Manufacturing
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4 Steps to Successful Sales & Operations Planning
Michael Schmitt  
4/22/2014   (2) comments
Achieving collaborative sales and operations planning takes effort, but the rewards are huge.
Headed Home: The Role of Proximity in On Shoring
Frank Cavallaro  
4/22/2014   (4) comments
Proximity has played a large role in bringing manufacturing back to the United States. Let's think about why that might be.
3D Printing: Asking the Environmental Question
Logical Link  
4/21/2014   (16) comments
3D printing may be a boon for electronics designers, but this new technology gets a mixed environmental report card.
Closing the Gap Between Data & Useable Info
David Park  
4/21/2014   (13) comments
Semiconductor manufacturing creates huge amounts of data. Leveraged intelligently, all of this information can lead to much better business.
Crowdsourcing the Counterfeiting Problem
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/18/2014   (7) comments
Counterfeit components remain a huge headache for electronics OEMs. A newly formed community hopes to crowdsource a solution.
Get the Most Out of Your Current ERP Solution
Susan Fourtané  
4/17/2014   (9) comments
Enhanced the productivity and efficiency of your organization by optimizing your ERP software solution.
Hardware Companies Win VC Appeal, Too
Logical Link  
4/16/2014   (2) comments
Electronics hardware OEMs are getting their share of attention from venture capital firms. The supply chain will have to keep an eye on this trend to stay ready.
The Dollars & Sense of Onshoring
Frank Cavallaro  
4/15/2014   (10) comments
For some organizations, onshoring can make real financial sense. Here's why.
Apple's Run at Auto Industry Makes Tier-1 Suppliers Nervous
Bruce Gain  
4/14/2014   (9) comments
Apple is making some noise in the automotive industry with its CarPlay infotainment operating system, making tier-1 suppliers nervous about the potential of an industry takeover.
Curing Supply Chain Tunnel Vision
Wade McDaniel  
4/14/2014   (1) comment
Supply chain professionals need to look beyond their own industry to spot important issues that will affect the electronics supply chain.
Use PR to Help Launch Your Tech Startup
Mark Shapiro  
4/11/2014   (10) comments
Good PR practices can take a well-designed and well-made electronics product to the next level.
High-Tech Execs Offer Lessons Learned in Emerging Market Expansion
Change in the Chain  
4/10/2014   (1) comment
OEMs are eying emerging markets as a valuable and profitable new venue to sell their wares.
5 Business Benefits of a Fluid Distribution Network
Mary E. Shacklett  
4/9/2014   (3) comments
By leveraging today's technologies, organizations can move toward capturing the benefits of a fluid distribution network.
Exploring the Synergy of Automation & Onshoring
Frank Cavallaro  
4/8/2014   (4) comments
Automation has played a significant role in bringing manufacturing back to the United States. Here's why.
Live Chat 4/3: Business Networks Emerge as Procurement's Future
EBN Dialogue  
4/3/2014   (118) comments
Increasingly, procurement is evolving as a strategic function within most manufacturing organizations. Business networks are evolving to connect the supply chain and give procurement the edge it needs. We've invited Rachel Spasser, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Ariba, and Andrew Bartolini, chief research officer of research firm Ardent Partners, to discuss the key elements of a strong business community.
Speeding Innovation in the Smart Tech World
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/2/2014   (5) comments
Flextronic CTO Erik Volkerink offers his vision of the future of smart electronics design.
10 Compelling Factors Driving Onshoring
Frank Cavallaro  
4/2/2014   (8) comments
There are at least ten reasons for manufacturers to bring manufacturing closer to home.
Supply Chain Should Bank on Business Networks
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/1/2014   (2) comments
Increasingly, procurement is evolving as a strategic function within most manufacturing organizations. Business networks are evolving to connect the supply chain and give procurement the edge it needs.
It’s Time for Better Systems in the Yard
Mary E. Shacklett  
3/31/2014   (4) 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.
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.
Live Chat 3/27: Finding the Procurement and Technology Sweet Spot
EBN Dialogue  
3/27/2014   (130) comments
Increasingly, choosing the right software and technology tools is critical to empowering procurement to realize strategic advantages. We've invited Richard Waugh, vice president, corporate development at Zycus, to talk about the company's recently released Pulse of Procurement study and to share his thoughts on technology's place in the supply chain. We'll be meeting at 2:00 p.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. PDT) on Thursday, March 27.
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.
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.
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.
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   (7) 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.
The Talent Pinch
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Big Data Gone Wild
Logical Link  
3/17/2014   (14) comments
Big data is a hot topic for everyone. For the electronics industry, the full impact remains to be seen.
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.
Global Trade Management Conquers Emerging Markets
Susan Fourtané  
3/6/2014   (18) comments
Global trade management is expected to expand and grow in emerging markets in 2014.
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.
Outsourced Solutions
EBN Poll  
3/5/2014   (5) comments
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.
Defending the IP of the US Semiconductor Industry
Apek Mulay  
2/27/2014   (22) comments
Ties between the United Arab Emirates are developing over time. In light of these changes, the US semiconductor needs to remain aware of the potential risks.
Nearshoring Still Searching for Adoption
Change in the Chain  
2/26/2014   (3) comments
As much as we talk about nearshoring as an idea whose time has come, most organizations are taking a wait-and-see attitude.
In Search of Mission-Critical Semiconductor Quality
David Park  
2/25/2014   (10) comments
Semiconductor manufacturing must find new methods to improve product quality and reliability for consumer-level products.
Building App Layer Security Into the Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/24/2014   (15) comments
True supply chain security means more than installing a firewall. Too often, organizations forget to secure their supply chain apps, and that can cause big security gaps.
Live Chat 2/20: Building a Real-Time Mobile Supply Chain
EBN Dialogue  
2/20/2014   (118) comments
The reality of the global supply chain demands always-on data access. Increasingly, leading-edge organizations are working to add mobile apps to manage the supply chain. We've invited Tyler Ziemann, head of growth at mobile supply chain software vendor Elementum, and Tom Linton, chief procurement officer at contract manufacturer Flextronics, to talk about the benefits and realities of building a real-time mobile supply chain.
Building a 3D Value Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
2/20/2014   (10) comments
3D value will drive supply chains in 2014.
Live Chat 2/20: Managing the Supply Chain on the Go
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/18/2014   (6) comments
Logistics and supply chain professionals expect and need anytime access to supply chain data—and mobile apps are the gateway to that capability.
Fighting Back Against Embedded System Attacks
Bruce Gain  
2/13/2014   (9) comments
Increasingly, hackers and malware makers are targeting the firmware of electronic devices. Organizations across the supply chain need to band together to mitigate those risks.
Segmentation Enables Supply Chain Trifecta: Lower Cost, Higher Revenue & Greater Flexibility
Lynn Torrel  
2/3/2014   (2) comments
Inbound supply chain segmentation may be the next logical step on the journey toward supply chain excellence.
Live Chat 1/31: The Future of Direct Procurement
EBN Dialogue  
1/31/2014   (159) comments
Supply chain practices need to catch up with the new reality of a global supply base. We'll be chatting with guests Rob Schoenthaler, chief customer officer at E2open and Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer at Spend Matters, to explore how to close the gap between current practices and the demands of today's business climate.
Student Pays Engineering Forward
Jessica MacNeil  
1/31/2014   (8) comments
Jim Balz's path to engineering and philanthropy wasn't always clear, but when he got involved in the FIRST Robotics Competition his interest became a passion. Now his work is gaining support from the engineering community, even seeing him speak at major conferences and events.
Sourcing Quartz Timing Devices: Myth vs. Reality
Jean-Francois Baril  
1/30/2014   (5) comments
Conventional wisdom is that quartz timing devices are a mature technology with few supply or performance issues; as is often the case, conventional wisdom can be wrong.
If It’s on NPR, It Must Be True
Wade McDaniel  
1/29/2014   (5) comments
As organizations talk about re-shoring, labor costs should only be part of the discussion. Taken as a whole, this is a movement whose time has come.
Closing the Direct Procurement Gap
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/29/2014   (1) comment
Today's supply chain bears little resemblance to the procurement channel of the past. It's time for direct procurement practices to evolve and catch up.
Xilinx/Flextronics Suit Shines Light on the Gray Market
Tam Harbert  
1/28/2014   (61) comments
Xilinx has brought Flextronics to court -- and the lawsuit provides an opportunity for the industry to take a good long look at the gray market.
Supply Chain & Risk Management Go Together Like Peas & Carrots
Robert Cowan  
1/27/2014   (16) comments
Supply chain managers are juggling a lot, so risk is all in a day's work.
Operational Resiliency: Moving From What to How
Logical Link  
1/24/2014   (23) comments
It's time to take the idea of supply chain resiliency from imagination to reality.
OEMs Face a Virus Dilemma
Bruce Gain  
1/22/2014   (8) comments
Cybercriminals follow the money… and getting malware installed at the OEM products promises them a huge potential win.
Exploring the E-Sourcing Advantage
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/21/2014   (8) comments
E-sourcing has become mainstream. To succeed, though, organizations need to focus on choosing solutions that are easy to use.
Supply Chain: Both Nimble & Lean
Jim O'Reilly  
1/20/2014   (7) comments
With onshoring, customer centricity, and shorter pipelines, Lean is no longer enough. "Nimble" is the next buzzword.
Shift Happens: Thoughts on Industry Change
Suzanne Deffree  
1/15/2014   (14) comments
Margins, ship and debit, counterfeiting, and executive changeover should be considered as we all plan for a successful 2014.
Small Savings Reap Big Supply Chain Rewards
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/13/2014   (79) comments
The use of electronic signatures can translate into big savings for the supply chain. Better still, it allows OEMs to reduce risk and enhance compliance throughout the supply chain.
Intel Edison Aims to Dress Wearables
Jessica Lipsky  
1/9/2014   (1) comment
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich outlined a vision for a wearable world at Monday's pre-CES keynote, the cornerstone of which centers on a SD-sized computing system.
Times Are A-Changin' in the DRAM Market
Bruce Gain  
1/9/2014   Post a comment
DRAM sales are on the rise. However, the market may have matured to the point of more stability in pricing and availability.
Calling for a Centralized Business Model for Decentralized Supply Chains
Apek Mulay  
1/7/2014   (2) comments
The current business business model of MNCs, which is based on globalization, has resulted in distorted manufacturing supply chain. A centralized business model improves the situation dramatically.
Avnet Technology Solutions Unveils New Application-Based Offerings for HP ConvergedSystem for Channel Partners in the US & Canada
EBN Newswire  
1/6/2014   Post a comment
Avnet provides partners with the building blocks to quickly and efficiently deploy IT solutions for messaging and secure mobility
Mouser's Robotics Education Grant Supports Future Engineers
EBN Newswire  
1/6/2014   Post a comment
Mouser Electronics announced its sponsorship of a robotics grant to support science and technology education in Mansfield Schools
Readers’ Choice 2013: Apple Lessons, Chinese Counterfeiting, 4D Printing
Suzanne Deffree  
12/31/2013   (25) comments
EBN showcases its most-read 15 pieces of content as we review 2013.
Innovate in Limiting Supplier Risk
Mary E. Shacklett  
12/27/2013   (24) comments
Supplier risk goes far beyond finding an alternate source. It's time to shore up other parts of your risk management program.
Amazon's Gray Market May Give OEMs a Black Eye
Marc Herman  
12/23/2013   (11) comments
For dozens of OEMs and their supply chains, if Amazon starts to seem unreliable, so will everyone upstream along the retailer’s supply lines – fair or not.
The Evolving Supply Chain Conscience
Susan Fourtané  
12/19/2013   (19) comments
The new corporate social responsibility is becoming mainstream, and the supply chain needs to react accordingly.
Live Chat 12/18: Supply Chain Trends for 2014
EBN Dialogue  
12/18/2013   (87) comments
We've invited James McGregor, director of supplier management for Newark element14, as our guest as we consider what 2014 might hold for the electronics supply chain. We'll be gathering here at 2:00 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m. PST) on Wednesday, December 18.
Flexible Electronics Stretch the Limits of Imagination
Janine Love  
12/18/2013   (10) comments
Collaborations between chemists, physicists, and electrical engineers are are yielding inspiring new bendable materials.
Live Chat 12/18: A Look Ahead at the Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/16/2013   (3) comments
Product supply, on-shoring, and new technologies will be hot topics in the coming year. Let's start talking now!
Don't Panic: 4 Easy Steps to Getting Started on Con Min Compliance
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/16/2013   Post a comment
Adhering to the Dodd-Frank Act has some organizations scrambling or stalled with confusion. However, a few simple steps are all it takes to get started.
Key to Innovation? Onshoring Manufacturing of Course
Brian Fuller  
12/14/2013   (6) comments
A new study hopes to revitalize American innovation by better understanding how design and manufacturing are symbiotic.
Con Min Certification Drags in Central Africa
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/13/2013   (2) comments
Even as manufacturers scramble to meet the demands of compliance with the Dodd Frank Act by May 2013, lack of certification of mines may slow down efforts to identify mines that meet conflict mineral requirements.
Bitcoin: A Technological & Economic Game Changer?
Rich Pell  
12/11/2013   (9) comments
Bitcoin is hot. And it's going to change the electronics industry.
Live Chat 12/10: Security & the Supply Chain
EBN Dialogue  
12/10/2013   (149) comments
Today's supply chains are ripe for cyberattack as organizations work to open lines of communications with their partners. We'll be chatting with Steve Durbin, global vice president of the Information Security Forum, about the risk to the supply chain and best-practices for mitigating those risks.
Sweden: Europe's Most Innovative Country
Logical Link  
12/10/2013   (39) comments
Innovation -- developing it, using it, and harnessing it to drive economic growth -- has come to the forefront lately as companies and countries try to rebuild after a long, dark recession.
Invest Again in Innovation
Logical Link  
12/9/2013   (52) comments
Perhaps the supply chain world can learn a thing or two from the STEM educators.
Automotive Supply Chain Falling Short
Logical Link  
12/5/2013   (2) comments
Despite positive trends in demand, the automotive sector's supply chain needs to get its house in order, a report finds.
‘Tis the Season for Reflection, Speculation
Lynn Torrel  
12/3/2013   (15) comments
Clearly, no one can say with certainty what lies ahead for our industry, but a quick look back at EBN Velocity through 2013 lets us identify some standout topics.
Moisture-Sensitive Components Need Sensible Handling
Michael Allen  
11/25/2013   (6) comments
Moisture-sensitive components complicate manufacturing. Here's what you and your manufacturing partners need to do about it.
Unreliable Mineral Supplies Impede US Innovation
Hal Quinn  
11/22/2013   (10) comments
From the lithium in laptop and smartphone batteries, to the copper circuitry in satellites and the silicon in semiconductors, minerals are fundamental to America’s most innovative industries, including the electronics supply chain.
Shutdown Grazes Tech Supply Chain
Tam Harbert  
11/21/2013   (4) comments
The federal government shutdown didn't bring business to a halt, but business did get grazed, and, as always, there will be an impact in the electronics supply chain.
Warehousing & Inventory Management Innovations Enable New Business Models
Cathal Lathrop  
11/21/2013   (8) comments
Component lifecycles are getting shorter as manufacturers move on to more profitable products, and planned obsolescence is playing a more strategic role in lifecycle management.
Live Chat 11/21: UPS Study Looks at Next-Gen Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/19/2013   Post a comment
We'll chat with Ken Rankin, director of high-tech segment marketing at UPS, and Simon Ellis, practice director for IDC Manufacturing Insights, about the results of the newly released fourth annual UPS Change in the (Supply) Chain survey.
Instead of Going to China, Bring China to You
Logical Link  
11/19/2013   (18) comments
For years, companies sent their manufacturing operations to China. Now with economic woes still hanging heavy over many developed countries' GDP growth potential, some nations are trying to get Chinese companies to send operations -- and investments -- their way.
Wanted: Brightest & Best Young Engineers for DesignCon Panel
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/19/2013   (7) comments
If you are or know a recently graduated or student engineer who you believe represents the future of engineering, let us know.
Even Aerospace Is Going Gaga Over 3D Printing
Logical Link  
11/11/2013   (26) comments
The aerospace industry sees massive potential for 3D printing, but questions remain about the impact that growing demand will have on design and supply chain planning.
Managing the Unmanageable: Customers & PLM
George Karalias  
11/7/2013   (6) comments
By working with the right suppliers, customers can get critical components even after they are obsolete.
Supply Chain Software Spending No Panacea
At the Source  
11/6/2013   (5) comments
Could sophisticated software have helped supply chain managers reverse the declining fortunes of companies like BlackBerry and Nokia?
The NSA: Just One Threat to Supply Chain Security
Bruce Gain  
11/5/2013   (14) comments
The recent Le Monde report has certainly added flames to the fire for those concerned about the potential security risks that the NSA poses to supply chains, especially for organizations with direct business ties to the United States.
Faster (& More) Signaling on the Same Channel
Brian Fuller  
10/31/2013   (1) comment
FPD-Link has been in existence for almost 20 years; it's improving like fine wine.
The Future of Manufacturing in the UK
Susan Fourtané  
10/31/2013   (26) comments
Government support and substantial innovation promise a potentially bright future for manufacturing in the United Kingdom.
4 Steps to Company & Product Innovation
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/30/2013   (17) comments
Innovate or die, that's the battle cry of today's quickly changing market. It's not easy, but it is pretty simple.
Live Chat 10/31: Taking the Fear Out of Sourcing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/29/2013   Post a comment
On Thursday, Oct. 31st, we'll be gathering with Richard Waugh as our guest to discuss the latest and greatest capabilities in the growing market of strategic sourcing applications.
The Hidden Risks of ODM Overdependence
Tam Harbert  
10/29/2013   (2) comments
ODMs are taking center stage with many OEMs, but on the shadow side, this approach has some pitfalls.
Medical Drives Electronics Supply Chain Changes
Anne Ting  
10/28/2013   (5) comments
The medical industry is rife with electronics devices, providing a challenge and opportunity for the supply chain.
IoT Interfaces May Come From Biology
Stephen Miles  
10/27/2013   (4) comments
It turns out the Internet of Things may change how we think about sensors.
Forget Apple, Corning Has the Real News
Marc Herman  
10/25/2013   (14) comments
If it hasn't made your technology news radar, it should have: Samsung is buying a share in Corning... and Apple should be concerned.
3D Printing: Abuses & Odd Uses
Jim O'Reilly  
10/23/2013   (39) comments
3D Printing has generated a burst of creativity, with some odd and occasionally scary results.
Manufacturer vs. Consumer: The Mismatched Product Game
Logical Link  
10/22/2013   (14) comments
What manufacturers think and what consumers think aren't often the same when it comes to quality, innovation, and supply chain transparency.




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