
5 Things High Tech Firms Know About Managing Projects
Babak Ehteshami  
3/27/2015   Post a comment
A handful of chip companies that carry out project and program management superlatively. Here's what they've learned about winning.
Taking Distribution Operations Communication Beyond Email
Puga Sankara  
3/27/2015   Post a comment
Your distribution center operations team is doing critical work. Email has the potential the slow down, or even bring to a grinding halt, critical tasks.
Solving the Complexity of Demand Management
Ken Fordyce  
3/26/2015   Post a comment
Demand planning can be a difficult and complex undertaking, but it's also critical to the success of the modern supply chain.
Get the Most Out of Your Transportation Management System
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/25/2015   Post a comment
Ajesh Kapoor of GT Nexus spoke to EBN about what to ask of a TMS solution in today’s highly globalized era and how to get the most out of it.
Examining the Importance of Macroeconomic Cycles & the Semi Market
Apek Mulay  
3/25/2015   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry has a potentially critical part to play in mitigating the effects of the natural macroeconomic cycles that occur in the United States economy.
Customizing Electronics While Maintaining Profitability
John Boucher  
3/24/2015   Post a comment
Electronics customization is on the rise, but must be done properly in a way that doesn’t destroy profitability.
Regional Manufacturing: From Philosophy to Practice
Pamela Gordon  
3/24/2015   (1) comment
Craig Carlson, director commodity management at Outerwall, shares his thoughts on the benefits of near-shoring.
Takata Nightmare Teaches Supply Chain Lessons
Tam Harbert  
3/23/2015   Post a comment
Takata's faulty airbags have captured headlines, but by digging a little deeper, this cautionary tale also holds some good reminders for electronics supply chain pros.
PCB Buyers: You Don’t Have to Put Up with Little Plastic Bags
Michael Allen  
3/23/2015   (2) comments
Buying PCB assemblies in custom-formed ESD trays protects your boards, reduces waste, and saves you time and money.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger
Junko Yoshida  
3/20/2015   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
Material Handling Systems Age Out
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/20/2015   Post a comment
In the average manufacturing facility, there's only one word to describe the materials handling systems being used: old.
Forked Android: Sign of Trouble or Creativity?
Junko Yoshida  
3/19/2015   Post a comment
The electronics industry is acutely aware of the growing fragmentation of Android devices. But what about a forked form of Android OS that appears to be proliferating, especially in China?
TE Connectivity’s Supply Chain Chief Shares Leadership Tips
At the Source  
3/19/2015   (2) comments
To find out how this acceleration in high-tech manufacturing is affecting TE Connectivity’s supply chain planning, we interviewed Jim McDonald, vice president, supply chain for TE Connectivity.
Procuring Talent: 5 Keys to the Final Frontier
Priyanka Potdukhe  
3/19/2015   Post a comment
Attracting the best and brightest talent is particularly critical to electronics OEMs. The procurement department has tools, processes, and knowledge that may make that easier for human resources.
Hackaday Prize 2015 Aims to Benefit to Humanity
Steve Taranovich  
3/18/2015   Post a comment
Hackaday Prize 2015 Aims to Benefit to HumanityThe contest goal is solving a problems that matter to everyone, such as in areas of pollution, food for all, and energy efficiency and storage.
Building a Fully Operational Data Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
3/18/2015   (2) comments
Study reveals how organizations can develop a fully operational data supply chain that leads to making more informed and timely decisions.
Macroeconomic Cycles & Business Models
Apek Mulay  
3/18/2015   Post a comment
A look at macroeconomic systems offers a lens for the semiconductor industry.
Scientists Pursue Super-Fast Material
R. Colin Johnson  
3/17/2015   Post a comment
Researchers may have realized an 80-year-old-dream of forming a pure electron crystalline lattice with 200-times the electron mobility of graphene and 1700-times the electron mobility of silicon.
5 Reasons Apple is Set to Create a Car Supply Chain
Bruce Gain  
3/17/2015   Post a comment
Rumor has it that Apple may well try to take a slice of the automotive market with an offering in the not-to-distant future. Here's a look at that the electronics OEM has going for it in this new market.
Battle for Competitive Difference Fought in the Cloud
Frank Cavallaro  
3/17/2015   Post a comment
As the market keeps growing, an increasing number of global players are wielding cloud-based portfolios to gain a competitive edge.
BBC Plugs Kids into Programming
John Walko  
3/16/2015   Post a comment
The BBC will give a new development board for budding Makers to every 11-year-old in the UK next fall, echoing its BBC Micro initiative a generation ago, and raising similar hopes and controversies.
9 Digital Trends Shaping Mobile Design & Innovation
Logical Link  
3/16/2015   Post a comment
Increasingly, mobile devices are touching every corner of the ordinary human life. The same trends driving this phenomenon will also touch every corner of the electronics supply chain and many business-to-business interactions.
Top Technology Deserves a Flawless Launch
Isaac Mathew  
3/16/2015   Post a comment
The speed of business for the high tech electronics sector is always increasing. A perfect product launch, which requires careful logistics planning, could help one product win out over another.
Marvell CEO: The Tinkerer at The Top
Junko Yoshida  
3/13/2015   Post a comment
Marvell CEO has been obsessed with a computer architecture that’s unchanged for decades. Why must its progress depend on more memory and faster CPU? “We are going to fix it for once and all.”
A Quick & Easy Lean Supply Chain Primer
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/13/2015   Post a comment
To really make a difference, lean supply chain has to rise above being a buzzword.
Smart Glasses Go To Work
Rick Merritt  
3/12/2015   Post a comment
Epson, Google, Sony and others are seeking traction for their smart glasses among business users, according to exhibitors at an event on wearable devices.
Mitigating the Risk of Counterfeiting: Continuous Certifications & Accreditations
Kirk Wehby  
3/12/2015   Post a comment
One of the best ways to determine whether distributor partners are doing enough to avoid counterfeit components is ensuring that partners adhere to best practices and achieve critical certifications.
Supply Chain Scoreboard Mitigates Risk
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/12/2015   Post a comment
In manufacturing, systems that allow workers to visually see metrics can increase produtivity and reduce waste.
Apple Watch: Time Will Tell
Rick Merritt  
3/11/2015   Post a comment
Apple showcased significant software and hardware engineering behind its new Watch and Macbook, but the products don’t establish new categories.
Mitigating the Risk of Counterfeiting: Identifying a Proactive Vendor
Kirk Wehby  
3/11/2015   Post a comment
To strip potential counterfeit components from your supply chain, you want to partner with companies who understand that being proactive when it comes to quality and anti-counterfeiting is the key element to success.
Drones in Distribution: Counting Inventory
Puga Sankara  
3/11/2015   Post a comment
Is your distribution center ready to take advantage of drones? The days that drones will be used to count inventory may not be very far off.
Apple Watch: Why Wear It?
Junko Yoshida  
3/10/2015   Post a comment
Brazilian aviator Santos-Dumont provided the inspiration for the first wristwatch design.
Going the Extra Mile for Last Mile Delivery
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/10/2015   Post a comment
Increasingly, consumers want influence over how and when they get the electronics products they buy. Smart OEMs are tackling this question of how to optimize delivery in the last mile early and often.
Drones in Distribution Centers: Has the Time Arrived?
Puga Sankara  
3/10/2015   Post a comment
Is your distribution center ready to take advantage of drones? The days that drones will be used to move boxes from one end to another may not be far off.
Are You Ready for June's Leap Second?
Bill Schweber  
3/9/2015   Post a comment
The divergence between atomic- and astronomical-based timekeeping shows up again this year with the addition of a leap second; though it sounds like a modest correction, it can have serious consequences.
Silicon Valley Innovation Steering Towards Detroit
Logical Link  
3/9/2015   (1) comment
Contract manufacturing giant Flextronics is setting up shop in Detroit. It's little wonder, as electronics becomes a key differentiator in automotive offerings.
Technology Aids Spend Analysis for OEMs
Daniel Grant  
3/9/2015   Post a comment
Foodservice equipment manufacturing conglomerate Manitowoc Foodservice incorporates into its spend analysis efforts with great benefit. Electorics OEM can take a page from their book.
Drowning in Devices: The Growing Problem of e-Waste
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/6/2015   Post a comment
While users looking for the latest and greatest products from electronics OEMs is good news, it creates a huge problem with e-waste management.
Getting Management on Board with PR Content Creation
Savvy Tech Marketing  
3/6/2015   Post a comment
Without management support, public relations effors are nothing but hot air.
VR is New Reality at GDC
Rick Merritt  
3/5/2015   (1) comment
Oculus, Sony, Google and an open source project showed virtual reality offerings at the Game Developer Conference where analyst Jon Peddie sized up the traditional games hardware market.
Apple Marking Progress on the Road to Conflict-Free Minerals
Ariella Brown  
3/5/2015   (3) comments
Apple is leading the charge in the conflict-free minerals race. The company is hoping that slow and steady will win the race.
Self-Driving Cars? Puhleeeze…
Michael Dunn  
3/4/2015   (1) comment
I love the idea of self-driving cars, but how can we trust the automakers to engineer them well enough?
Touchdowns are Great in Football but Not in Semiconductors
David Park  
3/4/2015   Post a comment
While touchdowns are widely celebrated in football, a large number of “touchdowns” in semiconductor manufacturing would not be met with the same level of celebration.
Why the Sharing Company Can Count on Success
Frank Cavallaro  
3/4/2015   Post a comment
Peer-to-peer enterprise sharing holds the key to long-term business success for electronics OEMs.
NXP, Freescale: Bigger Not Better
Rick Merritt  
3/3/2015   (1) comment
The proposed merger of NXP and Freescale creates a embedded chip vendor that is significantly bigger than most, but not all, its rivals and not substantially different.
Port Shutdown Chaos Points to Need for Risk Mitigation
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/3/2015   (1) comment
A recent settlement put to rest the threat of a shutdown of West Coast ports, but electronics OEMs should take it as a warning sign for the need for good risk management planning.
Shedding Light on Electronic Component Pricing
Everett Frank  
3/3/2015   Post a comment
To get the best deals, OEMs need to understand component pricing. Here's a look at teh best way to drive electronic component pricing.
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