Robots Confront Safety Standards

SAN JOSE, Calif. — An army of more user-friendly robots is headed for the factory floor, but they may have to climb over cumbersome safety regulations, according to two pioneers in the field speaking at a workshop here. “There’s a big market for automating small companies,” said Esben Ostergaard, chief technologist at Universal Robots, a…

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Hong Kong’s Changing Role in the Supply Chain

Long before China became the go-to destination for foreign manufacturing, there was Hong Kong. During the 1960s and 1970s Hong Kong was a low-cost center for manufacturing and the electronics industry’s window into the vast market that was China. Although Hong Kong’s role has changed significantly since China opened its doors to foreign trade, it…

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Newark element14 Signs RECOM Power

Chicago, Ill. –– Newark element14, a high-service distributor of technology products and engineering solutions, has added RECOM Power, an innovative leader in the manufacture and distribution of power converters and switching regulators, as one of its global power supply partners. The partnership comes as a welcome extension to an already successful partnership in Asia via element14.…

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Collaborative Sourcing Reduces Costs & Time

Increasingly, the supply chain and procurement departments are turning to digital solutions, rather than traditional manual systems, to maximize results. Recent research points to a substantial potential upside. The 2014 Project & Procurement Management Benchmark Report, sponsored by Noosh, found that online collaborative sourcing platforms, which allowed multiple bidding on a centralized platform, saved organizations…

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ISM: Manufacturing Slows, But Still Grows

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®. The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management®(ISM®)Manufacturing…

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Henkel to Acquire Bergquist

Düsseldorf – Henkel signed an agreement to acquire The Bergquist Company, a privately-held leading supplier of thermal-management solutions for the electronics industry worldwide. This transaction will provide Henkel Adhesive Technologies with a strong position in thermal-management solutions, in particular for use in automotive, consumer and industrial electronics as well as emerging applications in LED lighting.…

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Lattice Power Recognized for Breakthrough LED PAR38 Lamp

Palo Alto, Calif. – Lattice Power, the first company to commercialize high performance, low cost GaN-on-Silicon LEDs, announced today that its new PAR38 LED lamp has been recognized by the Illuminating Engineering Society Progress Committee as providing an important advancement in lighting. The company’s new proprietary GaN-on-Silicon LED PAR38 LED lamp delivers outstanding efficacy, superior brightness…

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Cree Earns U.S. DoD MRL 8 Designation

Durham, N.C. — Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE), a leader in gallium nitride (GaN) RF devices, has earned the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) manufacturing readiness level eight (MRL 8) designation. Awarded for its production of GaN monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), this designation verifies Cree’s ability to provide assured, affordable and commercially viable production capabilities…

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