IPC: PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio Rises to 1.04

Bannockburn, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the January 2016 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales and orders slumped in January, but orders continued to outpace sales, bringing the book-to-bill ratio up to 1.04. Total North American PCB shipments declined 1.6 percent in January 2016 compared…

Electrocomponents: Private Label ‘Vision is Clear’

The growing popularity of own-brand products has been a powerful trend across the B2C world over the last decade and we have seen the development and marketing of own brands increase in sophistication. This same trend is now developing in the B2B market, resulting in a significant opportunity for growth. Lindsley Ruth joined Electrocomponents as…

Modular Connector Systems Reduce Costs, Lead Times

Power designers and purchasers of power connectors used in communications equipment can both benefit from modular connector systems. In many cases, these platforms offer a variety of configurations to provide more design flexibility for power designers, while lowering the cost of the bill materials (BOM) and eliminating the lead times associated with new tooling for…

IPC Joins NextFlex

Bannockburn, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has become a partner of NextFlex, America’s flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing institute, which is based in Mountain View, Calif. As part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), this new public-private partnership aims to establish America as the global leader in the flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing space.…

Midsized Manufacturers Expect to Outpace Market

Financial executives of small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturing businesses are optimistic about their growth prospects for 2016, according to research from the buying consortium PrimeAdvantage. At the same time, CFO confidence in the U.S. economy has fallen from last year with slightly more than half of executives – 54 percent — expressing optimism. This is…

Microsemi OTN Processor in Mass Production

Aliso Viejo, Calif. — Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced its DIGI-G4, the company’s latest DIGI Optical Transport Network (OTN) processor enabling the transition to 400G OTN switching solutions is available in mass production. With multiple carriers’ trials underway, Microsemi is enabling the industry to…