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10 STEM Holiday Gifts for Kids
Suzanne Deffree  
12/19/2014   Post a comment
Give the gift of geek this holiday season to the children in your life with these science, technology, engineering, and math goodies for kids.
Get Gifted in Sales & Ops Planning
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/19/2014   Post a comment
Sales and operations planning is critical to supply chain success. The most gifted supply chain organizations make S&OP a priority using these tips for success.
7 Questions With Broadcom’s CTO
Rick Merritt  
12/18/2014   Post a comment
Broadcom's co-founder and chief technologist talks about Moore's Law, his plans for 16nm FinFET tape-outs in 2015, IoT platform wars, and shifts in the engineering profession.
4D-Printed Medical Devices Move Closer to the Supply Chain
Bruce Gain  
12/18/2014   (1) comment
4D printing is hitting real-world applications in the medical industry. In addition to being a great boon to medicine, these advances will likely put pressure on supply chain practices.
IoT Metro Network Race Is On
Rick Merritt  
12/17/2014   (1) comment
The startup Sigfox aims to raise more than $70 million by early next year to fund a US national IoT network using its 900MHz software, and it has a partner for a satellite version.
Make in India Taking Vision to Reality for Indian Semiconductor Manufacturing
Apek Mulay  
12/17/2014   (5) comments
India's Make in India push has resulted in two new semicondcutor fabs in the country. It's a good start, but the country will have to move carefully to ensure economic success.
Fostering a Spirit of Supply Chain Innovation
Logical Link  
12/17/2014   Post a comment
We talk about innovation, but we need to ask ourselves what it really means for the supply chain.
G.fast Now on Fast Track
John Walko  
12/16/2014   Post a comment
Chip vendors are gung-ho about G.fast, the standard that promises data delivered in 1 Gbit/s over existing cooper.
Cloud: Adopting the Next-Gen IT Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/16/2014   Post a comment
As more customers move to the cloud, will OEMs have to change the way they think about connecting with customers?
Companies Curb Corruption Risk by Training Supply Chain Partners
Leslie Benton  
12/16/2014   (1) comment
In today's extensive supply chains, companies need to do more to communicate anti-corruption requirements and monitor compliance of third parties.
Apple & GT Advanced: Working With a Hot OEM, Suppliers Sometimes Get Burned
Tam Harbert  
12/15/2014   (3) comments
When Apple tapped GT Advanced Technologies to provide synthetic sapphire for its displays, it seemed like a dream come true. The relationship ended in a flameout -- a contentious and highly publicized divorce.
Stop! Recycle Those Old Batteries!
Max Maxfield  
12/12/2014   (7) comments
Around 3 billion batteries are discarded in the United States each year, releasing all sorts of unpleasant substances -- including mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel -- into the environment.
Building the Mobile Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/12/2014   (6) comments
Mobile apps will shortly become a mainstay of the average supply chain as organizations come to understand the huge benefits to logistics and supply chain activities.
DARPA Offers Free Watson-Like Artificial Intelligence
R. Colin Johnson  
12/11/2014   Post a comment
DeepDive is a free version of IBM's Watson, developed in the same Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program, but it is being made available free and open-source.
EUV Rollout Slowed, 450mm Wafers Halted, Uncertain Path Ahead for Supply Side Economics
Apek Mulay  
12/11/2014   (2) comments
The path beyond 14nm may cause the death of supply side economics but not a demise of Moore's Law.
8 Places Wireless Charging Is Hitting Mainstream
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/11/2014   (12) comments
Soon wireless charging will be one of those "how did we ever live without it" technologies. Today, applications are cropping up everywhere.
Do P-Cards Really Benefit Procurement Executives?
Priyanka Potdukhe  
12/10/2014   (3) comments
Procurement cards have some real benefits and some real downsides.
A Simple Measurement Mystery
Bill Schweber  
12/10/2014   (4) comments
Sometimes even data and modest, small observations don’t add up, and we have no way to knowing for sure where the problem lies, or whether there even is one.
iPhone EarPod Packaging Misses the Design for Environment Boat
Pamela Gordon  
12/10/2014   (5) comments
Apple makes great products, as the popularity of all sorts of iDevices proves. The packaging, though, of the recently-released EarPods misses some basic Design for Environment principals.
Smart Panel Ponders AI's Future
Jessica Lipsky  
12/9/2014   (4) comments
Artificial intelligence is well on its way to entering the market by 2025, but it may look different than the public has imagined. AI could give systems the ability to talk to each other quickly and simply or to reason and make inferences.
How SMT Component Packages Affect Manufacturing
Michael Allen  
12/9/2014   (4) comments
Reels, mini-reels, cut tape, trays, tubes, bulk… Here's how your choice of SMT component package impacts manufacturing.
Design 2.0: A New Moore’s Law
Rick Merritt  
12/8/2014   (2) comments
Something I am calling Design 2.0 is bubbling up in the engineering community, injecting new energy into the profession. In many ways, it's the new Moore’s Law.
4 Phases of Supply Chain Finance: A Tale of One Company’s Journey
Dan Juliano  
12/8/2014   (2) comments
Often, an example is better than a lecture. We're tracing one company's journey through its supply chain finance mistakes and final success, to offer a pointer to those who are starting down this path.
Big Data & Analytics: Core to Next-Gen Manufacturing
Susan Fourtané  
12/8/2014   (2) comments
With the help of big data and analtyics, companies can produce a more efficient and agile supply chain driven by valuable data. But research suggests that Asia-Pacific manufacturers might need a little push.
LEDs Brighten the Holidays, Launch Fashion Trend, Refute Climate Skeptics
Lee H. Goldberg  
12/5/2014   (2) comments
This week's top stories include "LED lighting officially declared a No-Brainer for most Businesses," a look at how Corning's new light diffusing fiber may find its way into clothing, and a new Li-Fi system which lets objects speak for themselves.
2014 Top 10 Robotics Projects on Kickstarter
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/5/2014   (9) comments
Take a look at the newest robots coming down the pike. These inventors are making everything from educational toys to industrial tools.
Supply Chain Risk Management Step by Step
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/5/2014   Post a comment
Risk is a reality in the supply chain. Too often, though, organizations ignore the problem and underprepare. This step-by-step guide leads supply chain managers through best practices.
Do You Feel IoT Device Fatigue Yet?
Junko Yoshida  
12/4/2014   (2) comments
After the novelty of the wearable device wears off, will consumers settle into device fatigue or out-and-out revolt? Who wants the whole neighborhood knowing you forgot to brush your teeth?
6 Steps to Closing the Reverse Logistics Loop
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/4/2014   (1) comment
A closed loop supply chain can seem out of reach of the average organization. These six steps offer a clear process for creating a successful green effort.
Introducing the New City, Running on the IoT
Logical Link  
12/4/2014   (5) comments
The electronics industry has its eye on the Internet of Things. As the number of devices explodes, a new customer is coming onto the scene: smart cities.
Integration: The Secret to Reverse Logistics Success
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/3/2014   (2) comments
Reverse logistics is often seen as a necessary evil and a big time sink. With an integrated process, though, these activities can actually add to the organization's bottom line.
Catcher Drones to Geo-Fence Industrial Sites
Julien Happich  
12/3/2014   (1) comment
Once more in October, drones were making the headlines in France, with unidentified units reportedly flying over the country's state-operated nuclear power plants.
Know What High-Tech Online Shoppers Want
Change in the Chain  
12/3/2014   (21) comments
Electronics OEMs need to pay attention to consumer experience in order to win the race to capture customer loyalty.
Intel X86 Eyes Google Glass
Jessica Lipsky  
12/2/2014   (1) comment
The next generation of Google Glass may have new guts, as an Intel x86 processor is expected to replace the Texas Instruments Omap chip.
Changing World Requires Risk Management Focus
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/2/2014   (1) comment
Risk isn't a new topic in the supply chain, but it's one that is moving up the priority list for many electronics companies, as a global reach becomes a reality.
How Big Data Solves Small but Costly Warehouse Problems
Frank Cavallaro  
12/2/2014   (2) comments
Big data can untangle and integrate seemingly unrelated pieces of data to solve small but costly problems in any warehouse or distribution center.
Poor Planning & Lack of Staffing Threaten Manufacturing Growth
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/1/2014   (13) comments
Manufacturing is a growth industry, but a huge talent gap might slow things down, a new survey said.
The Spec Dilemma
Fred Molinari  
12/1/2014   Post a comment
Specifying a product may seem straightforward, but is it really?
Management Neglects Supply Chain Talent
Tam Harbert  
12/1/2014   (8) comments
Companies need to up their game when it comes to nurturing and encouraging supply chain talent. A new study offers helpful tips.
China Presents Opportunities & Challenges
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/28/2014   (19) comments
When it comes to the electronics industry, OEMs need to deal with China, a country that offers both opportunity and challenge.
Mobile Payment Technology Reaching Critical Mass?
Rich Pell  
11/27/2014   (11) comments
Long predicted but always seeming to be "just around the corner," mobile payments may finally have arrived.
Electronics Top Holiday Shopping List
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/27/2014   (10) comments
When it comes to holiday shopping, tablets, smartphones, and more will be top picks for consumers, making the coming weeks a potential boon for electronics OEMs.
10 Holiday Gifts for Tech Lovers
Brian Dipert  
11/26/2014   (20) comments
Got techie family members and friends on your holiday shopping list, but no idea what to get them? This engineer has plenty of suggestions for you.
4 Ways to Boost Supply Chain Performance Through Better Logistics
Jennifer Bosavage  
11/26/2014   (5) comments
With smart logistics practices, OEMs can substantially enhance their supply chain performance.
Making the Grade in Industrial Design
Rich Quinnel  
11/25/2014   (7) comments
Commercial, industrial, and military-grade designs are about more than paper specs. They're about human nature.
Peak Season Demands Real-Time Analytics for Perfect Fulfillment
Frank Cavallaro  
11/25/2014   (6) comments
Speedy order fulfillment comes with a host of challenges -- responding to customer demand in real-time should not be one of them.
Revving Up for the Holidays: Will It Be a Good Season?
Logical Link  
11/25/2014   (1) comment
The electronics industry is cranking up for the holiday season. A look at the latest stats around consumer gadget sales points OEMs in a good direction.
7 Controllers for Internet of Things
Nick Flaherty  
11/24/2014   Post a comment
Seven up-and-coming controllers for Internet of Things as seen at 2014 Electronica show last week.
The 10 Commandments of Attracting Millennials to Manufacturing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/24/2014   (1) comment
Our industry doesn't have to be caught in the upcoming worker shortage. Start early, with these 10 easy rules, and attract the best and brightest workers of the millennial generation.
Industry Growth Pushes Demand for Global Services & Certified Quality Laboratories
Kirk Wehby  
11/24/2014   (1) comment
There's been a steady increase in demand from electronics manufacturers and OEMs for dedicated, customized inventory management solutions and international logistics solutions.
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