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Posts posted in February 2016
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Atlas Robot Wows
R. Colin Johnson  
2/29/2016   (1) comment
Google's (now Alphabet's) Boston Dynamics' Atlas Robot for DARPA wows, makes sci-fi feel like reality.
U.S. Manufacturing CFOs Optimistic About Business Prospects
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/29/2016   Post a comment
New research has found that manufacturing executives believe that the prospects of their individual companies exceed that of the general economy.
Watch These 7 Humanoid Robots Serve Their Human Masters
Ann R. Thryft  
2/26/2016   (1) comment
What are humanoid robots? Most of them sort into two general categories. This time, we'll look at obviously mechanical objects shaped like people, like the earlier Terminator models before SkyNet wised up and made them look like Ahnald.
Consumers Get on Board with Connected Cars
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/26/2016   Post a comment
Industry pundits and consumers alike agree that connected cars are just plain cool. Here's a look at the market, and what consumers are saying they want.
Data Rich, Information Poor: The Conundrum of the Distribution Center
Puga Sankara  
2/26/2016   (1) comment
Everyone has data, but real success is about insights. It's important to understand how to effectively leverage data for measurable success.
Apple, FBI Talks Need Engineers
Rick Merritt  
2/25/2016   Post a comment
A panel of experts need to study and report to the public on the legal and technical alternatives in security and privacy, and engineers need a seat at that table.
Offering Support & Best Practices for Global Labeling
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/25/2016   Post a comment
EBN sat down with Mike Thornton, director of technical services & support, at Loftware, a maker of enterprise labeling solutions, to get a handle on the best practices around labeling that have emerged.
6 Tips for Streamlining Alternative Product Approval
Jon Pickard  
2/25/2016   Post a comment
Despite the need for strict protocol when accepting alternative items, the benefits of streamlining the approval process are significant.
IoT Networks Expand at MWC
Rick Merritt  
2/24/2016   Post a comment
Ingenu, LoRa and Sigfox announced new partners at the Mobile World Congress as the low-power wide area networks vie with cellular to connect the Internet of Things.
Consolidated Contract Handling Empowers Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/24/2016   Post a comment
By creating a holistic approach that stretches from supply chain and procurement through legal, human resources, and IT, electronics companies can get ahead of the contract curve.
The Electronics Supply Chain Can Thrive in the Circular Economy
Pamela J. Gordon  
2/24/2016   Post a comment
The electronics supply chain has the potential to leverage best practices of the Circular Economy to improve and expand business.
Near Field Communications Addressing IoT Adoption Barrier
Rich Quinnell  
2/23/2016   (2) comments
Proclaiming a "new era in NFC" (near field communications), semiconductor vendor NXP has announced two new devices that target applications beyond traditional financial transactions.
4-Step Appreciative Inquiry Process Solves Procurement Issues
Somdipto Ghosh  
2/23/2016   Post a comment
By using an appreciative inquiry model, purchasing departments can take the focus off of what's going wrong and focus squarely on how to get things moving in a good direction.
How Technology Can Help Retailers Handle Peak Season Returns
Mike Maris  
2/23/2016   Post a comment
Retailers right now are dealing with the massive returns they face after every holiday season – a number that seems to be growing each year. The right technology systems can help.
20 Notable Tech-Based Playthings that Took Toy Fair 2016 By Storm
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/22/2016   (4) comments
The North American Toy Fair was abuzz with new toys that teach engineering and electronics or incorporate the latest technology. Take a look at some of the newest innovations.
Battery Storage Systems Shine With Solar Deployments
Patrick Mannion  
2/22/2016   Post a comment
Homeowners, who may soon store energy from solar cells instead of selling back to the grid, should select storage components wisely.
BT's New Tool Measures Supply Chain Sustainability
Pablo Valerio  
2/22/2016   Post a comment
A new tool from British Telecomm is aimed at helping the organization's suppliers to measure their sustainable practices. The company's focus on innovation in circular economy sets a bar for the industry.
7 Trends You'll See at MWC 2016
Brian Dipert  
2/19/2016   Post a comment
CES is an increasingly common place for cellular industry news, but Mobile World Congress remains the dominant conference for wireless applications. What should you expect to hear announced there? Glad you asked.
Mobile World Congress Gets Industry Aflutter
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/19/2016   Post a comment
Next week, the mobile industry is gathering in Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress. In advance, we're looking at what topics are capturing interest.
Simulation Tools Optimize Processes & Take Surprises Out of WMS Deployments
Puga Sankara  
2/19/2016   Post a comment
Simulation is a very powerful tool that is underused in the supply chain. Today, major distributors move big volumes of really expensive merchandise are one exception. One would think, every major software vendor would offer this capability, but not yet.
MWC to Focus on Making 5G Real
Jessica Lipsky  
2/18/2016   Post a comment
OEMs, telcos and semi companies will continue to pave the yellow brick road toward 5G communications at this year’s Mobile World Congress. While last year featured heavy discussion around standardization, much of the 5G talk at the 2016 conference will center around commercialization.
On-Premise vs. SaaS vs. PaaS: Choose the Right e-Commerce Strategy
Rich Landa  
2/18/2016   Post a comment
2016 is a vital “do or die” stage for B2B companies looking to get ahead with e-commerce. Choosing the right path is critical.
Watson XPrize Worth $5 Million
R. Colin Johnson  
2/17/2016   Post a comment
IBM and XPrize will sponsor a Cognitive Computing Competition with a $5 million purse to be announced at TED2016.
Embedded Packaging Fights Counterfeiting, Enhances Supply Chain Transparency
Susan Fourtané  
2/17/2016   Post a comment
Digitally interactive embedded packaging solution for OEMs backed by a cloud platform enables real-time data capture strategic insights on products to help increase the agility of supply chain management.
Listen to Your Product & Boost Supply Chain Profitability
Bhaskar Banerjee  
2/17/2016   Post a comment
Listen to what your products are saying to your customers, and you'll be well ahead of competition.
Wearable Tech Goes à La Mode
Junko Yoshida  
2/16/2016   Post a comment
Please hold all eye rolling until after the slideshow...
Europe’s RoHS 10-Year Anniversary Gives U.S. a Pointer
Pablo Valerio  
2/16/2016   Post a comment
While the United States doesn’t have an equivalent legislation at federal level, several states have enacted RoHS-like legislature. It may be time to look at a nation-wide directive.
Supply Chain in Flex Presents Major Challenges for OEMs
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/15/2016   Post a comment
Risk continues to increase with the complexity of the supply chain. Unfortunately, many organizations don't have the technology, systems or people in place to effectively manage it, a new survey found.
EBN@C-Level: Admiral Dennis Blair Talks About Supply Chains, Security & Cyber Threats
Pamela Passman  
2/15/2016   Post a comment
Admiral Dennis Blair shares insights into the impacts of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and rising cyber threats for American and Japanese companies and their supply chain partners.
The Gaping Skills Gap in Advanced Manufacturing
Rob Spiegel  
2/12/2016   (1) comment
A panel session on the advanced manufacturing workforce at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing show in Anaheim this week revealed a major skills gap.
Critiquing the Macroeconomics of the ITRS More Than Moore Approach
Apek Mulay  
2/12/2016   Post a comment
Moore's Law isn't dead yet. Industry plans to move beyond it are premature.
Retailers Need to Woo Tech-Savvy Online Buyers
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/12/2016   (1) comment
The more tech-savvy a customer is, the more likely that customer will want to buy their electronic gear using a mobile device, a new survey from UPS finds.
Why Is Industry 4.0 So Scary But Necessary At the Same Time?
William Ng  
2/11/2016   Post a comment
People don’t like change, but as did the three industrial revolutions before it, Industry 4.0 will deliver painful change and irrecoverable harm to those that don’t adapt.
Automotive Tech Advances Cast a Wide Net for Semiconductor Growth
Lisa Ann Cairns  
2/11/2016   Post a comment
Although the momentum for “driverless cars” has been gaining speed, there are many initial tech challenges to overcome. Meanwhile, the path towards autonomous vehicles is presenting healthy and sustainable competition for a wide set of companies along the semiconductor and electronics supply chain.
What Does Auto Industry Want from 5G?
Junko Yoshida  
2/10/2016   Post a comment
Although the cellular industry is busy pitching a yet-to-be-defined fifth-generation (5G) cellular standard as all things to all people (and all industries) including cars, carmakers' actual readiness for 5G is entirely another story.
Maximize the Full Potential of 2015’s $100B M&A Activity
Dan Glotter  
2/10/2016   Post a comment
For merging companies in the manufacturing industry, it is clear that a timely, successful outcome is predicated on a quick, accurate, and consolidated assessment of the supply chain to optimize production and minimize disruption.
19 Views of ISSCC
Rick Merritt  
2/9/2016   (1) comment
Chips for smart cars, fast wired and wireless links, cool cameras and more appeared at at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Apple Supply Chain Feels iPhone Pain
B. Cameron Gain  
2/9/2016   Post a comment
Slackening demand for Apple’s iconic iPhone is putting pressure on electronics suppliers, while the shortfall in sales growth could also affect component prices.
Going Global: 6 Tips for Conquering the World
John Boucher  
2/9/2016   Post a comment
No two countries are alike. If global expansion is on your horizon, there are the six key areas to focus on.
Picking up Good Vibrations: Artificial Trees Harvest Energy
Peter Clarke  
2/8/2016   Post a comment
Researchers from the University of Ohio have shown that tree-like structures made with electromechanical materials are suitable for converting winds or structural vibrations into electricity.
15 Companies Hoping to Make Lebanon a Global Tech Hub
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/8/2016   Post a comment
Positioning itself as a “Silicon Valley of the Middle East,” Beirut is making a home to start ups that are disrupting the electronics industry.
The Data Behind the State of American High-Tech Manufacturing
Ron Keith  
2/8/2016   (1) comment
A quick look at the statistics points to a failure to slow the decline of U.S. manufacturing.
Where Are We With Inattentive Driving?
Junko Yoshida  
2/5/2016   Post a comment
Distracted driving -- especially through the growing use of smartphones in vehicles -- is killing people on the road. Where are the technologies designed to combat the problem of inattentive or intoxicated driving?
Happy Workers = Happy Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/5/2016   (9) comments
If employees are happy, they are going to do a better job. Smart OEMs, then, will make an effort to help employees find satisfaction.
Leverage Video to Engage & Teach New Technology
Puga Sankara  
2/5/2016   (3) comments
Dry and monotonous user manuals are too boring to engage the average worker. Getting employees up to speed through the use of video is a better option.
Don't Climb That Ladder, Use a Flying Robot
Curtis Franklin Jr  
2/4/2016   Post a comment
Ladders in industry lead to accidents. Airborne robots could replace them.
Paris Agreement: Supply Chain Implications
Susan Fourtané  
2/4/2016   (1) comment
The recent Paris Agreement climate deal by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in December puts a lot on the line in regards to supply chain management.
Shipping Left Out in Climate Pact, Industry Deals with It
B. Cameron Gain  
2/4/2016   Post a comment
The Paris climate agreement didn't specifically charge the logistics industry with a role in change, but the industry is taking up the mantle anyway.
TSMC's 300mm Chinese Wafer Fab Wins Approval
Peter Clarke  
2/3/2016   Post a comment
The Taiwanese government has given foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) approval to build a 300mm wafer fab in China, according to reports that reference the Investment Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Weighing the Benefits & Risks of an Outsourced Supply Chain
Christopher Cobb  
2/3/2016   (1) comment
Using an outside source to manage supply chains can prove beneficial to many different kinds of companies.
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