Gary Hilson
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Cloud, Connectivity Lay Foundation for Industry 4.0
Gary Hilson  
11/6/2017   (1) comment
Improved communication and more data from the shop floor is accelerating digital transformation in manufacturing, but a skills shortage remains an obstacle.
Are You Ready for 4D Printing?
Gary Hilson  
7/26/2017   Post a comment
4D printing is essentially a superset of 3D printing focused on advanced materials with self-healing properties that could greatly impact electronics manufacturing and the supply chain.
6 Key Issues for Manufacturers Moving to Industry 4.0
Gary Hilson  
7/19/2017   Post a comment
Enterprise digitizers that are embracing Manufacturing 4.0 with multiple proof of concepts are realizing benefits
Pragmatism Pervades Smart Factory Floor
Gary Hilson  
6/20/2017   Post a comment
The move to Industry 4.0 has led to a culture clash between operation technology and information technology. Meanwhile, Internet of Things buzzwords resonate less with manufacturers than cost savings.
ABB Taps IBM Watson to Connect Islands of Automation
Gary Hilson  
5/18/2017   (1) comment
Cognitive insights and machine learning are depending on good data and the people that configure them to solve problems on the factory floor.
7 Steps that Move Manufacturers to Industry 4.0
Gary Hilson  
4/27/2017   Post a comment
Every function and activity in manufacturing has data behind it that should be leveraged to improve processes across the organization that will help it achieve smart factory status.
Wireless Disruptor Distinguishes Itself with Supply Chain Innovation
Gary Hilson  
3/8/2017   Post a comment
Mobile virtual network operator Republic Wireless is betting that its supply chain will be the vehicle that it can use to differentiate itself in a competitive market.
Additive 3D Printing Creates Another Supply Chain Tier
Gary Hilson  
1/24/2017   Post a comment
3D printing has captured the imagination of consumers, but it’s also poised to fundamentally change the behavior of supply chains.
University Research Affirms Benefits of Eliminating Information Delays
Gary Hilson  
11/21/2016   Post a comment
There’s lots of low hanging fruit for supply chains looking to improve delivery and reduce variability, according to corporate-sponsored research conducted by the University of North Texas.
Non-Volatile Memories Morph Industry Collaboration
Gary Hilson  
9/6/2016   Post a comment
Emerging technologies benefit from early interaction with customers, particularly new paradigms such as NVMe
Arrow Accelerates Crowdfunded Internet of Things Innovation with Indiegogo
Gary Hilson  
8/25/2016   Post a comment
Projects deemed to be exceptional could qualify for supply chain and contract manufacturing services support
Canadian company collaborates with Corning to improve screen protection
Gary Hilson  
8/18/2016   Post a comment
Phantom Glass has stayed small and nurtured its own manufacturing to stay nimble and responsive to a global market
Automotive Security Resides in the Supply Chain
Gary Hilson  
8/15/2016   Post a comment
Intel and others are looking to foster collaboration to build more resilient platforms for automotive systems as hacked vehicles become a more frequent occurrence
PCB and EMS Growth Was Solid in June
Gary Hilson  
8/12/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor shipments continued to show signs of recovery, although year-on-year sales growth remains negative
Avnet Looks to Leave Behind ERP Woes, Improve Topline and Operations
Gary Hilson  
8/10/2016   Post a comment
Interim CEO Bill Amelio said the company is well positioned to address challenges, pivot where necessary, and stay on as leader
"A" Is for August and Acquisitions
Gary Hilson  
8/10/2016   Post a comment
It's been a busy summer across the supply chain and the semiconductor business for both friendly takeovers and competitive bids
Walmart Chases Amazon with E-Commerce Startup Acquisition
Gary Hilson  
8/8/2016   (1) comment
The world’s largest retailer is buying Jet.com in a bid to a larger piece of online retailer, but the startup isn’t profitable and Walmart may have too much ground to make up
More Peak Seasons Increase Supply Chain Pressures
Gary Hilson  
8/4/2016   (6) comments
The last mile remains the final frontier when it comes to squeezing out latency as delivery expectations rise
Optimal+ Expands Into Electronics Manufacturing
Gary Hilson  
8/2/2016   (2) comments
Analytics company extends capabilities to enables collection, detection and action using semiconductor-electronics ecosystem data for greater visibility into supply chains
Avnet Ups the Ante for Premier Farnell
Gary Hilson  
7/28/2016   Post a comment
The U.S. distributor has outbid Switzerland's Daetwyler Holding AG for the troubled Raspberry Pi maker
Birst Update Supports Digital Supply Chain
Gary Hilson  
7/28/2016   Post a comment
Business intelligence platform provides centralized governance
New Technology Responds to Rising Demand for Flexible Displays
Gary Hilson  
7/25/2016   (1) comment
SuPR-NaP technique enables easy and rapid production of ultrafine electronic circuits over a large-area substrate, essentially, creating a very flat yet bendable surface
Computer Vision Hardware and Software Market to Reach $48.6 Billion by 2022
Gary Hilson  
7/22/2016   (1) comment
Automotive and Consumer Markets to Surge in the Next Few Years, with Strong Growth Also Expected for Robotics and Security Applications
Supply Chains Are Plagued by Orthodoxy
Gary Hilson  
7/21/2016   Post a comment
Despite technologies that simplify systems, businesses are clinging to old rules that enforce unnecessary constraints.
Dell-EMC Names Channel Chief
Gary Hilson  
7/13/2016   Post a comment
John Byrne is aiming to combine the two organizations’ channel into one by the beginning of February next year
Ex-Lenovo CEO Takes Temporary Helm of Avnet
Gary Hilson  
7/12/2016   Post a comment
Technology distributor issues revised guidance for Q4 after sales plummet
Automotive Memory: Still a Niche Market?
Gary Hilson  
7/12/2016   Post a comment
Micron’s latest SLC NAND is aimed at embedded application uses including connected cars, but although automotive is sexy, as a memory segment it’s never going to be that large: it comes down to the volume of vehicles built every year.
USB Flash Drives Still Have (a Little) Life Left in Them
Gary Hilson  
1/29/2014   Post a comment
Pervasive WiFi and cloud services mean there's less need for USB thumb drives. They will die a slow death as users hit connectivity and online storage constraints, as well as limited drive space on tablets.
LPDDR4 Remains a Work in Progress
Gary Hilson  
12/26/2013   (1) comment
JEDEC is targeting a 2014 release for a specification that will double its speed and cut power consumption in half, and LPDDR3 has yet to fully supplant its predecessor.

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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.