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Manufacturing
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When to Use an In-House Calculation Engine for Supply Chain Planning
Mike Neunfinger  
10/22/2018   Post a comment
Take a look at best practices and some considerations of when to invest in an in-house engine before you make a choice.
25 Best Undergrad Supply Chain University Programs
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/18/2018   Post a comment
Gartner compiled a list of the best and brightest programs for undergraduate supply chain studies.
Automate Accounts Receivable to Pay Faster & Make Customers Happy
Steve Smith  
10/17/2018   Post a comment
The electronics industry is all about getting paid, but the accounts payable process is complex. Automation avoids a lot of the headaches.
Why Inbound Marketing Is a Better Supply Chain Strategy Than Outbound
Frank Cavallaro  
10/16/2018   Post a comment
An inbound marketing strategy is better than outbound marketing for supply chain companies.
Unlock IIoT Value Through Service Assurance in Manufacturing Plants
Eileen Haggerty  
10/15/2018   Post a comment
With manufacturing so heavily reliant on IT service delivery, and the coordination of the entire process from production through sales and service to billing, it’s crucial that the availability of these services is assured through IIoT.
Digital Authentication Fights Counterfeiting
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/12/2018   (1) comment
Emerging technologies such as digital authentication are creating tools that are up to the task of safeguarding against fraudsters hoping to cash in with counterfeit components.
Master Electronics Offers OEMs Tariff Relief
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/11/2018   Post a comment
Distributor Master Electronics is trying to address the tariff challenge facing OEMs a little differently: Master has made itself a self-described tariff free zone.
Setting Up for Success: 4 Vital Metrics for Digital Transformation
Earl van As  
10/10/2018   (2) comments
Digitization requires businesses to pre-empt disruption and build transformation into their business model using good metrics in order to stay ahead.
OEMs Should Care: Looking at Aftermarket Engagement
Vivek Joshi  
10/9/2018   Post a comment
OEMs can boost revenues in big ways by generating continuing business after a customer makes a purchase.
Shortages & Price Hikes Leave Supply Chain in Disarray
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/8/2018   Post a comment
Despite expansion in the electronics industry, the headwinds of tariffs, component shortages and price hikes, are leaving the supply chain in disarray.
DMG Blockchain to Develop Blockchain Solutions for Global Supply Chain Management
EBN Newswire  
10/5/2018   Post a comment
Blockchain-Enabled Supply Chains Will Enforce Compliance, Provenance, and Quality Control for Regulated Products Including Pharmaceuticals
ACSM Awarded Grant to Help Improve Public Health Supply Chains in Africa
EBN Newswire  
10/5/2018   Post a comment
ASCM to receive Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to increase access to medical supplies in underserved communities
IoT of Octoberfest: Beer Company Toasts Blockchain Technology in Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/5/2018   Post a comment
A small brewing company can teach electronics OEMs a lesson about blockchain.
The Benefits of Environment-Controlled Logistics for Product Integrity
Paul Washicko  
10/4/2018   Post a comment
All transportation modes present environmental risks to shipments and the electronics industry is particular prone to this type of damage. Here's how technology can help.
ECIA Reorganization Better Serves Unique Needs of Three Constituents
EBN Newswire  
10/3/2018   Post a comment
The Electronic Component Industry Association (ECIA) announces a structural reorganization reflecting input from a series of interviews and an extensive member survey.
How OEMs Can Regain Control of Their Cash Conversion Cycle
Dennis Menefee  
10/3/2018   Post a comment
In a market defined by ever-extending payment terms, OEMs need to concentrate on where their cash conversion cycle can be crunched the most to save working capital.
Augmented Reality Enables Next-Level Supply Chain Visualization
Mark Morley  
10/2/2018   Post a comment
Today IoT, AI, drones, 3D printing, blockchain, and augmented reality (AR) are all jostling for the attention of CIO budgets. Let’s see how augmented reality could impact tomorrow’s supply chains.
6 Ways Automation Solutions Streamline Electronics Supply Chains
Steve Smith  
10/1/2018   Post a comment
Automation solutions essentially streamline supply chain operations, making them more efficient, faster, and less costly.
4 Factors to Consider When Optimizing the Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/28/2018   Post a comment
Organizations can must implement strategic, innovative and customer-centric models to compete in today’s global market. This infographic shows the path forward.
Catch the Boon of the WMS Domino Effect
Eric Allais  
9/27/2018   Post a comment
A WMS can have a positive ripple effect over an entire organization, from human resources to the C-suite. It’s time to make the domino effect work for your organization.
EBN@C-Level: Fitbit Leverages Supply Chain to Make Everyone Healthier
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/26/2018   Post a comment
We sat down with Kevin Purser, head of global supply chain sourcing & procurement at Fitbit to find out about the company’s supply chain strategy.
The Perils of Poor Accounting Information
Raef Lawson  
9/25/2018   Post a comment
Tremendous changes have taken place in the business environment during the past fifty years. Meanwhile, the managerial costing practices followed by many organizations today are little different than they were fifty years ago.
Climate & Supply Chain: Risk Versus Reward
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/21/2018   Post a comment
Climate change should top the list of concerns for global electronics OEMs.
Understand Supply Chain History or Be Doomed to Repeated Shortages
Barbara Jorgensen  
9/19/2018   Post a comment
The electronics supply chain has learned a lot since 2001, but somehow it ended up with another supply imbalance.
Barcoding, Inc. Acquires Danforth Systems, LLC to Increase Southwest U.S. Presence & Expand RFID Capabilities
EBN Newswire  
9/18/2018   (3) comments
The purchasing of the Houston-based mobile solutions provider enhances the leading systems integrator’s service offerings and customer support
Tacton Opens in Japan to Meet Demand Amid Industry 4.0 Revolution
EBN Newswire  
9/18/2018   (1) comment
Tacton announced the establishment of a new office in Tokyo this month.
What Does Automation Mean for Supply Chain Marketing & Sales?
Frank Cavallaro  
9/18/2018   (6) comments
Automation can benefit sales and marketing for supply chain and logistics industries, driving efficiencies and increasing leads.
Keeping it All Running with IIoT: Visibility, Control, & Agility for Manufacturing
Srivats Ramaswami  
9/13/2018   (1) comment
The convergence of IIoT with advanced analytics, big data capabilities, and emerging technologies has opened a world of innovation, automation, and optimization opportunities for manufacturers worldwide.
ERA Introduces Jeff Shafer of J.D. Shafer Consulting Inc. as its Latest Expert Access Consultant
EBN Newswire  
9/12/2018   (2) comments
The Electronics Representatives Association (ERA) announced that it has added a new industry consultant, Jeff Shafer, to its Expert Access member program.
EBN@C-Level: Industry Veteran Offers Snapshot of High-Tech Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/12/2018   (3) comments
We sat down with Akhil Oltikar, co-founder and CEO of Omnics, which makes supply chain planning solutions, to talk about the ins and outs of the shifting supply chain landscape.
Blockchain & the Big Supply Chain Infrastructure Puzzle
Pratik Soni  
9/11/2018   (3) comments
Blockchain presents a radical, new way to tie everything in the global electronics supply chain together.
Vishay Intertechnology Diversifies as End-Markets Expand
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/10/2018   (1) comment
Known for specialized components, Vishay is enjoying the opportunity to sell to a broader audience in the face of demand that is outstripping supply.
OnRobot Launches Quick Changer, the Industry's Lightest, Most Compact Robotics Tool Changer
EBN Newswire  
9/7/2018   Post a comment
With Quick Changer, any operator can change the end-of-arm tooling on collaborative robots in a few seconds. Introduced next week at IMTS in Chicago, the new 200 g (7 oz.) tool changer is fully compliant with the ISO 9409-1 robot flange standard.
GM Secures Supplier Ecosystem with Coding Standards
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/7/2018   Post a comment
GM is setting software standards for its suppliers in hopes of maximizing safety.
Electronics Leads U.S. Manufacturing's Hot Streak
Barbara Jorgensen  
9/6/2018   Post a comment
The PMI is on the rise indicating a surge among U.S. manufacturers in the United States.
California Prop 65 Update Potentially Impacts Electronics Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/5/2018   (6) comments
California's Prop 65 update should have electronics companies working or selling in the state to think about what they are putting in their products.
How One Supply Chain Company Ensures Employee Loyalty
Chad Eudy  
9/3/2018   (4) comments
The job market is competitive, so you must connect with your employees early and often or they will be gone. Here's some ways to make that happen.
Global Semiconductor Sales Increase 14.9 Percent Year-to-Year in August
Latest Research  
9/2/2018   Post a comment
Global industry posts highest-ever monthly sales; year-to-year growth seen across all major semiconductor product categories and regional markets
Employees Mostly Happy, Labor Day Survey Finds
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/31/2018   Post a comment
Is there such a thing as Labor Day resolutions? High-tech leaders should commit to retaining good hires and increasing their job satisfaction.
5 Market Disruptions Transforming Manufacturing
Gary Brooks  
8/30/2018   (1) comment
Manufacturers are seeing a shift towards servitization, or selling outcomes as opposed to strictly selling products, a reality that is stretching the traditional supply chain to reach the end customer experience.
Why Crowd Funded Hardware Projects Fail
Thomas Smiley  
8/29/2018   Post a comment
There are at least five common mistakes that block a great crowdsourced hardware product fail to move from idea to real.
Exploding the Myth of the Simple Digital Twin
Luc Janssen  
8/28/2018   Post a comment
We've been talking about digital twins for awhile now. However, the newest applications and capabilities are changing the definition completely.
TSMC WannaCry Infection Forces Shutdowns, Financial Losses
Christopher Morales  
8/27/2018   Post a comment
The recent TSMC virus disaster highlights the keen challenges of the modern manufacturing supply chain.
China Reminds Us What Makes America Great
Puga Sankara  
8/24/2018   (1) comment
China is pretty impressive, but it made me think about what makes America great...something that the manufacturing industry should not forget.
Chasing the Purple Unicorn: Attracting Supply Chain Superstars
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/24/2018   (1) comment
Supply chain and procurement roles have a lot to offer recent grads, but organizations need to market the opportunities and make good choices.
Securing the Machine-Connected Supply Chain
Mark Morley  
8/23/2018   (2) comments
Production robots are becoming more complex, intelligent and self-aware by the day. Now is the time that connected security is becoming more critical than ever before.
Supply Chain & Cybersecurity: Hackers Take Aim
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/22/2018   (1) comment
Global electronic manufacturers are at greater risk than ever before and may be at the top of the hit list for many cyber-criminals, espionage and hacktivist groups looking for an opportunity to disrupt key business activities, steal intellectual property (IP) and achieve monetary, strategic and political gain.
Mitigate Direct Materials Risk in an Uncertain Market
Vishal Patel  
8/21/2018   Post a comment
The breadth of direct materials risks is broad. Here's a look at what OEMs need to be thinking about.
The Race Is On: Trade Wars, AI Leadership & 5G
Philip Stoten  
8/20/2018   (1) comment
AI is the newest battlefront for the race to domination. Unfortunately, tariffs and trade wars have to be factored into the equation.
EBN@C-Level: SAP Ariba President Speaks to the Evolution of Strategic Procurement
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/17/2018   (2) comments
We sat down with Barry Padgett, president of SAP Ariba to find out a little more about his company and ask about the most exciting trends in the procurement software market.
Risky Business
EBN Poll  
8/16/2018   (24) comments
Is risk on your radar?
Summer School for Buyers: Mobile OLED Displays
YJ Kim  
8/16/2018   (1) comment
OLED displays are becoming increasingly commonplace, representing a market with huge upside potential.
3 Digital Transformation Trends Driving Long-Term Organic Growth
Vivek Joshi  
8/15/2018   (1) comment
Moving past productivity-focused initiatives, industrial manufacturing leaders are now looking to improve three key areas of their sales, service and aftermarket operations through digital transformation: efficiency, customer satisfaction, and profitability.
Event Will Address the State of Manufacturing in MN and What's New in IoT Market
EBN Newswire  
8/14/2018   (1) comment
The ECIA 2018 Regional Series arrives in the Minneapolis area on Tuesday, October 2.
Team Effort Makes Digital Transformation Real
Steve Smith  
8/14/2018   Post a comment
Advanced companies are going to embrace the technology innovations that enable them to digitize their entire operations. But to get there, everyone has to get on board.
Tap into the Promise of Brazil's e-Commerce Opportunity
Nadir Moreno  
8/13/2018   Post a comment
Brazil offers a huge opportunity for electronics OEMs, offering skyrocketing e-commerce sales.
Electronic Shortages Bad & Getting Worse
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/10/2018   (2) comments
Everything from capacitors to hard disk drives is in short supply. There’s no end in sight.
Summer School for Buyers: Technical Evolution of OLED DDIC
YJ Kim  
8/9/2018   (1) comment
OLED displays are becoming commonplace, particularly in smart phones. In order to understand where the technology is going, it's helpful to understand its history.
GrandCanals Upgrades Fulfillment & Delivery Platform with Real-Time Capabilities
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/8/2018   (1) comment
Version 4.0 of GrandCanals Fulfillment Intelligence Cloud adds real time carrier delivery performance monitoring and alerts and tracking for customer deliveries to allow organizations to improve the customer experience and build loyalty through better visibility and proactive communication.
How Blockchain Will Revolutionize Supply Chain Management
Ken Gibson  
8/8/2018   (2) comments
With blockchain technology, hundreds if not thousands of computers can the supply chain management dream of timeliness and flexibility to reality.
Blogging Adds Value to a Supply Chain Company
Frank Cavallaro  
8/7/2018   (1) comment
A company blog hosted on a website offers supply chain companies a long-lasting social media resource to attract customers on the B2B buying journey.
Make U.S. High-Tech Manufacturing Tempting
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/3/2018   (1) comment
Manufacturing Day is just around the corner. It's time to think about raising the profile of high-tech electronics manufacturing in the United States.
Graduates Look to Tech Disruptors for Opportunity
Puga Sankara  
8/3/2018   Post a comment
New companies and new graduates can be a winning combination. Here's how to make the pairing work.
Develop a Proactive Plan for Tight Supply Situations
Mike Neunfinger  
8/2/2018   (1) comment
The global supply chain finds itself under perpetually shifting needs. When product supply is tight, decision makers must be prepared to quickly make assessments and re-route resources.
Summer School for Buyers: OLED DDIC
YJ Kim  
8/2/2018   (1) comment
This week, in week two of our four-week summer school for buyers, we’ll have a primer on the drivers used with OLED displays.
4 Best Practices to Drive Double-Digit OEM Growth
Vivek Joshi  
8/1/2018   (1) comment
Here are the four best practices to overall help service sales, marketing, and manufacturing leaders drive double digit growth in 2018.
6 Benefits of Emerging Technologies in the Modern Supply Chain
Jon Chorley  
7/31/2018   (1) comment
Companies may not have a full understanding of just how these technologies could benefit their businesses – especially when it comes to their supply chain.
Component Counterfeits Down, But Is It a Trend?
Barbara Jorgensen  
7/31/2018   Post a comment
Component counterfeiting is down thanks to efforts by independent distributors in the channel. Whether this is a trend or a blip remains to be seen.
Electronics Reshoring Makes a U-Turn in 2017
Barbara Jorgensen  
7/30/2018   (1) comment
In the wake of a U.S. presidential election that paid a lot of attention to manufacturing, job losses and China as well as shifting tariff laws, reshoring of manufacturing to the United States is on the decline.
Technology & Finance Leaders Tackle Mass Capitalism
Satinder Singh  
7/27/2018   Post a comment
Some interesting thoughts came out of a recent Mass Capitalism Forum. Here we've captured the thoughts of the keynote speakers.
Tracing Supply Chain System Evolution
Puga Sankara  
7/27/2018   Post a comment
It’s important to remember that not all distributions run the same version of software or even the same programs.
International Power Supply-on-Chip (PwrSoC) Workshop in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Oct. 17-19, 2018: Registration Now Open
EBN Newswire  
7/25/2018   Post a comment
Uniquely spotlights technology and manufacturing advancement of miniaturization and integration of power conversion and power management solutions.
Venture Research Creates Next Generation RFID & IoT Forklift Reader for the Most Demanding Warehouse & Logistics Applications
EBN Newswire  
7/25/2018   Post a comment
The intelligent Forklift RFID Reader can autonomously manage a pick, drop, stack and move operation using an array of RFID and IoT sensors.
Cloud SCM Brings China SMEs Opportunity
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/25/2018   Post a comment
China, a key geography for high-tech and electronics, is slowly but surely adopting supply chain management technology. Now, emerging standards, government incentives, and customer demands are coming together to speed adoption.
Early Payment Discounts & the e-Invoicing Solution
Roger Hatfield  
7/25/2018   Post a comment
Why are so few organizations taking advantage of e-invoicing to manage their supplier payments? And what lessons can we learn from their mistakes?
Put Your Dock on the Clock
Matt Shearon  
7/24/2018   (1) comment
Hours of Service regulations should be shaping your dock, yard, and delivery management. Here’s why.
Utilize Unstructured Data to Pursue Business Growth
Earl van As  
7/23/2018   Post a comment
By utilizing both structured and unstructured data, organizations can unlock valuable insights into customer purchasing patterns promote operational efficiencies in the supply chain, and capture a competitive advantage.
Indian Engineers Face Corporate Learning Challenges
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/20/2018   Post a comment
The IET conducted a survey targeting the large and mid-sized organizations in India to understand skilling priorities.
LevaData Launches Maturity Assessment to Empower Sourcing Professionals Facing Increased Supply Chain Disruption
EBN Newswire  
7/19/2018   Post a comment
Assessment provides an AI-augmented roadmap for enterprise teams to increase agility and achieve best-in-class processes
25 Most Resilient High-Tech Supply Chains
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/19/2018   Post a comment
Particularly in the high-tech space, with its inherent volatility and global reach, resiliency is a key component of success. Here are the companies that are leading the charge in resiliency efforts.
Semi Content in Electronic Systems Forecast to Reach 31.4% in 2018
Latest Research  
7/18/2018   (1) comment
Semi content to surpass 30% this year, smashing the previous record high set just last year.
Ambassador Hillman's Defence Of Supply Management Is Unacceptable
EBN Newswire  
7/18/2018   Post a comment
Yesterday, Canadian Deputy Ambassador to the United States Kirsten Hillman stated that the request that Canada dismantle supply management in NAFTA renegotiations is "unacceptable".
Trump Tariffs: 3 Things Manufacturers Need to Know
Gary Brooks  
7/18/2018   (1) comment
As the details of tariffs continue to unfold, manufacturers should consider these following changes and the impact it could have on their performance.
Why the Supply Chain Needs Social Media
Frank Cavallaro  
7/17/2018   (2) comments
Social media benefits the supply chain by offering platforms for enhanced communication and customer engagement, education, and social monitoring to gain market intelligence.
Industry Veteran Joins Creative Electron
EBN Newswire  
7/16/2018   Post a comment
Creative Electron announced that David Kruidhof joined the company as Sales Manager.
Component Shortages Give OEMs Cold Feet on Inventory Commitments
Dennis Menefee  
7/16/2018   Post a comment
OEMs struggling against the current component shortage should strive to adopt a new inventory procurement model that prioritizes high-volume, low-order purchases.
Automotive Advances Offer Big Win for Electronic Component Makers
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/13/2018   Post a comment
As cars incorporate more sophisticated features, electronic component makers are the happy winners as demand for components rises.
It's Time We Talked About Real Supply Chain Visibility
Grant Sernick  
7/12/2018   Post a comment
If we're going to get past the problem of visibility being just a buzz word, we have to shoot for the highest level of visibility in the supply chain possible. Let's talk about the five visibility levels we have now.
Assuring the Internet of Things in Manufacturing
Eileen Haggerty  
7/11/2018   (1) comment
IoT has been a major leap forward for manufacturers, helping them to address challenges around complex processes and deeply integrated supply chains. I
The Industrial Internet Consortium Announces the Smart Printing Factory Testbed
EBN Newswire  
7/6/2018   Post a comment
IIC testbed automates print production and predictive maintenance
The Power of Music in Supply Chain
Puga Sankara  
7/6/2018   (2) comments
Music goes beyond language...and it might even increase productivity in the supply chain.
Supply Chain Facing Supply, Tariff & Transportation Challenges
Barbara Jorgensen  
7/5/2018   Post a comment
U.S. manufacturing is growing robustly, but the picture isn't all rosy. Often, these companies are not able to get enough electronic components, some raw materials, and now, transportation to meet demand.
5 Ways a Sustainable Supply Chain Wins the Market
John Heffernan  
7/3/2018   Post a comment
The supply chain is an optimal place for brands to start sustainability efforts to win customer loyalty.
Nikon Metrology Delivers 1,000th 160 kV X-ray Source for e+Electronics Inspection systems
EBN Newswire  
6/29/2018   (1) comment
Since the manufacture of X-ray inspection machines began at Nikon Metrology's Tring, UK factory in 1987, 1,000 Xi sources with an internal X-ray generator have been designed, produced and integrated into the company's XT V systems.
Polyimide Labels Survive Extreme High Temperatures
EBN Newswire  
6/29/2018   Post a comment
T1K, T2K and TSK labels from TE Connectivity ideal for manufacturers to identify electronic assemblies and printed circuit boards
Image Enable Your Supply Chain, Block Chain Enable Your Images
Puga Sankara  
6/29/2018   Post a comment
Block chain is the next evolution in the history of technologies that have allowed collaboration and transparency in the supply chain.
Mouser Grows Line Card, Adds 25 New Suppliers in First Half of 2018
EBN Newswire  
6/28/2018   Post a comment
Mouser has added more than 25 new suppliers YTD to its already vast line card of over 700 suppliers.
What's Happened & What's Still to Come for Supply Chain & Logistics in 2018
Dan Clark  
6/28/2018   (1) comment
New regulations, a lack of drivers and the needs of digital-age consumers will cut into shippers’ bottom lines if not addressed. In order to combat these challenges, shippers must leverage technology to streamline their logistics operations.
Procurement: A Game Changer for Modern Product Launches
Vishal Patel  
6/27/2018   (5) comments
Smart procurement, sourcing, and supply chain management can show up as big opportunities to optimize quality, speed, control, and cost in new product introductions.




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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.