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How OEM Leaders Leverage Culture to Improve Their Brand
Hank Ostholthoff  
3/26/2019   Post a comment
In the world of OEMs, brand and culture are beyond important to the process because a lot of relationships are integrated. Today, it only takes one bad review or relationship, or even an employee posting on social media that could mar your brand.
Top 7 Tips & Tricks to Improve Inventory Management
Megan R. Nichols  
3/25/2019   Post a comment
In a market of increasing competition, it is necessary to facilitate the optimized management of inventory and goods. Let's look at some of the basic best practices.
Chinese Smart Phones Capture Android Market
Puga Sankara  
3/22/2019   Post a comment
As the smart phone market evolves, Chinese phone makers are taking the lead and fast charging is fast becoming the norm. That's good news for the supply chain.
Critical Manufacturing Mantra: Location, Location, Location
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/22/2019   Post a comment
Electronics OEMs need to think carefully about factory relocations. Done well, they offer a number of benefits.
FedEx Partners with Kamen to Deliver AI
Rick Merritt  
3/21/2019   (1) comment
The engineer behind the Segway and First Robotics Competition discusses his team’s current work for FedEx on a delivery robot using neural networks.
Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: Data & the Supply Chain
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/21/2019   (1) comment
Reliable data is the lifeblood of the supply chain for OEMs hoping to manage material shortages in a volatile network.
3 Key Shifts Changing Business for Product Innovators
Antony John  
3/20/2019   Post a comment
Electronics OEMs are increasing the pace of innovation to survive and prosper in the face of customer demands for greater performance at a lower price, increased global competition, and more stringent regulatory requirements. New product development has to evolve as well.
Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: Artificial Intelligence & Manufacturing
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/19/2019   Post a comment
It’s hard to imagine a technology likely to have more impact in 2019 than artificial intelligence (AI). It was the talk of the show at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) at the start of January and the debate continued later that month at APEX in San Diego.
Oracle Enhances Cloud SCM Suite with Collaboration & AI Intelligence
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/19/2019   Post a comment
Oracle has upgraded its cloud-based supply chain management and enterprise resource planning offerings by enhancing artificial intelligence and collaboration capabilities.
EBN@C-Level: A Window into Contract Manufacturing in Europe
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/18/2019   Post a comment
We sat down with Bruno Racault, president and CEO at ALL Circuits, a contract manufacturer based in France to find out more about his organization and trends in the electronic manufacturing services sector.
The Robots Have Arrived: You're Fired!
Puga Sankara  
3/15/2019   Post a comment
Make way for the robots--but don't assume they are going to take over the world.
OEMs Need to Focus on Training, Reporting to Fight Warranty Service Abuse
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/15/2019   Post a comment
Service and warranty abuse is a huge threat to technology OEMs and service providers everywhere. AGMA has identified employee training and reporting mechanisms as critical components in the fight against service and warranty abuse.
Rapidly Evolving Supply Chain Risk Profile Demands Technology
Rajesh Kalidindi  
3/14/2019   (1) comment
If armed with the right technology, supply chain executives have the opportunity to influence the risk profile of the organization.
Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: Robots, Cobots & SMT
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/14/2019   (2) comments
Surface mount electronics companies are still looking for ways to use robotic technologies. We asked some experts to weigh in on the future.
What's More Important Than Cost When Implementing An ERP Systems?
Mark Beckner  
3/13/2019   (2) comments
When researching a new ERP systems, usability and costs are often the first considerations. Consider critical back end functions as well. Your goal should be an easy-to-use system that allows for a high level of interaction and customization without the need to hire resources. By keeping these features in mind, you will save time and money, and have a system that will grow with you and your business over time.
EBN@C-Level: Component Shortages & Counterfeits Create Electronics Conundrum
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/13/2019   Post a comment
Product shortages are opening doors for electronic component counterfeiters, which creates huge supply chain risks. We sat down with an industry veteran to find out how OEMs can address the challenges.
4 Examples of AI for Supply Chain
Frank Cavallaro  
3/12/2019   (1) comment
Artificial intelligence is set to change the supply chain in a variety of unexpected ways.
Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: Manufacturing & the Cloud
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/12/2019   Post a comment
Cloud computing is a key component in factory automation, which opens up opportunities for a variety of business boons. That same technology opens the factory up to certain types of risks. How should the industry weigh this question out?
Manufacturing Rate of Growth Drops Slightly in February
Barbara Jorgensen  
3/11/2019   (1) comment
After advancing in January, the nation’s leading factory index cooled down in February.
5 Ways to Reduce Expensive & Unnecessary Invoice Processing Costs
Aman Mann  
3/8/2019   Post a comment
Automation technology has the capacity to reduce costs and increase efficiency in a number of unexpected ways.
Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: Tariffs & Trade Wars
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/7/2019   Post a comment
Trade tariffs may be a political tool, but they create real-world impact for electronics OEMs. We sat down with the experts to understand what's happening, both good and bad.
Sweden's Tacton Brings Solutions Directly to Americas
Barbara Jorgensen  
3/6/2019   (1) comment
Tacton is investing $12 million over the next three years to establish joint headquarters in Chicago.
Electronics Technology Roundtable: STEM & the SMT Workforce of the Future
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/5/2019   Post a comment
We've gathered experts from IPC to talk about its initiatives in STEM education aimed at closing the skills gap in electronics manufacturing.
Navigating Supply Chain Headwinds: Sweat the Small Stuff
Graham Scott  
3/4/2019   Post a comment
The ripple effect caused by constrained supplies, long lead times and continued spikes in component prices is having a lasting impact on traditional customer/supplier relationships.
Finding Certainty in an Uncertain 2019
Paul Romano  
3/1/2019   (1) comment
Supply chain disruptions resulting from mergers and acquisitions (M&As); the continuous push for electric vehicles; and the impending resurgence of cryptocurrency are on the horizon in the coming year.
Electronic Supply Chain Roundtable: Counterfeit & Conflict Materials
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
2/28/2019   (1) comment
Fake parts are bad for consumers and bad for electronics OEMs. However, new technology solutions can be part of the solution in combatting counterfeits.
Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: AR Gets Real in Manufacturing
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
2/26/2019   (1) comment
Augmented reality is more than just fun and games. It can add real value in the electronics manufacturing setting.
Supply Chain Cyberthreats Balloon in 2018
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/22/2019   (3) comments
Increasingly, hackers and cyber attackers are looking at the supply chain as a back door into organizational information.
Locking Up Warehouse & Supply Chain Security
Megan R. Nichols  
2/22/2019   (2) comments
Warehouse and supply chain security are continuing to evolve to keep up with these growing threats.
Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: Smarter Materials Management
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
2/22/2019   (1) comment
APEX may predominantly be an assembly show, but supply chain and materials management are on the very top of the visitors’ agendas as the deal with changes in tariffs, challenges with counterfeits, and of course, severe component shortages. It turns out that more line efficiency is lost due to missing or incorrect inventory at the SMT line than pretty much any other issue.
Demand a Cost Information User Bill of Rights
Raef Lawson  
2/21/2019   Post a comment
Decision makers should be provided managerial cost information to enable them to effectively do their jobs. Let’s talk about appropriate standards.
Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: More on Mexico, What's New South of the Border?
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
2/20/2019   (1) comment
With the recent presidential and local elections, trade wars, and tariffs, and of course ‘the wall’, there’s no shortage of topics for discussion around Mexican manufacturing. And at an event in San Diego, California, it was no surprise to see so many colleagues from south of the border.
Supply Chain Enhances Electronics Customer Experience
Steve Smith  
2/19/2019   (1) comment
Plenty of companies still equate customer experience only with customer service. However, a supply chain snafu can do more to erode customer confidence than anything else.
Closed-Loop CAPA: What is the Big Deal?
Ann McGuire  
2/18/2019   (1) comment
A closed-loop CAPA process can impact a person’s life—and our entire public and private systems.
Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: Is Inspection Data the Currency of the Smart Factory?
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
2/15/2019   Post a comment
To make smart factories a reality, OEMS need data that adds value, making inspection data critically important. It could be called , the currency of the smart factory.
Open Source Hardware Benefits Procurement Practices
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/14/2019   Post a comment
The advent of processor options based the RISC-V Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) may delight electronics engineers and designers, but open-source hardware presents a number of opportunities for enhanced supply chain and procurement efforts as well.
Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: Create a Manufacturing Ecosystem
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
2/13/2019   (2) comments
Connected factories are one thing, but what about a connected manufacturing ecosystem? Surely more value can be delivered when many sites share data to drive best-in-class performance and global improvements. And what about the idea of crowdsourced anonymized data being used across the industry to improve performance throughout the value chain?
Maximized Product Uptime is the Future & the Future is Now
Gary Brooks  
2/12/2019   (2) comments
Subscription-based services are now a part of manufacturing that are extending the supply chain. Electronics OEMs need to adapt or they will die.
Experts Advise on Avoiding Counterfeit Components
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/11/2019   (2) comments
In a recent webinar, SiliconExpert Market Insights: Counterfeit Risk & Mitigation Thought Leader Panel Discussion, industry thought leaders discussed and debated the path forward to combatting the increasingly large problem of counterfeit components.
Nokia Sets Sights on Redemption
Junko Yoshida  
2/7/2019   Post a comment
In this Special Project, we tear down Nokia, examining its past and future. We explore what 5G and yet-to-be-defined 6G network infrastructure would look like. And more to the point, what does it mean to the industry and Nokia? Can Nokia redeem itself?
Promising Year Ahead: CPO Role Evolves; Digitalization Generates New Jobs
Marcell Vollmer  
2/7/2019   (1) comment
2019 has the potential to be a great and even world-changing year, despite upheaval in certain sectors.
Overcoming the State of the Logistics Supply Chain Crunch
Mark Pluta  
2/6/2019   Post a comment
Lots of complexity and a huge driver shortage is making logistics in the electronics supply chain tricky. Technology, applied thoughtfully, can make all the difference.
Use Social Media to Enhance Supply Chain Transparency
Frank Cavallaro  
2/5/2019   (1) comment
Customers want transparency of supply chain through social media.
January Factory Index Regains Lost Ground
Barbara Jorgensen  
2/4/2019   (1) comment
Institute for Supply Management’s PMI is on the rise, but there's no promise of an easy road ahead. Supplier delivery, backlog and prices indexes all declined.
California Sets New Standard for Data Privacy with CCPA
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/1/2019   (1) comment
Electronics OEMs have less than a year now to comply with California's new and very stringent data privacy laws. It's never too early to start worrying about it.
Independent Path Lowers Sourcing Risk in a Constrained Market
Jeff Elliott  
1/31/2019   Post a comment
The medical device industry looks to independent distributors to address chronic shortages in the availability of electronic components.
Analyze TCO to Make a Case for Onshore Sourcing
Harry Moser  
1/28/2019   (1) comment
An analysis of all relevant factors—overhead, balance sheet, risks, corporate strategy and other external and internal business considerations—is a better determination of the true total cost of a part or assembly. That's what should drive reshoring decisions.
No Silver Bullet for Electronics Counterfeiting - Yet
Barbara Jorgensen  
1/25/2019   (3) comments
The best minds in high-tech have been unable to overcome one of the industry’s most insidious challenges: counterfeit electronics.
Boom: Top 10 CES Takeaways in the Age of Data
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
1/24/2019   (2) comments
CES offers a glimpse into the future of technology. If you didn't get to the show, this slideshow will give you a glimpse at some of the hottest trends for future.
Industry Standards Take a Role in Mitigating Counterfeits
Megan R. Nichols  
1/23/2019   (2) comments
Through standards, OEMs and distributors are able to place requirements on their suppliers and subcontractors to have a clear counterfeit mitigation strategy in place.
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The number of cyberattacks is on the rise and hackers are targeting the supply chain. Drew Smith, founder and CEO of InfoArmor, will be on hand to discuss the reality of today's threat landscape and what to do about it.