Posts posted in April 2015
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Apple Watch Teardown Proves It's Hard To Fix
Eric Zeman  
4/30/2015   (1) comment
The miniscule battery in the Apple Watch is the only component nimble-fingered technicians might be able to replace, according to iFixit's latest report.
The Hype and the Hope for the IoT
Peter Gasperini  
4/30/2015   (3) comments
2015 will be a pivotal year for high tech and the global economy in general. Gaining a sense of where the early trends for the IoT are heading is critical.
Supply Chains Will Change Radically over the Coming Decade
Rob Spiegel  
4/29/2015   Post a comment
The supply chain will change significantly over the next 10 years as industry 4.0 technology enhances supply chain performance, according to the 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report, “Supply Chain Innovation — Making the impossible possible.”
Survey Says: C-level Confidence Among Mid-Sized Manufacturers Looks Strong
Mike McDonald  
4/29/2015   Post a comment
Mid-sized U.S. manufacturing CFOs are feeling confident that the economy will remain strong in 2015.
Apple Ticks Up Sales Record
Rick Merritt  
4/28/2015   Post a comment
Apple reported record sales for its second quarter but said its new smartwatch has lower than average profits and forecast a seasonally down June quarter.
Pizza Hut Has Something to Teach the Supply Chain
Frank Cavallaro  
4/28/2015   Post a comment
Pizza Hut’s “subconscious menu” tickles our imagination, making it a winner even if it never reaches U.S. restaurants.
Enterprise Labeling Speeds Time-to-Market
Deborah Grant  
4/28/2015   Post a comment
Too often, multiple warehouse, manufacturing and enterprise systems create a complicated and ineffectual labelling system. A unified labeling strategy, then brings clear benefits.
Delivery Drone Or Death Machine?
Thomas Claburn  
4/27/2015   Post a comment
Drones can help or harm. Figuring out how to respond to them isn't going to be easy.
4 Places that Drones May Invade the Supply Chain
Tam Harbert  
4/27/2015   Post a comment
Drones are already being used commercially and some not-quite-so-obvious applications for the supply chain are emerging for this hot technology.
Google Glass Could Change the World, But Especially Distribution Centers
Puga Sankara  
4/27/2015   (4) comments
Distribution centers are a perfect place for wearables such as Google Glass, especially with even more emphasis on manufacturing coming back to the U.S.
8 Views of Security from RSA
Rick Merritt  
4/24/2015   Post a comment
Security was in focus at RSA Conference with top cryptographers, the Secretary of Homeland Security and others sharing views on everything from IoT to policy.
Green Giants: Top 9 OEMs Leading Environmental Change
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/24/2015   (2) comments
Take a look at this list of electronics OEMs that keep the spirit of Earth Day alive all year around.
5 Keys to Guarding IoT Privacy from the Ground Up
Cliff Ortmeyer  
4/24/2015   Post a comment
If IoT is to succeed, we must give customers confidence that the products and devices being developed are safe and that their data is secure.
Can Technology Make Us Happy?
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/24/2015   Post a comment
A new infographic from Happify takes a look at how the digital age affects our happiness.
Medical Device Implants: Wireless Charging Makes Sense
Bill Schweber  
4/23/2015   Post a comment
Wireless charging may be ideal for medical devices.
IoT Privacy: Engineering Fault, Not User Issue
Cliff Ortmeyer  
4/23/2015   Post a comment
Engineers and product developers rarely put privacy as the number one concern. However, to really woo cusotomers, it has to be a key consideration.
Mobile Devices Increase Electronics Buyers Expectations
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/23/2015   Post a comment
Increasingly, procurement departments are looking for online shoping experiences that are on par with the consumer world. Electronics OEMs need to keep up.
The Changing Face of Computer Storage
Jim O'Reilly  
4/23/2015   (2) comments
For the logistics chain, both upstream of the drive and array makers, and downstream in channels of distribution of their products, the newest storage innovations will change how things are done.
Smartwatches to Outpace Trackers
Jessica Lipsky  
4/22/2015   Post a comment
Smartwatch ownership is on the rise and will likely surpass activity trackers, according to market researchers. A report from The NDP Group projected that 2016 activity tracker ownership will have peaked at 32 million in 2016 while smartwatch ownership will hit 9%.
Huawei & NXP Join Forces on Industry 4.0
Pablo Valerio  
4/22/2015   Post a comment
Several industry analysts predict that by 2025 Industry 4.0 will connect over 80 billion devices to the Internet.
Intelligent Supply Chain Fights Theft, Loss
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/22/2015   Post a comment
To cope with increasing threats of cargo loss and threat, electronics supply chains have to increase visibility.
Third Party Corruption: Spot the Red Flags
Leslie Benton  
4/22/2015   Post a comment
Corruption risk assessments should evaluate the presence of red flags to ensure anti-bribery compliance by third parties.
Moore’s Law @50 in the News
Rick Merritt  
4/21/2015   Post a comment
Here’s a sampler of some of the best of the reports that marked the official anniversary of Moore’s Law on Sunday, April 19.
Mobile Market Demands Solid Supply Chain
Mary E. Shacklett  
4/21/2015   Post a comment
For electronics companies, this soaring use of mobile devices translates into accelerating demands for mobile technology—and the need to further improve supply chains.
Commitment to the Cause: It’s All About Sustainability
Per Loof  
4/21/2015   Post a comment
Sustainability takes deep involvment from the organization but it is worth it.
New Supply Chain Labeling: Complex & Demanding
Deborah Grant  
4/21/2015   Post a comment
Excellence in labeling has always provided a competitive advantage in manufacturing, but today the amount of critical data that needs to be printed on a barcode label far surpasses the past.
Medical Maker Aims Implant at Congenital Scoliosis
Suzanne Deffree  
4/20/2015   Post a comment
Here's an example of engineering to improve lives and one inspiring young maker.
Top 10 3D Printing Projects on Kickstarter
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/20/2015   (1) comment
No one argues that 3D printing is poised to change the electronics industry and its supply chain. The popularity of these projects on Kickstarter are just one measure of just how hot the market is.
The Next-Generation of Responsible Supply Chains
Logical Link  
4/20/2015   Post a comment
Now that the ideas around social responsibility have matured, companies are looking for broader business and supply chain strategies that generate more competitive advantages and opportunities.
Prescriptive Analytics Creates Healthier Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
4/20/2015   Post a comment
Prescriptive analytics help reshape and transform the traditional supply chain into a new value chain.
Moore’s Law Hits Middle Age
Rick Merritt  
4/19/2015   Post a comment
Top technologists from Intel, IBM and TSMC who helped drive Moore’s Law forward share their stories and opinions on its 50th anniversary.
Moore's Law: Dead or Alive
R. Colin Johnson  
4/18/2015   Post a comment
Moore's law is still alive and kicking after 50 years, but here are the technologies that are busting and boosting it in the 21st century.
Moore from the Archives
Susan Rambo  
4/17/2015   Post a comment
Moore's law at age 50 continues to be viable but for how long? Here's a look into EE Time's archives, including a link to what Gordon Moore thought of his own law's chances for longevity.
Simplifying Shipping Safety for Lithium Batteries
Bob Richard  
4/17/2015   Post a comment
Done right, shipping lithium batteries is safe. They key to success comes in partnering with trusted suppliers and maintaining best practices.
Apple's History of Supply Chain Excellence
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/17/2015   (2) comments
My any measure, Apple's supply chain sets the bar for the electronics supply chain industry. This infographic traces the organizations illustrious history.
Redefining Moore's Law at the Half Century Mark
Apek Mulay  
4/17/2015   (1) comment
April 19th, 2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of Moore's Law, an important landmark for global semiconductor industry. Shifting the definition has the opportunity to prolong it's usefulness.
Apple Watch Scores 1 Million Preorders, Analysts Find
Eric Zeman  
4/16/2015   Post a comment
Most buyers opted for the cheapest Apple Watch option possible, says research firm. However, do the numbers point to a new trend in wearables?
Is the Death of the PC Industry Exaggerated?
Jim O'Reilly  
4/16/2015   (4) comments
The death knell has been sounding for the PC industry for some time now. A look at tech trends reveals whether the current industry is breathing its last.
Procurement & Finance: A Collaborative Approach
Priyanka Potdukhe  
4/16/2015   (3) comments
If the procurment department works to build close relationships with the finance function, the organization has the potential for big bottom line gains.
EE Times/EDN 2014 Salary and Opinion Study
Karen Field  
4/15/2015   (1) comment
The results of the 2014 EE Times/EDN Salary and Opinion Survey are in, and though there's some angst in the ranks overall engineers feel pretty good.
How Tesla Disrupts the Auto Infotainment Supply Chain
B. Cameron Gain  
4/15/2015   (1) comment
Instead of relying on traditional tier-1 suppliers to design and make the Model S’ infotainment system, Tesla did much of the design work itself while outsourcing the production to contract manufacturing firms.
Risk-Based, Tiered Approach to 3rd Party Anti-Corruption Achieves Due Diligence
Leslie Benton  
4/15/2015   Post a comment
Electronics OEMs can potentially be held repsonsible for corrupt acts of third party business partners so corruption-focused, third party due diligence is vital.
Intel, Samsung Up, Qualcomm, Toshiba Down in Chip Vendor Ranking
Peter Clarke  
4/14/2015   Post a comment
Gartner Inc. has produced an updated top-ten chip vendor ranking for 2014 based on companies' final financial results.
Women in Manufacturing: Building a Path the Success
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/14/2015   (6) comments
A new study looks at the gender gap in the manufacturing sector--and suggests some ways of glosing that gap.
Data Drives Down Carbon in the Electronic Supply Chain
Ariella Brown  
4/14/2015   Post a comment
The only way to solve a problem is to clealry define it. Now, an industry organization is working toward gathering real data about electronics supply chain emissions.
Con Min Compliance No Easy Task, But Doable
Per Loof  
4/14/2015   Post a comment
A look at how one large capacitor maker tackled conflict minerals compliance offers lessons for the industry.
LED Luminaire Design Change May Hamper Repairability
Bill Schweber  
4/13/2015   Post a comment
Separating the AC/DC driver from the LED load in a lamp fixture brings new freedom in design, but also may greatly reduce the possibility of repairing the unit many years later.
The Dawn of the Digital Supply Chain
Logical Link  
4/13/2015   Post a comment
A variety of digital technologies are enhancing electronics manufacturing. Now, the supply chain needs processes to support these enhancements.
Channel Consolidation & Conflict: Back to the Future!
Walter Tobin  
4/13/2015   (3) comments
As much as everything changes, everything still stays the same. The fear and conflict that was once part of ordinary business in the distribution channel has begun to emerge as commonplace in the manufacturing rep community toady.
Friday Quiz: Near-Field Communications
Martin Rowe  
4/10/2015   Post a comment
NFC lets devices exchange data for short distances. Test your knowledge of its technology.
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