EBN@C-Level: Stress Test Procurement, Logistics, & Operations for Business Betterment

In Q4 2017, manufacturers’ optimism rose to unprecedented heights amid the legislative progress made on tax reform, according to the results of the Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey conducted by The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Steven J. Bowen The recent changes to the tax code will likely impact manufacturers, who may not be ready to respond to increased…

Embedded Device Maker Adds Real-World Additive Manufacturing

The supply chain is abuzz with discussion of disruptive technologies in manufacturing, from artificial intelligence to 3D printing. However, until recently, real-world examples have been sparse. Now, however, at least some technologies are hitting adoption in more visible ways. Phytec, a global maker of microprocessor-based solutions for industrial embedded devices, announced, for example, that it…

Strategic Sourcing & Procurement Shows OEMs Critically Unprepared, But Why?

New data reveals that manufacturers are critically unprepared for strategic sourcing and procurement, according to AI advisor for strategic sourcing, LevaData. The company recently released the results of its 2017 Cognitive Sourcing Survey on data-drive procurement capabilities by medium to large manufacturing firms, including those in high tech, consumer goods, industrial equipment, automotive, and life…

Nurturing the Next-Gen STEM Workforce: Cricket Media & IEEE Collaborate on TryEngineering

With a goal to develop a powerful science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce for the future, education company, Cricket Media, and IEEE teamed up to create TryEngineering Together, an eMentorship platform based on developing technological skills. The unique program gives companies a resource to mobilize their employees as volunteers to educate the next generation…

Business Continuity Builds Supply Chain Resilience

Today and in recent years, organizations have increasingly focused on business continuity plans, arrangements, and exercises. At least, nearly three-quarters of organizations reported having business continuity strategies related to supply chain management, according to a report published by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), supported by Zurich Insurance Group . Business continuity remains essential in building…

Contract Manufacturers Use Cloud MES to Bring Industry 4.0 to Reality

The high-tech industry talks a lot about new technologies and how they will transform manufacturing and the supply chain. Until recently, though, we’ve had few real-world case studies that highlight the potential of cloud, additive manufacturing, automation, and more.  Electronics manufacturing services provider Sanmina, though, is putting cloud-based manufacturing execution systems to the test in…