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Posts posted in August 2015
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Apple Joins Pentagon Alliance to Develop Wearable Tech
Rich Pell  
8/31/2015   Post a comment
The Pentagon has announced a Silicon Valley-based manufacturing institute and partnership with a consortium of over 160 companies, universities, and non-profit organizations to develop high-tech military wearables and ultimately "an end-to-end stretchable electronics 'ecosystem' in the U.S."
Optimized for Growth: High-Tech Execs Adapt to Meet Global Supply Demands
David Roegge  
8/31/2015   Post a comment
The fifth annual Change in the (Supply) Chain survey, fielded by IDC Manufacturing Insights, reveals how high-tech executives are adapting their supply chains to set themselves up for business growth.
It's Too Soon to Put Reshoring on the Pedestal
William Ng  
8/28/2015   Post a comment
A few years ago, reshoring roared onto the scene as the next great movement in manufacturing, but the data so far reflect otherwise.
Capturing Sweet Success in S&OP
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/28/2015   Post a comment
Electronics OEMs talk a good game when it comes to sales and operations planning but implementing can be challenging. However, improvements are are both possible and profitable.
Wearable: ‘Hardware Ponzi Scheme’
Junko Yoshida  
8/27/2015   (4) comments
If “fitness bands are like hardware Ponzi schemes” where device suppliers must sell more and more new hardware while amusing bored users, can this be sustainable?
Legislation Around the World Addresses Human Trafficking in the Supply Chain
Tam Harbert  
8/27/2015   (1) comment
Around the world, various nations are working to create legislation and best practices around eradicating human trafficking from the supply chain.
Leveraging Existing Designs for New Products
Rob Spiegel  
8/26/2015   Post a comment
Design teams are improving efficiency and lowering costs by utilizing previous designs as a pre-validated foundation for next-generation goods.
Putting the Runaway Train on Rails: Workflow Automation Increases Supply Chain Agility & Efficiency
David Riffel  
8/26/2015   Post a comment
Automation has the potential to help a supply chain work like a well-orchestrated railway yard.
Nokia Networks Leads in Supply Chain Operations Excellence
Susan Fourtané  
8/25/2015   Post a comment
Learning from global leaders' supply chain management increases your chances to get supply chain operations planning right. Nokia Networks shares its journey towards excellence in supply chain operations.
Walmart Partners with Reshoring Initiative as Made in USA Gets Real
Rob Spiegel  
8/25/2015   Post a comment
Walmart has partnered with the Reshoring Initiative to ramp up its effort to significantly increase US manufactured goods.
Data Under Siege: Time for Organizations to Turn Focus on ITAD
Frank Cavallaro  
8/25/2015   Post a comment
Despite the flurry of media reports about high-profile security breaches, too many organizations don’t pay enough attention to the fate of their retired IT assets.
Mapping Out a Better Electronics Supply Chain
Ariella Brown  
8/25/2015   Post a comment
Awareness of the need for sustainability and transparency in the electronic supply chain is rising. Forward-thinking companies are committed to improving in those areas.
FarmTech: Drones Above, Robots Below
Junko Yoshida  
8/24/2015   Post a comment
Twenty-four hour farming, autonomous tractors humping over the furrows and driverless combines harvesting at night are no longer the stuff of agro-science fiction. Agriculture today is moving toward all these innovations.
Drone Highways: Europe Wants to Get on the Road
Logical Link  
8/24/2015   Post a comment
Amazon is upping its game for dedicated space for drone delivery, and Europe seems eager to play along.
Mission Possible: Getting Crowdfunded Hardware to Manufacturing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/24/2015   Post a comment
Getting funding for a new hardware idea may be the easiest pat of getting an electronic hardware product to market. Building an excellent supply chain is a lot more complex.
Corporate Responsibility in a Global Supply Chain World
Tarun Amla  
8/24/2015   Post a comment
For manufacturing to grow, the electronics global supply chain must remain reliable and robust while taking into account critical product performance issues such as safety, reliability, and product integrity.
Intel’s Krzanich: CEO Q&A at IDF
Rick Merritt  
8/21/2015   Post a comment
Intel’s chief executive shares his thoughts on topics ranging from Moore’s Law, EUV, China, 3D XPoint and his effects to expand beyond the PC.
Smart Trailers Monitor Themselves & More
Mike Maris  
8/21/2015   Post a comment
One of the coolest places we are seeing IoT/M2M technology may be in the logistics areas. Smart trailers are making the whole supply chain smarter.
Supply Chains: The Bedrock of U.S. Manufacturing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/21/2015   Post a comment
The supply chain is the backbone of U.S. manufacturing, but these organizations, especially smaller manufacturers, need to be strategic and proactive.
IoT Dev Platform A One-Stop-Shop for Device Developers
Rich Quinnell  
8/20/2015   Post a comment
Targeting smaller device developers, Redpine Signals has created an IoT development platform that provides a one-stop-shop for device, cloud, and app development.
3 Overlooked Locales for a Distribution Center
Tam Harbert  
8/20/2015   Post a comment
Location, location, location... Picking the right place to put an electronics distribution warehouse can be a chore. A recent study, though, identifies some little known but promising locales.
Getting the Right 3PL/4PL Strategy to Deliver Like Amazon
Puga Sankara  
8/20/2015   (1) comment
Third party logistics (3PL or 4PL) companies need to plan for a state of the art supply chain Infrastructure to dominate the market.
Cyber Insecurity
Max Maxfield  
8/19/2015   (2) comments
In these uncertain times, designers have to consider security at every point in the system, because each system is only as secure as its weakest link.
Visual Search Next Opportunity for Electronics Components Industry
Laurie Sullivan  
8/19/2015   (1) comment
Although still in infancy, visual search technology promises to be a compelling tool for electronics manufacturers, distributors, and customers alike.
Wireless Fast-Charge Tech Enables a World of Possibilities
John Perzow  
8/19/2015   Post a comment
15-watt Qi extension is ready and waiting for mobile phone users, designers, and service providers.
Inside GlobalFoundries' Fab 8
Jessica Lipsky  
8/18/2015   (1) comment
We tour GlobalFoundries' Fab 8, one of the largest chip fabs in the United States, in Malta, N.Y. and a hub for innovations developed at R&D centers in Albany.
4 Steps to Bring Business Intelligence to Your Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/18/2015   Post a comment
Once available only to large OEMs, business intelligence is now affordable and effective for mid-sized business as well. Carefully planning the implementation, though, is important for a good outcome.
The Distribution Channel: Times Are A-Changing
B. Cameron Gain  
8/18/2015   Post a comment
A variety of factors are changing what customers want from distribution partners. A new study from UPS outlines the four biggest shifts.
Addressing Corruption Requires a Team Effort
Leslie Benton  
8/18/2015   Post a comment
A cross-functional team is essential to implementing an effective anti-corruption program.
Should Altera Worry About Intel's M&A Record?
Junko Yoshida  
8/17/2015   Post a comment
Altera’s fate after its pending acquisition by Intel is anybody’s guess. But the big worry is if Intel squashes Altera -- pushing newly acquired talent, products and technologies into oblivion as though they had never existed.
10 Reasons Electronics OEMs Should Care About Reviews
Andy Kohm  
8/17/2015   (1) comment
Increasingly, people are considering online reviews whether they are buying for themselves or their organizations. Here are ten reasons why electronics OEMs should be embracing this trend.
The IoT Effect on Supply Chain Visibility
Logical Link  
8/17/2015   Post a comment
How are electronics companies cashing in on IoT to improve visibility and logistics operations? Here’s a look at some of the considerations and best practices being adopted by different parts of the electronics supply chain.
Broadcom Tackles 5 Questions on Ethernet in Cars
Junko Yoshida  
8/14/2015   Post a comment
A Broadcom executive answers nagging questions on automotive Ethernet. They include its specific applications inside a car and if it has enough bandwidth to meet ADAS requirements. There’s also concern about Broadcom’s IP, and which car OEMs are already using Ethernet.
4 Ways to Secure the Internet of Things
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/14/2015   Post a comment
With convenience and ease of access to data, IoT brings with it considerable security risks. By adopting good habits, users can reduce those hazards.
Why Certify? The Significance of Security Certification
George Japak  
8/14/2015   Post a comment
Although OEMs may worry about the complexity of getting third-party security certifications, there are concrete solutions to every roadblock and the benefits to certification far outweigh the cost.
Wearables a Strange Fit, Says CEA
Rick Merritt  
8/13/2015   Post a comment
Wearables represent a fast growing but highly diverse and fragmented market where winners and losers are hard to call, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.
Moving to Mexico: The Opportunities & Challenges of Nearshoring
Kevin Brooks  
8/13/2015   (6) comments
U.S.-based OEMs are increasingly looking to Mexico as a beneficial place to make products. Going south of the boarder offers real benefits, but some challenges as well.
Bringing IoT to Fruition with Fully Open Source Software
The prpl Palette  
8/13/2015   Post a comment
As a member of prpl Foundation, Qualcomm Atheros supports the enhanced functionality and security of OpenWrt to improve industry and community collaboration.
NIWeek: Flying Drones, Instrumented Bikes, Automated Guitars, & More
Martin Rowe  
8/12/2015   Post a comment
NI Week 2015 was a showcase of robotics. Here are some of the sights flying, rolling, and playing around Austin.
Putting Hardware Hacking on the OEM Radar
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/12/2015   Post a comment
As electronic content crops up in products of all kinds, hardware hacking will become more common than ever before. OEMs need to start looking at new ways to identify counterfeit components.
Get Top Marks in Continually Developing Supply Chain Competence
Susan Fourtané  
8/12/2015   Post a comment
Continuous education within the supply chain will optimize the supply chain by adding value to the department, developing competence in workers, and inspiring partners to do the same.
iPhone 6s Likely To Arrive Sept. 9
Eric Zeman  
8/11/2015   Post a comment
Apple is reportedly ready to reveal the iPhone 6s, along with a new AppleTV, and iPads, during a Sept. 9 event.
10 Kickstarter Projects that Prove Hardware Innovation Isn't Dead
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/11/2015   Post a comment
The death of electronics hardware has been highly overblown, if these Kickstarter projects indicate anything. Electronics designers and innovators continue to create new hardware-based electronics--and consumers are wildly enthusiastic.
The Problem with Conflicting KPIs in the Supply Chain
Kerwin Everson  
8/11/2015   Post a comment
Real-time KPIs let managers and their employees know what's happening in their facilities’ supply chains iso they can modify or change their work behavior to perform and meet or exceed company goals.
Is 'WalkCar' More Than a Skateboard for Geezers?
Junko Yoshida  
8/10/2015   Post a comment
Just as mobile phones freed everyone from sitting by a landline phone at home, WalkCar, an electric portable transporter small enough to fit in a shoulder bag, a frees the user from bus schedules, parking spaces and bicycle locks.
EBN@C-Level: Talking with AMD's Garry Christie About Indirect Procurement
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/10/2015   Post a comment
Direct procurement is a hot topic at most organizations, but a close look at managing indirect spend using technology tools can make a big difference as well.
Bimodal Balance: Strategic Changes In & Along the Supply Chain
Lisa Ann Cairns  
8/10/2015   Post a comment
The internal, strategic charge of growth and operational efficiency is redefining operational behaviors within and between organizations along the electronics supply chain.
Carmakers Raise Stakes in Map Battle vs. Google
Junko Yoshida  
8/7/2015   Post a comment
BMW, Audi, and Mercedes -- to purchase Nokia’s HERE map business has exposed a growing digital rift between Google and traditional car OEMs. Carmakers are showing signs that they’re taking seriously the Google-car threat to their business.
Reclaim Time & Productivity with a Warehouse Management System
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/7/2015   Post a comment
With globalization and a quickly changing business environment, a warehouse management system is now a necessity rather than a nice to have.
Virtual Reality: Exploring the Potential of the Oculus Rift
Puga Sankara  
8/7/2015   Post a comment
Used properly and creatively, virtual reality technology has the potential to go beyond consumer gaming and change how business is done.
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