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Design Visualization Is Advancing in the Plant
Rob Spiegel  
5/25/2015   Post a comment
Advanced visualization can depict an entire plant in motion, while also detailing an individual workstation. Individual products can be rendered different for each discipline involved — marketing, engineering, or suppliers.
Procurement Proves Critical in Delivering Organizational Strategy
Priyanka Potdukhe  
5/25/2015   Post a comment
Procurement can make strategic differences in the organization if it is properly integrated into the fabric of the leadership.
Mao Zedong & Little Red Internet
Junko Yoshida  
5/22/2015   Post a comment
Linking Internet leaders like Jack Ma with Chairman Mao
Call for Change: Wearables for Good Design Challenge Looks for Innovation
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/22/2015   (1) comment
UNICEF and ARM are working together to challenge designers to create wearable products that address key global issues.
Looking at the Who & How of Electronics Component Purchasing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/22/2015   Post a comment
UBM's Global Distributor Customer Evaluation Study takes a close look at how design, corporate and supply chain professionals are using online sources, from information aggregators and search engines to social media.
Apple Watch Lacks Pulse, Says Startup
Rick Merritt  
5/21/2015   (1) comment
Bloom Technologies aims to pave the way toward medical-grade wearables that can capture more useful data than today’s gadgets including the Apple Watch.
2015 Top 25 Global Franchised Distributors
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/21/2015   Post a comment
There are plenty of familiar names on the guest list for EBN's list of the top 25 global franchised distributors for 2015. Who do you think will be invited to the party next year?
Broadline Distributors Shine in 2015 UBM Global Distributor Customer Evaluation Study
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/21/2015   Post a comment
UBM's Global Distributor Customer Evaluation Study, an annual ranking based on perceptions by supply chain, corporate, and design executives, provides a close look at how customers rate the performance of major electronics distributors.
Collaborative Robots Are Helping Fuel a Robotics Boom
Rob Spiegel  
5/20/2015   Post a comment
The market for small, flexible robots is growing at a time when robots in general are surging in popularity in plants across the globe.
Transparency Combats Human Trafficking & Slavery in the Supply Chain
Ariella Brown  
5/20/2015   Post a comment
In an effort to stem the problem of human trafficking and slavery, California lawmakers are forging a new path in legislating transparency in the supply chain of large organizations.
Recycled 3DP Materials, Recyclers, and Embedded Recycling Codes
Ann R. Thryft  
5/19/2015   Post a comment
Here are new recycled materials, new recycling machines, and other news about recycling 3D printed materials we've put together in one place.
IBM Surrenders to China’s IT Infrastructure Wishes
At the Source  
5/19/2015   Post a comment
Electronics OEMs who want to sell products in China are having to rethink their supply chain strategy. IBM has taken lead in the charge in this new direction.
Adopt Enterprise Labeling & Improve Your Bottom Line
Deborah Grant  
5/19/2015   Post a comment
As IT systems proliferate every part of the organization, downtime can translate to huge costs. Enterprise labeling can help mitigate the risk.
IoT World: Separating Smart & Dumb Things
Thomas Claburn  
5/18/2015   (1) comment
At Internet of Things World, companies are trying to figure out what objects should get networked.
Top 10 Ins & Outs of Shipping Lithium Batteries
Alasdair Philip  
5/18/2015   Post a comment
Lithium batteries are safe to ship...if you follow best practices.
10 Business Continuity Tips for the Global Supply Chain Era
Bruce Gain  
5/18/2015   (1) comment
Supply chain disruptions are the nightmare of every OEM, but careful business planning can help mitigate the risk that is always on the rise, especially in a global supply chain.
Global Trade Demands Solid Management Apps
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/15/2015   Post a comment
Increasingly, organizations are doing global business and need to find the right combination of global trade management applications to support those efforts.
Apple Watch Troubles: Taptic Engine, Wrist Tattoos
Eric Zeman  
5/14/2015   Post a comment
The limited launch supply of Apple's wearable has been pinned on a faulty component, and some users report problems caused by their tattoos.
DARPA Robots Aim for Finish Line
R. Colin Johnson  
5/14/2015   Post a comment
Next month 25 finalists will compete in the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge (DRC) with a $3.5 million purse--$2 million for first place, $1 million for second place and $500,000 for third place.
Med-Tech Offers Healthy Opportunities for OEMs
Logical Link  
5/14/2015   Post a comment
Medical technology is not only changing lives from a health perspective. It may be offering renewed longevity for OEMs looking for new opportunities.
Getting Beyond the Buzz: Analytics and S&OP
Ken Fordyce  
5/14/2015   Post a comment
More than just a buzz word, analytics can be a critical part of sales and operations planning--and can be a real boon to the supply chain.
A Healthy Dose of Data
José Fernández Villaseñor  
5/13/2015   Post a comment
The role of the Internet of Things is driving health and wellness.
Apple Watch: Build It & They Will Come… Or Will They?
Puga Sankara  
5/13/2015   (4) comments
Apple Watch, one of the most anticipated and supposedly game-changing wearable in the tech industry has arrived. Unfortunately, it has not met Apple’s sales expectations, the reason behind the OEM's reluctance to release initial sales figures. Will it be a winner or a loser?
Supply Chain Cost Reductions Fail to Fuel Mid-Market Growth
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/13/2015   Post a comment
A focus on increasing the strategic worth of the supply chain, not cost reductions, is the key strategy for mid-market manufacturers hoping to grow.
Microchip to Acquire Micrel
Susan Rambo  
5/12/2015   Post a comment
Microcontroller and analog semiconductor company Microchip Technology Incorporated has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the analog semiconductor company Micrel for $14.00 per share--an acquisition price of $839 million.
Commitment to Conflict-Free: Supporting the Spirit & Letter of the Law
Per Loof  
5/12/2015   Post a comment
Proactive action will bring conflict minerals legislation to a place where organizations are supporting both the letter and spirit of the laws.
Change: The Manufacturing Rule, Rather Than the Exception
Deborah Grant  
5/12/2015   Post a comment
New technologies are changing the manufacturing landscape and new labelling systems work to address the changing needs of the supply chain.
New 3D Printing File Format Released
Ann R. Thryft  
5/11/2015   Post a comment
Microsoft, HP, Dassault, and other industry heavyweights in 3D printing have launched a new 3DP file format, 3MF. The consortium says the spec will more fully describe a 3D model and will be interoperable with multiple applications, platforms, services, and printers.
Distributor Quandary: Amazon's Bid for Business Buyers
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/11/2015   Post a comment
Retail behomoth Amazon is taking aim at business buyers, and, although most aren't concerned about today, electronics buyers are wondering what the future will bring.
Create a Customer First Supply Chain for True Transformation
Susan Fourtané  
5/11/2015   Post a comment
Learn how to embrace change to become a customer-centric value chain following expert advice from Oracle's Matthew Banks.
NASA's Curiosity Rover Proves Engineering Truisms
Suzanne Deffree  
5/8/2015   Post a comment
Describing the design and mission of Curiosity Rover, NASA's Luke Dubord reminded embedded systems developers that real engineering is hard facts, big dreams, and teamwork.
DIY/Makers Forge New Trails in Electronics
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/8/2015   Post a comment
The maker movement is thriving in the electronics industry--and these technology enthusiasts may just be building the next wave of technology innovation.
IoT Buzz Sounds Like the Dot Com Era
Rob Spiegel  
5/7/2015   Post a comment
PTC's LiveWorx 2015 IoT conference is tauting the transformative power of connected everything.
West Coast Port Headaches Continue
Jonathan Gilbert  
5/7/2015   Post a comment
Labor issues at Long Beach and Los Angeles ports are causing major headaches for supply chain managers. Again.
Reshoring Nets 10,000 New Jobs in 2014
Rob Spiegel  
5/6/2015   Post a comment
With outsourcing down and reshoring up, the US saw a net gain of 10,000 manufacturing jobs that would have gone overseas last year.
Supply Chain Lacks a Common Standard for Wearables
Bruce Gain  
5/6/2015   Post a comment
Before wearables reach their potential, OEMs and their suppliers have things to do to get the supply chain ready.
First 3 Rules of IoT Security
Rich Quinnel  
5/5/2015   (2) comments
Security for an IoT design involves a myriad of decisions and actions, but these three form the foundation of a successful design effort.
5 Ways to Plug the Supply Chain Talent Gap
Logical Link  
5/5/2015   Post a comment
Electronics, like the automotive industry, is facing a looming worker shortage. By applying smart strategies now, electronics OEMs can start to close the gap.
Customer Requirements Driving OEM Labeling
Deborah Grant  
5/5/2015   Post a comment
Custom labeling may be a way that manufacturers can satisfy customer requirements and gain customer loyalty.
Apple Watch Apps Booming, But Display Toughness Questioned
Eric Zeman  
5/4/2015   Post a comment
The Apple Watch will have no shortage of apps available out of the gate, but the most popular model is also the most susceptible to damage, according to tests.
Apple Watch Teaches Supply Chain Best Practices
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/4/2015   (2) comments
Recent reports of Apple woes around component issues have made headlines. A look at Apple's response, though, shows that Apple's supply chain strategy ensured the problem was not a show stopper.
The 10 Greatest Inventors of the Mid-20th Century
Rob Spiegel  
5/1/2015   Post a comment
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
China Advantage Wanes for OEMs
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/1/2015   (2) comments
Once the clear winner for OEMs in terms of low cost manufacturing, China may soon be less compelling for electronics OEMs.
Apple Watch Teardown Proves It's Hard To Fix
Eric Zeman  
4/30/2015   (1) comment
The miniscule battery in the Apple Watch is the only component nimble-fingered technicians might be able to replace, according to iFixit's latest report.
The Hype and the Hope for the IoT
Peter Gasperini  
4/30/2015   (3) comments
2015 will be a pivotal year for high tech and the global economy in general. Gaining a sense of where the early trends for the IoT are heading is critical.
Supply Chains Will Change Radically over the Coming Decade
Rob Spiegel  
4/29/2015   Post a comment
The supply chain will change significantly over the next 10 years as industry 4.0 technology enhances supply chain performance, according to the 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report, “Supply Chain Innovation — Making the impossible possible.”
Survey Says: C-level Confidence Among Mid-Sized Manufacturers Looks Strong
Mike McDonald  
4/29/2015   Post a comment
Mid-sized U.S. manufacturing CFOs are feeling confident that the economy will remain strong in 2015.
Apple Ticks Up Sales Record
Rick Merritt  
4/28/2015   Post a comment
Apple reported record sales for its second quarter but said its new smartwatch has lower than average profits and forecast a seasonally down June quarter.
Pizza Hut Has Something to Teach the Supply Chain
Frank Cavallaro  
4/28/2015   Post a comment
Pizza Hut’s “subconscious menu” tickles our imagination, making it a winner even if it never reaches U.S. restaurants.
Enterprise Labeling Speeds Time-to-Market
Deborah Grant  
4/28/2015   Post a comment
Too often, multiple warehouse, manufacturing and enterprise systems create a complicated and ineffectual labelling system. A unified labeling strategy, then brings clear benefits.
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