IPC Supports EU Vote for Voluntary Conflict Minerals Requirements for Manufacturers

BANNOCKBURN, Ill.  — On March 16, 2017, the European Union (EU) Parliament voted to adopt regulations regarding the sourcing of conflict minerals in high risk zones. The regulations, which require supply chain due diligence self-certification of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, are mandatory for smelters and…

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Meeting Major Logistics Challenge: How Global Robotics Manufacturer Optimized Lithium Battery Supply Chain Shipping

Omron Adept Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Omron Corporation, faced a major logistics challenge: How to transfer the entire shipping process for the company’s line of industrial robots in-house and train staff to meet stringent hazmat transport regulations for large format lithium batteries. By partnering with Labelmaster, the company optimized its supply chain process and…

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EU Adopts Conflict Mineral Regulations

The EU this week voted to adopt regulations pertaining to the sourcing of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TG) from conflicted regions of the world. The regulations, which require supply chain due diligence self-certification of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, are mandatory for smelters and importers of raw materials and…

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Intel/Mobileye Duopoly: Dream or Nightmare?

PARIS — Intel’s Mobileye acquisition Monday has stirred mixed emotions and contrasting reviews among those who cover the industry. Excitement, puzzlement, surprise, fear, confidence and some disappointment. One of the most scathing comments came from Semiconductor Advisors LLC, financial and strategic advisory services: Even though Intel tried to suggest a strong link to Intel's data center business…

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China’s Gamble on Industrial IoT

SHENZHEN — China is betting big on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The Chinese government projects the country’s Industrial Internet of Things to grow to 450 billion RMB (about $65 billion) by 2020 – occupying roughly one quarter of China’s whole IoT market. The IIoT segment in China has maintained a growth rate of…

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Report: Anti-Counterfeit Efforts Don’t Thwart Cyber-Threats

The defense industry’s concerns regarding microelectronics is expanding beyond counterfeit components and into the realm of cybersecurity, according to a report issued this month by the Defense Science Board Task Force. Thanks in part to the defense department’s reliance on commercial electronics components, the task force found defense equipment can be susceptible to cyber attacks…

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Put Out the Fire: Address Employee Burnout in Logistics

Don’t let employee burnout burn your business. The right tools help logistics providers increase employee engagement and retention. As a logistics provider, you are especially vulnerable to employee turnover. After all, logistics employees are critical when it comes to supporting daily operations, helping fulfill the “perfect order,” delivering exceptional customer service, and so many other…

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