2 Acquisitions in 2 Years: Sager Buys Norvell

When several now-global distributors were busy gobbling up competitors in the 1990s, Sager Electronics maintained its laser-focus on its specialty products – IP&E—and its position in the Americas market. Although not historically acquisitive, Sager – with its announcement it would acquire Norvell Electronics Inc., headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, — has made its second acquisition in…

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Escalating Climate Change on the Electronics Industry’s Agenda

When asked to name the world's key electronics-company headquarters regions, one would likely list the San Francisco Bay Area (Silicon Valley), Japan (Sony, Hitachi, NEC), and perhaps Germany (Siemens, Bosch, etc.). As for electronics manufacturing regions, China, Malaysia (Flextronics, Sanmina-SCI), Czech Republic (where Foxconn is the largest employer), and Mexico may be most frequently named.…

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Luring Gen Z Workers Over the Generation Gap

Particularly in the electronics manufacturing and supply chain, workers are aging out faster than organizations can replace them. Understanding the unique perspectives and needs of Millennial and especially Generation Z workers may be the quickest way to closing the generation, and ultimately the employment, gap. In the not too distant future, Generation Z (sometimes called…

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Auto Safety Drives MEMS Sensor Market

Suppliers of MEMS-based sensors are logging good growth thanks to mandated automotive safety systems, including electronic stability control (ESC) and tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), according to IHS Inc. Players with strong positions in gyroscopes, accelerometers and pressure sensors needed in these systems also grew as well, according to the market research firm. The automotive…

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Arrow’s Bird on Supplier Consolidation and Design

In his role as president of Arrow Electronics Inc.’s Americas components business, Alan Bird is responsible for all customer and supplier relationships, sales and the management of employees. During his 25 years in the electronics industry he has seen tremendous change, including the growth of outsourcing to China and other parts of Asia; economic recessions; the…

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Design Engineers Are at the Center of the Industrial Automation Sourcing Process

The promise of advanced machine-to-machine networking, smart factories, and Industry 4.0 has gotten the wide field of manufacturing and industrial automation abuzz with excitement, including working professionals like design, project, and process engineers. However, there appears to be some ways to go before they realize those promised benefits. Still, a recent Design News -exclusive study…

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FlexEl to Open Battery Facility in Maryland

College Park, Md. — FlexEl LLC, a custom battery manufacturer, will open a research & development and manufacturing facility in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Spun out of the University of Maryland (UMD) based on a thin-film battery technology in 2008, the company will lease more than 10,000 square-feet from the university, which it plans to move into in the…

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Vishay Chipscale MOSFET Saves Space, Power

Malvern, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced a new TrenchFET 20 V n-channel MOSFET in the chipscale MICRO FOOT 0.8-mm x 0.8-mm package with an ultra-thin 0.357-mm profile. The Vishay Siliconix Si8824EDB is designed to save space, decrease power consumption, and extend battery usage in smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, solid-state drives, and portable medical devices such as hearing…

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Artesyn Debuts High-Density DC/DC Converter

Tempe, Ariz. — Artesyn Embedded Technologies launched its highest density sixteenth brick isolated DC/DC converter for distributed power applications such as telecom, computing and networking equipment. The AVD100 series of 100 to 120 watt (W), 1/16th brick DC/DC converters are optimized for high density applications with restricted space. They also offer excellent thermal performance and up to…

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