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Posts posted in March 2014
The Changing Sound of the Drive
Pallab Chatterjee  
3/31/2014   (1) comment
Sound insulation in the cabin has been increasing, and so has the isolation from the sounds of driving. A trend to address the issue of what the car engine is doing is to play engine sound through the audio system of the car to the cabin.
It’s Time for Better Systems in the Yard
Mary E. Shacklett  
3/31/2014   (5) comments
We've automated many aspects of the supply chain, but the trucks that come into the warehouse are still managed in the warehouse. It's time for a forklift upgrade of yard management.
The Age of the Machines
Best-Practices  
3/31/2014   (3) comments
The robotics revolution has transformed industries from cars to electronics. Now it's optimizing a supply chain near you.
Why We Need More Chip Startups
Brian Fuller  
3/30/2014   (4) comments
The semiconductor industry needs to make big changes to ensure success.
How to Boost Solar Cell Efficiency
Brian Fuller  
3/29/2014   (2) comments
If it's going to be mainstream, solar just has to get more efficient.
EU: Mobile Phone Manufacturers Will Use Only One Charging Connector
Pablo Valerio  
3/28/2014   (19) comments
While all eyes remain on Apple to see what it does with its iPhone and iPad chargers, the European Parliament is moving ahead with plans to implement a common charger standard for all mobile devices by 2017.
Electronic Compliance in the Age of Environmentalism
At the Source  
3/28/2014   Post a comment
The electronics supply chain now understands that a green stance is good for the environment and for business.
Digital Signage Lets Supply Chain Eye the Horizon
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/28/2014   (2) comments
Digital signage helps manufacturers inspire workers and increase productivity.
The Internet of Supply Chains
Christian DeFeo  
3/28/2014   (5) comments
With the help of the distribution community, the wave of excitement over the Internet of Things has the potential to liberate engineers and transform designers.
Simplify the Complexity of M2M
Christian E. Legare  
3/27/2014   Post a comment
The new industrial control made possible by M2M pushes the envelope of traditional supervisory control and data acquisition.
Leverage Female Talent for 21st Century Supply Chain Success
Susan Fourtané  
3/27/2014   (17) comments
In 2014 and beyond, the supply chain needs more female talent management.
Volvo Road Magnets Tell Autonomous Cars Where to Go
Kevin Fogarty  
3/26/2014   (11) comments
Self-driving cars are starting to become a reality, but what about the roads themselves? Volvo is looking to implant magnets into roadways to help autonomous automobiles maneuver through the streets.
Just One Word on the Future of Electronics CMs: Plastics
Tam Harbert  
3/26/2014   (4) comments
Today's US electronics manufacturing service providers are looking for greener pastures, which may leave computer and consumer electronics companys in a difficult position.
The Wall Between Design & Reality
Ben Zimmer  
3/25/2014   (7) comments
Engineers need to learn how to design products that can be easily manufactured. Educators and employers can help make that happen.
Will 'Makers' Change Shenzhen?
Junko Yoshida  
3/25/2014   (6) comments
Yang Yang, founder of RPTechWorks, who teaches how to build 3D printers and sells them, believes that "labor intensive" Shenzhen, China, will eventually become a city known for fast prototyping with "shortened development cycles."
Top Performing Purchasing Orgs Make Tech Investments
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/25/2014   (5) comments
Increasingly, procurement software and solutions will be a critical part of achieving excellent results, a new study finds.
Big Data: Bigger Isn't Always Better
Frank Cavallaro  
3/25/2014   (7) comments
When it comes to big data, bigger isn't always better. For a small to midsized company, starting small often makes more sense.
4 Risk Management Lessons From the Big Guys
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/24/2014   (5) comments
Midsized organizations face all of the same supply chain risks as their large counterparts. Fortunately, there are lessons to be learned from these giants that can be applied as well.
Analytics: Improve Rather Than Manage Contracts
Revving Revenue  
3/24/2014   (3) comments
Smart contract management can deliver big business value.
Extending Battery Life
Jack Ganssle  
3/23/2014   (4) comments
Things have changed in the computing world, giving ultra-low-power embedded systems even more promise.
Stop Surfing the Learning Curve
Caleb Kraft  
3/22/2014   (7) comments
Stop surfing the learning curve and develop a skill. You're just postponing your own advancement.
Infographic: Understand the Supply Chain Talent Gap
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/21/2014   (23) comments
Successful organizations need to proactively cultivate leadership skills in supply chain management.
Supply Chain Finance: The New Electronics Battlefield
Oliver Belin  
3/20/2014   (3) comments
A clear focus on supply chain finance benefits everyone, both buyer and supplier.
Extended Supply Chain Requires Outward Vision
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/19/2014   (4) comments
When it comes to working in an extended supply chain, the average spreadsheet or EDI system simply isn't enough. It's time to look at how to collaborate with partners more efficiently.
Greenwashing? Apple? No, Just Value-Adding Supply Chain Practice
Kevin O’Marah  
3/19/2014   (3) comments
Sometimes social and environmental responsibility initiatives are mostly about making an organization look good. Done right, though, SER can make a big impact.
Intelligent Technologies Enhance the Distribution Center
Frank Cavallaro  
3/18/2014   (10) comments
Technology has the potential to optimize efficiency in your distribution center. These changes can optimize efficiency and ultimately increase revenue.
Big Data Gone Wild
Logical Link  
3/17/2014   (12) comments
Big data is a hot topic for everyone. For the electronics industry, the full impact remains to be seen.
Lidar Making Inroads Across Vehicle Product Lines
Pallab Chatterjee  
3/16/2014   (1) comment
Lidar technology is gaining traction in driver's safety and driver's assistance technology. Whether the high performance and reliability will be worth the price remains to be seen.
Overthinking a Simple Battery Problem
Bill Schweber  
3/15/2014   (42) comments
A simple, real-world scenario offers some lessons around not jumping to conclusions.
Planning the Internet of Things' Supply Chain
Logical Link  
3/14/2014   (40) comments
M2M and mobile devices are driving the Internet of Things trends, and by all accounts, it's going to be big.
PLC: How Does Your Company Stack Up?
Change in the Chain  
3/13/2014   (2) comments
Product lifecycle management, from design to end of life, is especially critical to success in the high-tech industry. It's time to close the gaps in your PLM activities.
New Med App Tackles Maternal Health Improvements
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/12/2014   (22) comments
The new Phone Oximeter mobile app has garnered funding and is poised to provide an affordable option to developing nations.
Defining Supply Chain Finance
Oliver Belin  
3/12/2014   (1) comment
Both the electronics industry and supply chain finance sectors are evolving rapidly. There are benefits to be had where the two meet.
Google Glass Success Depends on Niche Apps
Jessica Lipsky  
3/11/2014   (11) comments
Prototyping applications will be key to Google Glass and other wearable glasses, according to speakers today at Wearables DevCon, a conference for wearable makers, software developers, and app creators.
Riding the AGV Trend
Frank Cavallaro  
3/11/2014   (16) comments
A new generation of AGVs is here. These new machines are going to make a big difference in distribution.
Marvell to Launch IoT Maker Kit
Junko Yoshida  
3/10/2014   (3) comments
Marvell has rolled out the JavaScript-powered IoT construction kit Kinoma Create. Peter Hoddie, Marvell's Kinoma vice president, called it "a developer prototyping device that leverages our software work to open the maker movement."
What’s Tax Got to Do With It?
Wade McDaniel  
3/10/2014   (4) comments
Staying aware of and up-to-date on country-specific regulatory mandates has become a critical part of being a supply chain professional.
Manage Supply Chain Workers for Best Results
Jane Miller  
3/7/2014   (62) comments
Managing people and projects is time consuming, but finding the right tools can help you be a fair and efficient manager.
Smartphone, Samsung in Trouble
Rick Merritt  
3/6/2014   Post a comment
With its Galaxy S6 announcement at MWC, Samsung and smartphones in general look to be in trouble and that’s bad news for the electronics industry.
Global Trade Management Conquers Emerging Markets
Susan Fourtané  
3/6/2014   (20) comments
Global trade management is expected to expand and grow in emerging markets in 2014.
New DARPA Program Targets Bootleg Components
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/5/2014   (80) comments
Counterfeit components remain the scourge of electronics OEMs. The Pentagon is looking to the engineering community for a solution that will authenticate parts at any step in the supply chain.
Customer-Centricity Takes Top Spot for High-Tech Supply Chain Principles
Change in the Chain  
3/5/2014   (20) comments
Customer service is becoming a huge differentiator in the quick-moving electronics world. That's certainly going to impact the supply chain.
Beginning of the End for SMT Component Markings?
Max Maxfield  
3/4/2014   (16) comments
It seems that Yageo has stopped marking its surface mount resistors -- a move that appears to have blindsided Digi-Key.
Supply Chain Management Leading in Revenue Through 2018
Susan Fourtané  
3/4/2014   (9) comments
The manufacturing sector will lead in big-data revenues, according to recent research.
Working the Kinks Out of Decentralized Product Development
Lynn Torrel  
3/3/2014   (7) comments
When meeting domestic demand in emerging economies, OEMs must maintain integrity between the engineering and new product introduction disciplines among their regional operations.
Is Triboelectricity the Next Harvesting Source?
Bill Schweber  
3/2/2014   (9) comments
Static electricity has traditionally been a villain in electronics stories. Now, however, it's being harnessed for good.
Stretchable & Conformal Electronics for Peace of Mind
Nicole Faubert  
3/1/2014   (13) comments
Some of the latest stretchable electronics are bringing the Internet of Things to health and safety products and enabling a whole new world of medical and health monitoring, and not just for professional or Olympic athletes.




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