manufacturing, AI, factory, production

U.S. Production Rebounds; Lead-Time Concerns Linger

After a significant cool down last month, the U.S. manufacturing industry bounced back in November with growth in new orders, production and employment. Overall, U.S. production has been expanding for 27 consecutive months, although manufacturers tapped the brakes in October. The nation’s leading production index, the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, increased 1.6 percentage points…


Get to the Top-Tier of IoT Security

Even as the Internet of Things (IoT) makes major shifts in the world of both consumer and industrial electronics, it opens a door to soaring security threats.  Electronics OEMs must safeguard both the manufacturing lines where they build connected products as well as the products they are making. Today, there are nearly three devices attached…


Heilind Stocks Amphenol Industrial ePower Connectors

Heilind Electronics, a leading global distributor of electronic components and authorized distributor for Amphenol Industrial Operations, is now stocking the manufacturer’s ePower series of connectors. Featuring IP67-level sealing, these environmental connectors are designed for hybrid electric vehicles and other demanding electrical systems. ePower connectors incorporate RADSOK® technology for higher amperage, lower T-rise, less resistance and…


Supply Chain Hungry for Legal Tool Innovation

Technology changes quickly. Other fields, such as legal and finance, are comparatively slow to evolve. (A friend’s daughter recently told me she chose the finance discipline for that reason: to avoid having to constantly learn new technologies.) Changes do come though, especially as organizations move to keep up with financial reporting requirements.   At the…


Arrive Logistics Opens Third U.S. Office

Arrive Logistics, a technology-enabled transportation service provider who serves shipper and carrier partners to deliver first-class brokerage and transportation management services, is opening a third office in Chattanooga, Tenn. to accommodate its explosive growth and capitalize on the region’s significant freight market through world-class operations.  In addition to the corporate headquarters in Austin, Texas, the…


electric vehicles, battery technology

Electric Vehicles and the Search for a Better Battery

Elon Musk has proven to be one of the investment community’s most controversial CEOs. But since the days of Lee Iacocca, no automaker has garnered as much adulation as Tesla, not only from car owners and car buyers, but also from engineers in the automotive industry. Unequivocally, rival carmakers envy Tesla’s foresight in bringing over-the-air…


Fitbit Versa

Fitbit’s Supply Chain Strategy Leverages Cognitive Sourcing to Manage Costs

At a recent Cognitive Sourcing Summit, hosted by LevaData, EBN sat down with Kevin Purser, head of global supply chain sourcing & procurement at Fitbit to find out about the company’s supply chain strategy.  Purser joined the company in 2015, having worked in senior supply chain positions at several global electronics manufacturers including VeriFone and…