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Philip Spagnoli Stoten
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What's the Scoop: More on Tariffs & Trade Wars
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
6/20/2019   Post a comment
The tariff chaos continues and everyone's speculating on how it will affect their business. We asked a couple of EMS companies to weigh in.
What's the Scoop: Mexico Tariffs & Trade Wars
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
6/7/2019   (2) comments
Following the news of tariffs on good coming from Mexico to the U.S. and the ongoing tariffs saga, we reached out to a few friends and colleagues from the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) world to find out what they and their customers think of this thorny issue.
Racecars & Printers: My Week at the Additive Manufacturers User Group
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
4/17/2019   Post a comment
I am a fan of additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. I’ve been following this sector for years, watching it develop from a hobbyist tool to a prototype solution, and now to a fully-fledged industrial technology. These developments are due, in no small part, to the companies now participating in the sector that range from small startups to large printer and consumables brands. Earlier this month, I attended the Additive Manufacturers User Group in Chicago, to see the latest and greatest from this fast-moving industry.
Supply Chain Roundtable: Better Data Drives Better Decisions
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/27/2019   Post a comment
The statement “Better data drives better decisions” may seem simple, but the analogy of “bad data in bad data out” has never been truer, or more significant. After all, we are not looking to collect data for its own sake, we are looking to collect and use data to derive better outcomes.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: Tariffs & Trade Wars
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/7/2019   (2) comments
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.
Electronics Technology Roundtable: STEM & the SMT Workforce of the Future
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/5/2019   (2) comments
We've gathered experts from IPC to talk about its initiatives in STEM education aimed at closing the skills gap in electronics manufacturing.
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.
Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: Smarter Materials Management
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
2/22/2019   Post a 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Supply Chains, Manufacturing & Tech: The Year of Adapt or Die
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
12/11/2018   (1) comment
Next month brings a slew of conferences that will lay out the biggest manufacturing, supply chain and technology trends. These events point to some understanding about where the industry will go this year.
The Race Is On: Trade Wars, AI Leadership & 5G
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
8/20/2018   (3) comments
AI is the newest battlefront for the race to domination. Unfortunately, tariffs and trade wars have to be factored into the equation.
What's the Scoop: Blockchain & the Supply Chain
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
4/12/2018   Post a comment
There's a lot of hype around block chain. We decided to talk to some industry leaders to sort out what's real and what's wishful thinking when it comes to the promise of blockchain in the supply chain.
Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & Actionable Data
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
4/10/2018   Post a comment
Data, data everywhere. It’s like water, if it’s not fit for consumption it’s no good to anyone. A focus on collecting data doesn’t serve us well, unless of course you’re selling data storage solution. What the industry needs to move from information to intelligence, is actionable data that improves and accelerates decision making. Better decision, made faster.
Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & Cyber Physical Systems
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
4/3/2018   Post a comment
This discussion and debate around cyber physical systems consider how groups of machines, and therefore groups of vendors and their software systems, can work together to deliver enhanced value in the smart factory.
Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & Eco Design
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/29/2018   (3) comments
Getting the design of the supply chain right at the start is key to success as is communications and collaboration up and down that supply chain.
Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & Mexico Manufacturing
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/27/2018   Post a comment
Competitive labor costs and proximity to the world’s largest consumer market make Mexico an excellent location to manufacture electronics and other goods.
Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & Collaborate, Connect
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/20/2018   (1) comment
We gathered a few industry luminaries discuss the Industry 4.0 projects they have been working on together, to find out the process, and the deliverables in terms of customer value of these strong connections and collaborative efforts.
Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & the Future of E-Textiles
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/15/2018   Post a comment
E-textiles are coming into their own so we talk to industry experts about the potential of this nascent market.
Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & the STEM Workforce of the Future
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/13/2018   Post a comment
A big talent gap in both high tech and supply chain demand that we, as an industry, figure out ways to get students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)0-related job.
Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & Digital Building Blocks
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/8/2018   Post a comment
A handful of industry execs talk about the technology building blocks being leveraged by high-tech OEMs to achieve smart factory or industry 4.0 solutions.
Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & a Connected Factory Standard
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/6/2018   (3) comments
At the Apex Expo 2018, it was clear that the industry has a lot of energy around creating a smart factory standard. We sat down with some of the industry professionals leading the charge to find out more.
Politics & Manufacturing: A Guide to Unraveling the Issues
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
2/20/2018   (2) comments
New legislation in Europe, an election in the United States, or a policy by China all impact the day to day business of the electronics industry. Let us count the ways...
What's the Scoop: Artificial Intelligence in the Smart Factory
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
2/14/2018   (6) comments
AI will be finding its way into smart factory solutions this year.We decided to ask the experts to find out how much progress we can expect once we unleash the power of this game changing technology.
Data Rocks at CES: 10 Things You Missed if You Didn't Attend
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
1/15/2018   Post a comment
Supply chain pros have been talking about artificial intelligence, virtual reality, 5G and other technologies for awhile. Now, at CES, they are hitting prime time.
Just Like Being There: Productronica 2017 & Artificial Intelligence
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
12/19/2017   Post a comment
Data for data's sake achieves nothing, but AI may be just what's needed to help the manufacturing industry reach smart factory nirvana.
Just Like Being There: Productronica 2017& Layers of Software
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
12/12/2017   Post a comment
To bring the concept of smart factories to reality, actionable data is the most critical ingredient. Implementing the right supply chain and manufacturing software and hooking it all together properly is the only way forward.
Just Like Being There: Productronica 2017 & Cyber Physical Systems
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
12/7/2017   Post a comment
Cyber physical systems underpin and support Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory initiatives. We sat down with a panel of industry executives at Producxtronica to explore the trend.
Just Like Being There: Productronica 2017 & Combatting Counterfeiters
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
12/5/2017   Post a comment
Counterfeit electronics create more than a financial challenge to electronics manufacturers. It's alos an issue of safety. We asked industry experts what can be done.
Just Like Being There: Productronica 2017 & SMT in the Augmented Age
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
11/30/2017   Post a comment
Virtual reality toolsare finding their way on to the surface mount technology (SMT) line with companies using them to show what is happening inside machines and support diagnosis and maintenance from afar.
Just Like Being There: Productronica 2017, Electronic Manufacturing & the Digital Twin
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
11/28/2017   Post a comment
Digital twin....manufacturers need to know what it is and how it will impact the supply chain.
Just Like Being There: Productronica 2017 & Coexisting with Cobots
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
11/23/2017   (1) comment
Robotics and automation are clearly a major part of our future, but humans will have to learn to work together with machines.
Just Like Being There: Productronica 2017 & EMS Growth Drivers
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
11/21/2017   (2) comments
At Productronica, the topic of sustaining and driving growth in the electronic manufacturing services industry had everyone talking.
Just Like Being There: SMTAi 2017 & Women in Technology
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
10/19/2017   Post a comment
We sat down with some industry experts to explore some of the positive developments for women in technology and talked about what can be done to improve things further.
Just Like Being There: SMTAi 2017 & AI Puts the Smart into Smart Factory
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
10/17/2017   Post a comment
Is AI what the fourth industrial revolution, or IIoT, needs to reach its full potential and deliver manufacturing solutions that learn, schedule production and get us closer to smart factory nirvana?
Just Like Being There: SMTAi 2017 & Smart Supply Chain
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
10/12/2017   Post a comment
We sat down with some industry experts to explore some of the supply chain developments coming from the application of smart factory principles and AI.
Just Like Being There: SMTAi 2017 & What’s Driving Automotive Electronics?
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
10/10/2017   Post a comment
A quick chat with some industry experts highlights some of the changes that are happening in the design and supply chain of the automotive industry.
Smart Factory Strategy Becomes Table Stakes for OEMs
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
8/15/2017   (8) comments
If you haven’t then it’s time to learn more about what many refer to as the fourth industrial revolution.
Putting IoM Innovation to Work at APEX
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/21/2017   Post a comment
The world’s electronics manufacturing industry gathered in San Diego, Calif., to share the latest trends in IoM and operation innovation.
Bringing German Engineering to Silicon Valley
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
8/23/2016   Post a comment
German engineering and a fanatical approach to systems and quality are just what Silicon Valley needs to provide the perfect mix of exciting innovation and successful fulfillment.
Some of My Best Friends are Engineers
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/22/2016   Post a comment
In the wake of National Engineers Week, which gave us days of inspirational quotes about, and from, those involved in engineering, let's give thanks for the work of engineers.




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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.