Manufacturing
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Optimize Product Offerings Using Behavioral Clustering
Ian Duncan-Lewis  
8/30/2016   Post a comment
What do my customers really want? This can seem like the million-dollar question for many retailers or suppliers, but with the right tools, it doesn't have to be such a challenge.
Make vs. Buy: Weighing the Cost of the Conveyor
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/26/2016   Post a comment
There's no single right answer when a manufacturer starts to decide whether to make or buy its conveyor system. The only real answer is "It depends."
Tesla’s Supply Chain Struggles and Triumphs
B. Cameron Gain  
7/11/2016   Post a comment
Engineering feats aside, Tesla also serves as a case study in supply chain management trials and tribulations from which many lessons can be learned.
Putting IoT into production
Ariella Brown  
7/11/2016   Post a comment
IoT’s boost to productivity at Fujitsu pulls together all the pieces of the production puzzle to improve the whole, which is greater than the sum of its parts.
Co-Robots Tend 3-D Printers
R. Colin Johnson  
7/6/2016   Post a comment
U.S. Manufacturing Moving Home
Wearable Sensors to Bring IoT to Small Manufacturing
Susan Fourtané  
7/5/2016   Post a comment
Wearable sensors from ABB are promising to bring IoT to small manufacturing.
Committing to Ethical Standards for the Supply Chain
Ariella Brown  
7/5/2016   Post a comment
Ford Motor Company is the first automaker to achieve full membership of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) — a nonprofit group of electronics companies working to improve the social, environmental and ethical conditions of their global supply chains.
Tesla Crashes BMW-Mobileye-Intel Event
Junko Yoshida  
7/4/2016   Post a comment
The three-way partnership event in Munich announcing the development of a standard platform for autonomous driving was somewhat somber and low energy.
Human Rights Watch Wants to Abolish Slave Labor in the Supply Chain
B. Cameron Gain  
6/27/2016   Post a comment
Human Rights Watch says it is pressing governments worldwide to adopt policies to prevent what it says are rampant labor abuses in worldwide supply chains.
Building a Maker Nation with a 3D Carver in Every School
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/20/2016   (1) comment
To get the well trained professionals we need, we need to get kids involved and interested in science, technology and math early. One tech company is taking that mandate seriously.
Panama Canal’s $5.3 Billion Upgrade Promises Faster & Cheaper Shipping
B. Cameron Gain  
6/20/2016   (1) comment
In the long term, the global electronics supply chain should benefit from the expansion of the Panama Canal.
Teamwork: Critical & Achievable for the Supply Chain
Puga Sankara  
6/17/2016   Post a comment
Good teamwork makes everyone perform better. It's important to understand that success goes beyond the individual.
3 Ways 3D Printing Saves Energy for OEMs
Ariella Brown  
6/16/2016   (1) comment
3D printing itself can result in less energy expended over the supply chain.
Barcelona to Host First Industrial 3D Printing Congress
Pablo Valerio  
6/16/2016   Post a comment
Barcelona will be hosting a 3D printing event that will explore the potential of the technology.
Usefulness Trumps Cool in Medical Design Innovation
Rob Spiegel  
6/15/2016   Post a comment
Want to create a medical device that will also find real success? Better find something useful rather than just spectacular.
Supply Chain Risk Mitigation Strategies: Reminders from Japan
Lisa Ann Cairns  
6/15/2016   Post a comment
The recent Japan disaster highlights ongoing issues of visibility into sub-tiers of the global electronics supply chain, there are new solutions available leveraging data sharing and supply chain mapping.
Leverage Procurement as a Green Initiative
Bhavesh Shah  
6/15/2016   Post a comment
Companies are quickly realizing that green initiatives increase profits and contribute to the bottom line.
Apple's Swift Playgrounds Teaches Kids to Code
Chris Wiltz  
6/14/2016   Post a comment
Apple has announced a new iPad app aimed at teaching kids its Swift coding language for iOS devices.
Apple Inventory Slash Felt by the Supply Chain (For Now)
B. Cameron Gain  
6/14/2016   Post a comment
Apple has a down quarter, and suppliers across the supply chain get concerned. Analysts say the drop may be brief and surmountable.
The Future of the Auto: Connected, Autonomous & Electric
Pablo Valerio  
6/14/2016   Post a comment
The race to autonomous vehicles is on and everyone agrees the future is on 100% electric vehicles. The supply chain will need to adapt.
IPhone Deal Would Boost Intel
Rick Merritt  
6/13/2016   Post a comment
Growing reports say Apple will use Intel LTE chips in iPhone 7 handsets for AT&T, a deal which could propel Intel into third place in mobile basebands.
15 Crowd-Pleasing IoT Product & Platform Wins
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/13/2016   (2) comments
Innovators are working hard to make the big predictions for the IoT market come true. In recent months, these IoT projects all received greater than 100% funding on their chosen crowd sourcing site.
From the Moon to Mars: Space Exploration’s Rich Past and Uncertain Future
Suzanne Deffree  
6/10/2016   Post a comment
A Space Shuttle veteran and International Space Station mission commander speaks with Design News about the past achievements of and future viability of US space exploration, why man hasn’t walked on Mars yet, and the role of commercial spaceflight.
Omnichannel Drives Supply Chain Digitization
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/10/2016   Post a comment
The increased expectations of consumers, combined with the availability of ubiquitous technology, are changing the way today's electronics supply chains function.
Preventing Overbuilding & Cloning in the Global Electronics Supply Chain
Tim Morin  
6/10/2016   Post a comment
Overbuilding is a looming threat to the global electronics supply chain. Overbuilding of electronic systems can be particularly damaging.
Should Automakers Be More Like Apple and Google?
Chris Wiltz  
6/9/2016   Post a comment
With Apple and Google making increasing inroads into the auto industry, should automakers adapt by thinking more like software companies?
B2Bi & Collaboration Support Supply Chain Improvements
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/9/2016   Post a comment
Business to business electronic integration (B2Bi) platforms that support and enhance collaboration are joining the list of must-have technologies.
Avoid Disaster through Supply Chain Risk Management
Judith M. Myerson  
6/9/2016   (1) comment
To better prepare for disruptions, many OEMs have turned to enterprise risk management (ERM) to proactively detect, prevent and mitigate risks in the supply chain with a focus on deep tier suppliers.
Forces Driving Semi Mergers & Acquisitions
Walden Rhines  
6/8/2016   (2) comments
The driving force for consolidation is typically the efficiencies achieved through economies of scale with larger volume. Not so with the semiconductor industry.
Amazon’s Increased Logistics Presence Ups Industry Ante
Jodi Burrows  
6/8/2016   Post a comment
Amazon's recent moves in the logistic industry are sending ripples that affect supply chain and electronics companies alike.
Consumers Not Excited About Connected Appliances
Pablo Valerio  
6/8/2016   Post a comment
Consumers like the idea of connected devices, but many are reluctant to embrace the reality due to security concerns.
Cutting Recalls with Big Data
Rob Spiegel  
6/7/2016   Post a comment
The value of product data grows when it’s captured across the product’s life, from early design through manufacturing and onto its life with the end user. Along the way, outside data can be gathered from suppliers and distributors. The goal is to capture enough data to identify and correct problems at the earliest possible moment.
3-Step Sustainability Framework Points to Future
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/7/2016   Post a comment
Organizations have a significant opportunity to create environmental change, and making those changes will ultimately create stronger and more sustainable businesses.
Arrow & Indiegogo Partner to Accelerate IoT Startups
Chris Wiltz  
6/6/2016   Post a comment
A new partnership between global electronics supplier Arrow and Indiegogo, one of the largest crowfunding platforms, is looking to give the little guys a shot at innovating in the IoT space.
Enable Supply Chain Security Through an Authentication Data Network
Michael Schuldenfrei  
6/6/2016   Post a comment
Inadvertent use of recycled, refurbished, or re-marked components can result in significant business risk for a manufacturer’s customers. Technology can help.
A Peek at the Connected Car Platform Revolution
Mike Heald  
6/3/2016   Post a comment
Connected cars are hot--and there's potential to bring all sorts of other connected technologies into the ecosystem.
The Discipline of Daily Inventory Counts Enhance Distribution Center Culture
Puga Sankara  
6/3/2016   Post a comment
Technology and processes are the one-two punch needed to take a disorganized dumpy warehouse into its full potential. Workers need to be disciplined about doing things just right.
The Growth of Hybrid Offshore Supply Chains in Electronics Manufacturing
Tom Hennessey  
6/2/2016   (1) comment
Today, pure offshoring or reshoring initiatives rarely meet the needs of OEMs and EMS. Instead, a hybrid approach may allow these manufacturers to capture the best of both worlds.
New Battleground Arises for Communication & Technology
Mike Heald  
6/2/2016   Post a comment
Business ecosystem vs. business ecosystem: that's where business is won and lost in today's world. Will yours be victorious?
3 Industrial IoT Pain Points OEMs Face Today
Susan Fourtané  
6/1/2016   Post a comment
Industrial IoT workers are not being trained as robustly as the high-skill jobs resulting from new technologies initiatives demand.
Exploring the Whys of Medical Device Manufacturing in Mexico
Scott Stanley  
5/31/2016   Post a comment
Mexico has become a central hub for manufacturing. With its low cost of labor, skilled workforce, and close proximity to the U.S. as compared to that of China, outsourcing to Mexico just makes sense for U.S. businesses.
Latest Whitepaper Puts a Lock on IoT Security
Rob Spiegel  
5/30/2016   Post a comment
Icon Labs has developed a whitepaper to help determine the type of cybersecurity needed based on the type of device.
Offshore Sourcing: Balancing Cost Savings & Risk
Thomas Smiley  
5/30/2016   Post a comment
It's really important to balance the potential cost savings of offshoring manufacturing against the considerable risk of failure.
10 Military Robots of the Future
Elizabeth Montalbano  
5/27/2016   Post a comment
These futuristic military robots will help soldiers and other military personnel better perform their duties.
Digitization Tops the List of Supply Chain Priorities
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/27/2016   (1) comment
Most organizations are focused on leveraging advanced technologies, such as the Internet of Things and big data, to create a quicker and more agile supply chain.
Capturing Passion in the Supply Chain Profession
Puga Sankara  
5/27/2016   Post a comment
Are you a passionate supply chain professional? If so, there are ways to instill passion in the job you do.
'French Steve Jobs' & His Teacherless School
Junko Yoshida  
5/26/2016   Post a comment
The shortage of skilled software engineers is real globally. It took a French billionaire to develop a blueprint for the “school of the future.”
Amazon’s Air Freight Business: Implications for Shippers & Carriers
Scott Nelson  
5/26/2016   Post a comment
When Amazon does something, people sit up and take notice. Now, Amazon is taking aim at logistics services. Here's a look at the implications of that.
Cyber Risk Regulation: Unlocking the Mystery of its Effects on the Supply Chain
Pamela Passman  
5/26/2016   Post a comment
Organizations are facing a rising tide of cybersecurity regulation, but there are ways to effectively navigate the requirements.
3 Ways to Supercharge Operational Performance
Malysa O'Connor  
5/25/2016   Post a comment
To sustain profitability in the supply chain, it’s imperative to implement processes designed to meet the needs of your customers.
Understanding the Growing Rift between Procurement & Marketing
Somdipto Ghosh  
5/25/2016   Post a comment
The reason for discomfort (and hence the debate) between procurement and marketing arises due to a lack of understanding of each other’s roles.
Use Supply Chain to Predict Consumer Demand
Jesse Laver  
5/24/2016   Post a comment
The next phase in supply chain management involves shifting to proactive management by taking a “big data” approach to consumer demand in which the supply chain plays a pivotal role.
Next Wave Mobile Arrives & Benefits Supply Chain Bottom Line
Sean Mulroy  
5/24/2016   Post a comment
Reverse logistics will be the revenue-driving mechanism that will make leasing prosper and be the next wave in mobile. In order for leasing to catch on, all parties involved need to trust its value.
Google’s Daydream is Silicon Reality
Rick Merritt  
5/23/2016   Post a comment
A Qualcomm graphics expert gave insight into work on mobile virtual reality in Android that is about to emerge from the lab.
Graphics Rivals in Epic Battle
Rick Merritt  
5/20/2016   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia go head-to-head this year in a rare battle of new GPUs, memory types and processes, says a veteran scorekeeper.
Designing User-Friendly Systems: Not as Easy as It Sounds
Puga Sankara  
5/20/2016   Post a comment
Too often, IT gets sidetracked by feature-rich and dazzling technologies. Users, on the other hand, just want to get their jobs done--and they are best suited to deciding what features are helpful and which are not.
More Game-Changers in the World of 3D Printing
Ann R. Thryft  
5/19/2016   Post a comment
HP's industry-changing 3D printing announcement for commercial-scale end-production wasn't the only news of note at RAPID 2016 this week. Here are six more game-changing software and hardware news items, plus some videos explaining HP's technology.
Navigating the Upcoming Maelstrom of Data-Filled Used Products
Irv Grossman  
5/19/2016   Post a comment
The Internet of Things is set to explode. In this new era, OEMs are going to be faced with managing reverse logistics for more different products than ever before.
Nokia's Brand Goes to Startup With $500 Million Plan
Peter Clarke  
5/18/2016   Post a comment
A startup, formed to takeover the Nokia brand for mobile phones and tablet computers, said it intends to spend $500 million marketing Nokia as an Android-based mobile device over the next three years.
prpl Security Group & Imperas Address IoT Security Challenges via Multi-Domain Virtualization
The prpl Palette  
5/18/2016   Post a comment
Imperas is supporting the definition of a new open security framework for deploying secured and authenticated virtualized services in the Internet of Things (IoT) and related emerging markets.
Avnet & Arizona State University Launch Innovation Lab
EBN Newswire  
5/17/2016   Post a comment
Avnet makes $250,000 annual commitment to accelerate the success of entrepreneurs and spark next-generation technology ideas.
Master Electronics & Anderson Power Products Sign Distribution Agreement
EBN Newswire  
5/17/2016   Post a comment
Master Electronics announced a distribution partnership with Anderson Power Products.
APICS Introduces Enterprise Accessibility to Global Supply Chain Framework Through Software AG Strategic Partnership
EBN Newswire  
5/17/2016   (2) comments
New exclusive global partnership optimizes supply chain processes to lower organizational costs and boost customer satisfaction.
APICS Announces Enhanced Corporate Offering at Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2016
EBN Newswire  
5/17/2016   Post a comment
The APICS for Business implementation approach is designed to help companies elevate performance and develop talent to achieve supply chain excellence.
Avnet Expands PicoZed Ecosystem with Updated FMC Carrier Card Kit
EBN Newswire  
5/17/2016   Post a comment
Avnet released the PicoZed FMC Carrier Card V2, a next-generation platform with improved FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) interface, transceiver signal integrity and clocking, all at a more cost-competitive price point.
Loftware Spectrum 2.8 Enables Unlimited Flexibility to Standardize Labeling Across Global Supply Chains
EBN Newswire  
5/17/2016   Post a comment
New multi-site capability enables label management and printing across remote facilities while synchronizing with headquarters.
Is the Mid-Range Smartphone a Compromise?
Jim McGregor  
5/17/2016   Post a comment
What level phone should you buy if mid-range phones now sport premium-level features? A thorough testing and comparison of Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy A9, and Huawei Mate 8 may surprise you.
Pay-Per-Use IoT Brings Monetization Opportunities to Electronics
Mary E. Shacklett  
5/17/2016   Post a comment
IoT devices inevitably contain electronic content, and in many emerging use cases, they present monetization opportunities for electronics companies willing provide services related to IoT-driven data.
Environmental Compliance: Streamlining the Regulatory Process for Manufacturers
Chuck Cimalore  
5/17/2016   Post a comment
Manufacturers must comply with a multitude of regulations that can have a major impact on their business processes and success. Good practices are key to success.
What Apple Gains by Sinking $1B into Didi
Junko Yoshida  
5/16/2016   (1) comment
Apple’s $1 billion investment in China’s leading ride-hailing service company Didi Chuxing is surprising but it makes one thing clear: “It tips Apple’s hand. Apple is developing driverless cars,” said an analyst.
The Disruptor of My Disruptor is My Friend
Phillip Diao  
5/16/2016   (1) comment
It's time for retailers to get wiser about the ways that they are working to weather the supply chain storms for the next decade and beyond.
Diamond ICs May Finally Debut
R. Colin Johnson  
5/13/2016   Post a comment
Akhan Semiconductor Inc. is licensing a diamond semiconductor process from Argonne National Laboratory, which the company plans to use first for power transistors and eventually for semiconductor chips such as ultra-low-power high-speed processors.
Terrorism & Oil Prices Impact Global Supply Chain Resilience
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/13/2016   Post a comment
Released earlier this week, the 2016 FM Global Resilience Index ranks of countries’ business resilience to supply chain disruption.
Google Alphabet’s Boston Dynamics on the Block
Puga Sankara  
5/13/2016   Post a comment
Automation has recently become the Holy Grail in many businesses including electronics manufacturing. It may be time to slow down and consider the ramifications of these new technologies. It may not be the panacea we think it is.
DoD Reorgs Silicon Valley Outpost
Rick Merritt  
5/12/2016   Post a comment
U.S. Defense Secretary named a slate of tech execs from companies such as Apple and Google to help lead his Silicon Valley outpost, DIUx.
3 Keys to Controlling Quality in Offshore Electronics Manufacturing
Thomas Smiley  
5/12/2016   (1) comment
In dealing with electronics offshoring, customers often feel that they can't control product quality. However, you do have more control than you might think.
NXP Takes Auto Chip Vendor Crown
Peter Clarke  
5/11/2016   Post a comment
Following its takeover of Freescale, NXP Semiconductor has been declared the leading automotive chip vendor for 2015 by market research firm Strategy Analytics.
Preparing for the Evolving Cybersecurity Landscape
Pamela Passman  
5/11/2016   Post a comment
The cyber risk landscape is evolving and companies need to prepare in specific ways for a more connected and complex environment.
Nucleus Research Issues 2016 Value Matrix for Supply Chain Design
Latest Research  
5/10/2016   Post a comment
Adaptability of supply chain assessment tools accelerates new operational efficiencies to distribution networks.
ECIA Reports Q1 CY16 Distribution Component Sales Up 2.4% Compared to Q4 CY15
Latest Research  
5/10/2016   Post a comment
Distribution reported component sales in North America for Q1 CY 2016 up 2.4% compared to Q4 CY 2015.
Avnet Introduces Industrial IoT Starter Kit to Streamline Smart Device and Cloud Development
EBN Newswire  
5/10/2016   Post a comment
Avnet kick-starts IoT development with technology from IBM, Wind River and Xilinx.
Cyber Attacks Increase in Danger
Rob Spiegel  
5/10/2016   Post a comment
Cybersecurity is getting to be a greater issue as attackers become better organized and more dangerous.
Container Carriers ‘Unhinged’ from World’s Supply Chain
B. Cameron Gain  
5/10/2016   (1) comment
Instead of adding capacity, container carriers should be working together to find long-term solutions to the industry-wide capacity glut conundrum.
Public Display Unit Shipments and Revenue on the Rebound, IHS Says
Latest Research  
5/9/2016   Post a comment
According to the latest research from IHS Technology, public display shipments and revenue will rebound in 2016, as regional economies recover and more large projects are installed. In fact, unit shipments of public displays are expected to grow 9.3 percent year over year, reaching approximately 3 million units in 2016.
Booming e-Commerce Sales to Drive Intra-Asia Trade, Shipping & Logistics Development
Latest Research  
5/9/2016   Post a comment
Intra-Asia trade will increasingly benefit from the rapid growth of consumption in Asia as a higher percentage of cargo is shipped to end markets in the region instead of to destinations in other parts of the world.
Newark element14, Eaton Launch New Custom Switch Design Service
EBN Newswire  
5/9/2016   Post a comment
Value-added service allows industrial engineers to design, order personalized rocker switches without minimum order requirement.
ECIA & ERA Host Regional Business Intelligence and Networking Event
EBN Newswire  
5/9/2016   Post a comment
`The 2016 Regional Series event in Boston is jointly presented by ECIA and ERA, trade associations for the electronic components industry, and will be held at the Marriott Boston Newton Thursday, June 9.
Newark element14 Adds Omron Safety Tools & Solutions to Product Portfolio
EBN Newswire  
5/9/2016   (2) comments
Safety interlock switch, limit switch, light curtain, relay, controller and free GOTCHA STICK among newly available items.
Asteelflash Mexico Receives Automotive ISO/TS 16949 Certification
EBN Newswire  
5/9/2016   Post a comment
Asteelflash group expands its electronic manufacturing services expertise with a global footprint targeted to automotive.
Holding off the Hedge: One CEO's Story
Junko Yoshida  
5/9/2016   Post a comment
Although the Marvell and IDT’s circumstances at the time of Starboard’s attacks greatly differ, separating the two is the human factor. Ted Tewksbury, who was IDT’s CEO in 2012, played a crucial role by staying on at IDT.
EBN@C-Level: A Conversation About the Shifting Supply Chain World with ON Semiconductor's Brent Wilson
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/9/2016   Post a comment
EBN sat down with Brent Wilson, senior vice president, Global Supply Chain Operations and Procurement at ON Semiconductor to talk about the evolution of the company's supply chain strategy.
7 Creative Ways to Convey the Value of Environment, Health & Safety to Tech Execs
Pamela J. Gordon  
5/9/2016   Post a comment
Here's some hard won wisdom from EHS and sustainability managers working at world’s largest tech companies about getting leadership on board with environmental, health and safety compliance.
Battery-Free IoT Computing Platform Draws Energy from Air
Elizabeth Montalbano  
5/6/2016   Post a comment
Electrical engineers from the University of Washington and Delft University of Technology have developed a new type of sensor-based platform that harvests energy from radio waves for electricity.
Embracing the Digital Enterprise
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/6/2016   Post a comment
The capabilities of the digital enterprise are remaking the way that electronics OEMs are designing, building, and transporting products.
Technology or Process: Find the Shortest Road to Efficiency & Productivity
Puga Sankara  
5/6/2016   Post a comment
Supply chain managers need to be very careful when evaluating new tools and technology to deploy in their supply chain.
Will Intel's Drone Chips Fly?
Junko Yoshida  
5/5/2016   Post a comment
Something about Intel’s drone efforts reminds me of Intel’s past stumbles in the mobile SoC market. Is Intel flying into the drone market from the wrong angle?
3 Trends Shaping Supply Chain Tech This Year
Scott Slinker  
5/5/2016   Post a comment
The right technology can make or break a supply chain. Here's a look at some of the biggest tech trends that OEMs can expect.
Expanding Business Models of Contract Manufacturers Improve OEM Profitability
Gelston Howell  
5/5/2016   Post a comment
Smart OEMs find that there are a variety of business benefits to collaborating with an integrated manufacturing solutions partner.
$40B Power Management Market Ripe for Innovation
Patrick Mannion  
5/4/2016   (1) comment
Incumbent suppliers of power-management ICs have an opportunity to greatly improve efficiency and integration, or lose market to rising stars.




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