IPC: Domestic PCB Market to Improve

Following four years of declining sales, the North American printed circuit board (PCB) market is expected to improve in 2015 and grow modestly through 2017, according to the IPC. The decline, which has been linked to slowing sales of rigid PCBs, has not been offset by increased demand for flexible PCBs, which has grown steadily…

Avnet Builds ‘Supply Chain of Things’

Users and consumers are beginning to see the types of gadgets that will eventually comprise the Internet of Things (IoT). What many can’t yet visualize are the unseen parts of the IoT – the software and services that ultimately are going to determine whether the IoT becomes as ubiquitous and conventional as cellular technology. “Services…

Manufacturing Index Hits 3-Year Low

The nation’s manufacturing industry in November contracted for the first time in 36 months, dragged down by declines in production, new orders and raw materials inventory.  The Institute for Supply Management‘s PMI—an index of U.S. purchasing managers – fell to 48.6 percent, a decrease of 1.5 percentage points from the October reading of 50.1 percent.…

Flex Acquires Smart Home Platform Wink

One of the more appealing aspects of the IoT is the diversity of companies that are entering the market. Pascal Fernandez, vice president of distributor Avnet Inc.’s Velocity, EMEA, recently said companies outside of the electronics industry are developing products and applications that may find their way into the IoT. Many companies already in electronics are…

U.S. Manufacturing: Mixed Bag in October

The trifecta of a strong dollar, low oil prices and concerns about China continued to dog the U.S. manufacturing market in October. The domestic industry’s leading index, the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, moved uncomfortably close to 50 — the dividing line between growth and contraction. The PMI in October measured 50.1 percent, down from…

Connectors Get Smaller, Tougher for Wearables

Wearable electronics – whether they are smart watches, smart glasses, personal health monitors, or electronics embedded in clothing – continue to be one of the biggest sectors driving demand for miniature connectors that are able to withstand the rigors of a wide range of environments. Connector suppliers have responded with parts that tolerate extremes of…

DFARS 2015: Zeitgeist or Bell Toll?

Proposed amendments to the 2012 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) could have far-reaching implications for the electronics supply chain. On the face of it, the DFARS amendments seem to favor sourcing from component vendors and authorized/franchised distributors to the detriment of the open market and/or small business contractors. The amendments appear to tighten definitions,…

Apple Tightens Grip on Electronics Supply Chain

Apple Inc. is aptly named. The iPhone maker is golden on Wall Street, venerated by fans and irresistible to enterprise partners, making it the most tempting and most sought after customer in the global electronics supply chain. Conversely, Apple can morph into a living nightmare for rivals, suppliers and contractors who defy it as some…

Mouser Enhances Medical Applications Site

October, 2015 – Mouser Electronics, Inc. today announced new enhancements to their Medical Applications site, one of Mouser’s Applications & Technologies sites. Mouser’s updated application site provides developers with the resources they need to learn about the latest advances in medical technology, and the newest products available from Mouser Electronics for selecting and building medical…

AS6496 Anti-Counterfeit Standard is Taking Root

Authorized distributors have had more than a year now to come to terms with the SAE Aerospace 6496 standard for dealing with fraudulent and counterfeit electronic components, and there appears to be growing acceptance and support for the standard, at least among U.S. companies. “Pretty much all the major North American authorized distributors have signed…