Li-ion, batteries

3 Ways New Li-Ion Transit Rules Impact Small Device Builders

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) is the most commonly used rechargeable battery type in small consumer electronics today. But as demands for smaller devices continue to grow, so does the awareness around the shortcomings of this popular chemistry—namely its propensity to catch fire. Li-ion batteries are classified as hazardous. And as such, stringent regulations regarding their handling and…

The Trouble With Extroverted Execs (and the Upside of Introversion)

Extroverts command attention. They inspire confidence and always make a great first impression. That’s part of why ‘extrovert’ and ‘executive’ have become almost synonymous. There’s no denying that extroverts excel at winning over stakeholders. Recent research suggests, however, that charismatic, energetic extroverts might not always excel at driving results. A new study identifies a link…

electronics, components, storage, Partstat

The Evolving Definition of Long-Term Electronic Component Storage

In some industries, most notably healthcare and aerospace, the need for secure, climate-controlled, long-term inventory storage facilities needs no explanation. A typical Boeing 747, for example, will endure approximately 35,000 depressurization cycles — roughly 30 years’ worth of flights — before decommission, while an MRI machine can be continually upgraded and repaired to last as…

Direct vs. Indirect Supplier Management: A Closer Look

Back in the day, when factories served as the templates for developing business processes, the distinction between direct and indirect procurement spending was pretty straightforward: direct spend was focused on the things that went into your product – raw materials, components, subcontracted manufacturing services, and so on. Indirect spend, which some have leeringly referred to…