Posts posted in November 2013
Optimize Your Team for Success
Frank Cavallaro  
11/29/2013   (14) comments
Most teams can decipher what needs to be done easily, but when it comes to the how, new or weak teams unravel. Here's how to avoid that pitfall.
Solar Cells Use IR Radiation
Paul Buckley  
11/28/2013   (14) comments
The Power of Tiny Bubbles
R. Colin Johnson  
11/28/2013   (5) comments
IBM wins the Gordon Bell Prize.
The Rise of the Robot
Jim O'Reilly  
11/27/2013   (23) comments
Low-cost, easy-to-integrate robots and improved safety features are changing assembly lines.
Amazon Wants Every Friday to be Black Friday
Suzanne Deffree  
11/27/2013   (18) comments
In leveraging delivery and logistics practices, Amazon.com hopes to make every Friday a Black Friday this holiday season.
CFOs & Supply Chain Leaders: a Powerful Combination
At the Source  
11/26/2013   (7) comments
An Ernst & Young survey shows that, when CFOs and supply chain leaders form a closer business partnership within a company, they report better results in a number of areas, including the company's financial position.
Fonblet: What We've All Waited For
Logical Link  
11/26/2013   (31) comments
Is the fonblet marketing hype or true innovation?
Make a PCB With Your Laser Printer
Nicole Faubert  
11/25/2013   (4) comments
Homemade PCBs are far less controversial than 3D laser-printed guns, but it is something else that can be done with a simple laser printer.
Tight Inventory Management Pays Off
Suzanne Deffree  
11/25/2013   Post a comment
OEMs are expected to close 2013 with strong revenue growth, thanks in part to tight management of inventory levels.
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.
Measuring, Drop by Drop
Brian Fuller  
11/24/2013   (101) comments
Droplet Measurement Technologies makes it its business to ensure even safer skies and calmer passengers.
Where Are All the Medical Breakthroughs?
José Fernández Villaseñor  
11/23/2013   (8) comments
Lately there's been a shift of late in focus to the healthcare and fitness market.
Big Data May Mimic, Replace Brain
Rick Merritt  
11/23/2013   (8) comments
Big data analytics may both mimic the human brain and replace it.
Looking at PMICs: Wider Input-Voltage Range Yields Better Designs (& BOMs)
Bill Schweber  
11/22/2013   (2) comments
There is still plenty of need for regulators that can handle wider input swings.
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.
4 Paths From Strategy to Execution
Frank Cavallaro  
11/22/2013   (2) comments
How do we get from strategy to execution? Here are a few ideas.
Sensor Enables Airlines to Avoid Volcanic Ash After Eruptions
Carolyn Mathas  
11/21/2013   (1) comment
Airbus and British easyJet airline just tested a sensor that won't let volcano eruptions impact a plane in the air.
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.
Qualcomm's Tricorder X-Prize: Mobile Redefining Medicine
R. Colin Johnson  
11/20/2013   (9) comments
Wearable medical sensors monitored with an app mark the beginning of the end for bulky, traditional medical instruments.
Europe's Renewable Energy Is Costly -- for Now
B. Cameron Gain  
11/20/2013   (13) comments
In the near term, the scenario would be bad for those whose livelihoods depend on the European supply chain, but the shift out of Europe because of high renewable energy costs would have little impact (if any) on global supply chain costs.
Europe’s Code of Conduct Version 5 Released
Richard Fassler  
11/19/2013   Post a comment
The EC has just released a new set of efficiency targets for external power supplies that raises the bar for many consumer and office electronics.
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.
Failure: 'It's an Emotional Problem'
Jennifer Delony  
11/18/2013   (7) comments
Failure can help you shape a new culture of innovation.
Supply Chain Remains a Risky Business
Wade McDaniel  
11/18/2013   (13) comments
Current evidence leads possible conclusion that although there is a lot of interest in managing supply chain risk,but not much action being taken,
Belly Up to the Bar (Code)
Malcolm Fuller  
11/16/2013   (16) comments
Delta Controls, one of the largest independent manufacturers of building automation controllers, has started using bar codes to track their inventory and make their operations run more efficiently.
7 Tips for Mastering the Art of Persuasion
Frank Cavallaro  
11/15/2013   (10) comments
Persuasion has nothing to do with being the loudest or most aggressive. It's about defining a goal and getting people to buy into it. Here's how to be persuasive.
Component Supply May Be Moto PhoneBlok's Achilles Heel
Marc Herman  
11/14/2013   (12) comments
Motorola's "PhoneBlok" modular concept could be the next evolution of mobile. But where will they get the "bloks"?
Next Step in PMBus Evolution
Dave Freeman  
11/13/2013   (3) comments
As loads become more dynamic, there is a need to increase the PMBus throughput, so the new version of the PMBus standard extends the clock speed from 400 kHz to 1 MHz.
Expanding What It Means to Be a Supply Chain Leader
Suzanne Deffree  
11/13/2013   (14) comments
What do companies like Amazon.com, Costco, and Kraft have in common with Avnet? According to Gartner, these companies are among the world's supply chain leaders.
Bridging the Great Divide
Barry Sullivan  
11/12/2013   (5) comments
Apply Content Best-Practices to Supply Chain Marketing
Savvy Tech Marketing  
11/12/2013   (3) comments
Engineers want to learn, and by giving them fodder for thought, you'll help them and your organization.
Live Chat 11/13: Standardizing Component Freshness
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/11/2013   (1) comment
We'll be talking about component date codes. Are they necessary for quality? Or an encumbrance to the speed of business?
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.
Manage Corporate Risk With Clawbacks
Frank Cavallaro  
11/8/2013   (14) comments
Clawbacks are an essential risk management tool for any supply chain organization.
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?
Rambus Pursues Disposable PicoCam
Rick Merritt  
11/5/2013   (6) comments
A so-called pico-camer is designed as a lens-free device significantly cheaper and smaller than today's tiniest imagers.
The NSA: Just One Threat to Supply Chain Security
B. Cameron Gain  
11/5/2013   (12) 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.
In SCM, Attitude Is (Almost) Everything
Lynn Torrel  
11/4/2013   (3) comments
It's time to stop making excuses and start polishing your supply chains.
The Key to Employee Retention
Frank Cavallaro  
11/1/2013   (29) comments
While the time and expense of retaining an employee may seem daunting, the cost of losing an employee is much greater. Here's how to retain your employees.

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EBN Dialogue enables you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Open to the entire EBN community of electronics supply chain experts, these conversations see ideas shared, comments made, and questions asked and answered in real time. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats. Stay tuned and join in!
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Live Chat 01/15: CPOs Re-Shape Their Business Roles
Increasingly chief procurement officers (CPOs) are re-shaping their organizational role to focus on creating results far beyond cost controls. A new IBM survey explores how.
Live Chat 11/12: Examining the Cyberthreat to Supply Chains
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.