Regional Manufacturing: From Philosophy to Practice

Moving supply chains closer to end customers for cost savings and customer responsiveness is one of Craig Carlson's passionate philosophies. Though many other supply-chain managers have regional-manufacturing philosophies, they've candidly admitted that they 1) fear broaching to their executives alternatives to China, or 2) have achieved little movement of their company's overall supply chains. Carlson…

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Panasonic to Share IP to Spur IoT Growth

Newark, N.J. — Panasonic will today formally pledge to provide royalty-free access to software, patents and experience from its product ecosystem to speed the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) software and services, at the Embedded Linux Conference in San Jose, Calif. Panasonic will also announce plans to increase its intellectual property contributions to the AllSeen…

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TI Launches Online Analog Design Classroom

Dallas, Tex. — Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today unveiled TI Precision Labs, the electronics industry’s first comprehensive online classroom for analog engineers. The on-demand courses pair theory and applied lab exercises to deepen the technical expertise of experienced engineers and accelerate the development of those early in their careers. The free, modular curriculum includes…

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PCB Buyers: You Don’t Have to Put Up with Little Plastic Bags

If you're receiving printed circuit board (PCB) assemblies in little plastic bags, you may be causing needless waste of time and materials in your manufacturing operation. Ask your contract manufacturer for custom-formed electro-static discharge (ESD) trays instead.    Contract manufacturers often pack smaller-sized PCB assemblies into individual plastic bags. When the boards arrive at your…

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Samtec Names Hirose as Second Source for FireFly System

Samtec, Inc. is pleased to announce an agreement with Hirose Electric USA, Inc. as a second source for Samtec’s FireFly™ Micro Flyover System™. As a certified independent second source, Hirose can now provide its customers a future-proof inside-the-box system, as well as additional support to Samtec’s customers who use FireFly™ in current and future applications.…

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EaglePicher Breaks Ground on Lithium Ion Facility

Joplin, Mo. — Today federal, state and local officials joined EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, and their honored guests to officially break ground on the company’s new Lithium Ion Center of Excellence. The 100,000-plus square-foot facility will be built adjacent to our current Lithium Ion facility at the Crossroads Industrial Park in Joplin, Missouri and will expand the EaglePicher…

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