25 Suppliers Winning the Resiliency Game

For any procurement department worth its salt, finding the right suppliers goes well beyond the question of pricing and quantity and enters into looking at how the selection of one supplier over another changes the organization’s risk profile. The Resilinc R Score is working to help streamline the process of making those determinations. The ranking…

NAND Flash Prices Drop Again; Capacity Plans Could Lead to Oversupply

Contract prices of NAND flash products have decreased in the first two quarters of 2018 due to the traditional off-season, and capacity expansion of 64/72-layer 3D NAND flash, according to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. Further price declines are expected in the third quarter (Q3), although a bit moderated, until the fourth quarter (Q4), when steeper…

Micron. memory, DRAM

Will China’s Micron Ruling Impact the Supply Chain?

DRAM supply and demand is so volatile that memory production, prices and availability are often measured separately from other semiconductor products. The electronics industry is currently in the midst of shortages of many critical components. An injunction, which has halted U.S.memory manufacturer Micron Technology from producing certain DRAM and SSD products in China, may press an…

electronics, components, tariffs

Tariff & Supply Anxiety Increase Even as Manufacturing Grows

U.S. manufacturing activity accelerated in June—but so did anxieties around electronic component shortages and tariffs. The Institution for Supply Management’s leading production index, the PMI, increased by 1.5 percent in June to 60.2. However, electronic component constraints are being felt across multiple manufacturing sectors. “Electronic component supply issues continue to disrupt production,” a transportation industry…

EDI, trade platform

TrueCommerce Levels the EDI Playing Field For Small Businesses

Electronic data interchange (EDI) has been a staple of the electronics supply chain for decades. EDI links are used between component makers, distributors and end-customers to share data crucial to managing the supply chain—price, orders, lead times, availability, transaction records, replenishment signals and more. Historically, though, these links have been customized, meaning partners essentially had…

chip industry, trade war, tariffs, U.S., China

Chip Industry Holds Its Breath as Trade War Heats Up

Semiconductor industry analysts and market watchers expressed concern after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would impose 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods, including many products in the semiconductor supply chain. U.S. chip firms and their suppliers largely oppose the tariffs and the escalation of a trade war between the world’s…

sensors

How Sensors Are Moving Materials Handling Toward Safe Automation, Part 2

This is the second article in a two-part series The Industry 4.0 revolution is enabling new levels of automation, including a new generation of sensors-rich automated guided vehicles (AGVs) for use in the first wave of smart manufacturing and distribution facilities. This revolution also requires new ways of thinking across all aspects of materials handling, especially…

Electronics Counterfeiters Capitalize on Component Shortages

Every dark cloud has a silver lining. Unfortunately, the real beneficiaries of the current long-term and lasting component shortages are counterfeiters. “Current estimates for the annual loss to the electronics industry due to counterfeit components is north of $5 billion,” said Creative Electron CEO Bill Cardoso in an article on EPSNews sister publication EBN.  “With…

How Sensors Are Moving Materials Handling Toward Safe Automation

This is the first article in a two-part series The Industry 4.0 revolution is enabling new levels of automation, including a new generation of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) for use in the first wave of smart manufacturing and distribution facilities. This revolution also requires new ways of thinking across all aspects of materials handling, especially when…