Flex Envisions AR/VR in the Future of Manufacturing

As augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) technologies come of age, manufacturers are finding ways to adopt these technologies on a variety of  fronts, including product development, training, maintenance, repair and worker safety. Flex, a $25 billion electronics design and manufacturing services (EMS) provider, envisions expanding that universe even further. AR/VR is so important to the…

Factory Index Rebounds After 5-Month Contraction

U.S. factory activity unexpectedly rebounded in January after contracting for five straight months amid a surge in new orders. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI reached 50.9 percent, an increase of 3.1 percentage points from the seasonally adjusted December reading of 47.8 percent. The improvement in the PMI likely reflects ebbing trade tensions between the…

Supply Chain Braces for Coronavirus Fallout

Global technology companies have made employees their priority as the deadly coronavirus spreads across the Chinese mainland and beyond. Late Thursday afternoon, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus a global public health emergency. Apple has restricted employee travel and closed several stores. Avnet has asked employees to work from home. Peugeot and Citroen…