Survey: Manufacturing Execs Remain Confident

Prime Advantage, the leading buying consortium for midsized manufacturers, announced the findings of its thirteenth edition of the Purchasing and Manufacturing Survey, revealing financial projections and top concerns of more than 700 U.S. industrial manufacturing companies. The results show continued optimism about revenues and employment, despite concerns about rising costs and a lack of qualified…

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Buyers Upbeat on Business Outlook for 2014

Although the pace of growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector cooled down a bit in September, the industry topped off its third consecutive quarter of expansion that month. One of the nation’s leading indexes, the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, decreased in September by 2.4 percentage points to 56.6 percent. Nevertheless, said Bradley J. Holcomb,…

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Maker Faire Meets the Big Apple

Hundreds of large companies, startups, maker spaces, and scientists converged at Maker Faire, held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. Makers big and small came with curiosity to play with hundreds of projects. Click through to view some of our favorites. Hexapod robot University of Arizona student Matt Bunting created this spider-like…

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Tight Supply Continues for DDR3 SDRAM

DDR3 SDRAM continues to be the bellwether of the memory market. Despite fluctuations in pricing, product continues to be scarce and lead times continue to be an issue. Lead times for DDR3 memory ranges from 12 to 16 weeks with inventory levels remaining tight. Forecasts are pushing lead times to early 2015 for deliveries. Within…

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Bel Fuse & Cosel Sign Licensing Pact

Bel Fuse Inc. (NASDAQ: BELFA/BELFB), a premier global manufacturer of networking and telecommunication products and power management solutions, announced today that it has entered into a non-exclusive, worldwide, multi-year field of use license agreement with Japan-based Cosel, Co., LTD, a leading global provider of high-quality, ultra-small AC-DC power supplies, DC-DC converters and noise filters. Under…

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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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