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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   Post a 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   Post a 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
Bruce 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   (1) comment
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   Post a comment
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
Bruce 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.
UK Plans to Use Supply Chain Transparency to Combat Slavery
Ariella Brown  
2/3/2016   Post a comment
The only way to effectively stop the sale of the products of slave labor is to track all the parts used in the supply chain.
34 Automotive Startups to Watch
Junko Yoshida  
2/2/2016   Post a comment
The automotive sector has been going through something of a renaissance with automotive tech startups mushrooming at unprecedented speed. In collaboration with IHS Automotive’s analyst Egil Juliussen, we put together a list of 34 startups to watch.
European Commission Moves to Protect IP in Supply Chains
Craig Moss  
2/2/2016   Post a comment
The European Commission has launched a new initiative to address IP protection in responsible supply chains.
Google's Deep Learning Comes to Movidius
Junko Yoshida  
2/1/2016   Post a comment
Google will buy Movidius vision processing chips and license the entire Movidius software development environment. Google's goal is to expand its machine intelligence technology beyond the data center, by bringing it to mobile devices.
5 Ways IPS Can Impact Warehouse Operations
Christian Lundquist  
2/1/2016   (1) comment
Companies that focus on logistics and warehouse management perpetually search for better ways of increasing productivity, cutting costs, and improving safety for both workers and goods.
Super Bowl & NFL Offer Supply Chain Wisdom
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/29/2016   Post a comment
The much-anticipated contract negotiations between the NFL and its athletes has the potential to highlight the importance of these types of talks in the electronics supply chain.
8 Ways the Chennai Floods Demonstrated the (Good & Bad) Power of Social Media
Puga Sankara  
1/29/2016   Post a comment
The people of Chennai came together through Facebook and Twitter to help each other at the time of the historic torrential downpour that overwhelmed the entire city. The same type of social media tools can be leveraged within the supply chain network.
Mega-Mergers Will Likely Prompt Container Shipping Price Hikes
Bruce Gain  
1/28/2016   Post a comment
High-level mergers among the world’s largest container shipping companies are reshaping the global ocean transport industry--and in the end it may mean higher prices.
Graphene-Based Inks Empowers High-Speed Manufacturing of Printed Electronics
Susan Fourtané  
1/28/2016   Post a comment
A low-cost, high-speed method for printing graphene inks and other conductive materials unveiled by University of Cambridge researchers could open up a wide range of applications including inexpensive printed electronics, intelligent packaging, and disposable sensors.
Set-Top Era Over, Says FCC
Rick Merritt  
1/27/2016   Post a comment
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced a proposal to force pay-TV operators to adopt open formats so any systems or software developer can access their content.
Getting Closure on the Gender Gap in Manufacturing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/27/2016   (1) comment
Encouraging women to get involved in manufacturing may be one solid path to closing the looming employment gap.
Protect Industry Against Cyberattack with These 7 Steps
Rich Quinnel  
1/26/2016   Post a comment
A report from the Department of Homeland Security recommends seven strategies for protecting industrial control networks against cyberattack.
Lessons Learned from Award-Winning Manufacturers
Ariella Brown  
1/26/2016   Post a comment
Industry awards are a nod to great practice--and hopefully an inspiration to others.
Counting the High Cost of Doing Nothing
Frank Cavallaro  
1/26/2016   Post a comment
Many companies mistakenly believe holding off on investments equals saving money when, in fact, it can become a costly strategy down the line.
IoT Shoots for the Stars
R. Colin Johnson  
1/25/2016   Post a comment
Arrayent, the inventor of the Connect Platform for Internet of Things brands such as Whirlpool, Pentair, Maytag Commercial Laundry, LiftMaster, and more just landed $15 million in Series C funding.
Gartner’s Next Level of Supply Chain Innovation: Federated Solutions
Lisa Ann Cairns  
1/25/2016   Post a comment
The maturation of business technology and digital business processes has enabled a new solution set and a new means for collaborative ecosystems across companies to be built. These new ecosystems espouse federated solutions that not only provide innovative opportunities for customers but also new growth capabilities for supply chain partners without taking on additional assets.
WTO Tariff Removal Makes Electronics, IT Cheaper
Logical Link  
1/25/2016   Post a comment
The WTO agreed to remove tariffs from an additional 201 IT products during its December 2015 Tenth Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.
Apple Intros Macs with “1984” Ad, January 22, 1984
Suzanne Deffree  
1/22/2016   Post a comment
On this day in tech history, Apple premiered its “1984” commercial to a mass audience introducing Macintosh computers.
Keeping Drones in Check
Brian Dipert  
1/21/2016   Post a comment
The fundamental question with drones, as with plenty of past innovations, is how to keep technology from slipping out of control.
Packaging for the Future
Aaron Continelli  
1/21/2016   Post a comment
Efforts to increase sustainability of packaging can help companies gain a stronger foothold in their market and more easily adhere to government regulations by catering to the earth-friendly desires of their own consumer market.
Wireless Brain Sensor Monitors Then Dissolves
Peter Clarke  
1/20/2016   Post a comment
A team of researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has created implantable electronic sensors that can measure intracranial pressure and temperature before being absorbed into the body.
Monitoring the Tantalum Supply Chain
Logical Link  
1/20/2016   Post a comment
Geographic shifts in the mining of tantalum warrant supply chain monitoring.
Intel Thwarts Hackers
R. Colin Johnson  
1/19/2016   Post a comment
Intel has secretly built hardware into its 6th Generation vPro Core processors that it claims guarantee uncrackable authentication plus the ability up to share your screen with any WiDi equipped display in the world.
2016 Marks a Year of Electronics Supply Chain Evolution
Richard Barnett  
1/19/2016   Post a comment
As electronics manufacturers look ahead to 2016 and beyond, some of the biggest themes shaping the future of their supply chains will arise from the challenges they face today: Globalization, network optimization, and the Internet of Things.
Consumers Feel Perils of Connectivity
Junko Yoshida  
1/18/2016   Post a comment
Connectivity is the main thing in the Internet of Things . But what if software updates, unbeknownst to users, go haywire, leaving people -- especially seniors, the ill and babies – inside in the cold?
Amazon’s Transformation to Global Third-Party Logistics Provider
Laurie Sullivan  
1/18/2016   Post a comment
Amazon is extending its behemoth reach from e-commerce into logistics in a bid to service its own needs and increase revenues.
Al Gore on China, Mobile Web
Jessica Lipsky  
1/15/2016   (1) comment
Collaboration between China and the U.S. on global warming set a good model for the tech industry which needs to raise its sights to higher values, said former vice president Al Gore.
Tackling the Risky Business of the Electronics Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/15/2016   Post a comment
Risk management is tricky but vital for today's electronics OEMs
Cultural Intelligence Proves Critical to Global Strategy
Puga Sankara  
1/15/2016   Post a comment
Leaders need to get multicultural experience, in order to lead this ever shrinking, technologically transforming, tightly connecting world. By arming themselves with cultural intelligence, these individuals can effectively inspire, execute, and win business across borders.
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