Onshoring the Robots

For robots, there's no place like home! For years, we've watched much of the US manufacturing base move to other countries, especially China. This has been especially noticeable in high-tech, where first televisions and then personal computers and smartphones moved to lower-cost manufacturing. This also happened in the European Union (EU). In the last couple…

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PwC & APICS Study Uncovers Keys to Improve Supply Chain Sustainability

NEW YORK — PwC US and the APICS Foundation today released, “Sustainable Supply Chains: Making Value the Priority,” a survey of global operations executives on supply chain sustainability. According to PwC and APICS, when companies broaden their perspectives on sustainability and adopt clear strategies to tap ethical, economic, social— and environmental—levers across their extended supply…

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Bel Fuse Names Anglia as Distributor

Bel Fuse Inc. (NASDAQ: BELFA) (NASDAQ: BELFB), a premier developer of fuses and magnetic-based solutions for high-speed networking and computer applications, announced today the signing of a distribution agreement with UK-based Anglia Components, a leading independent authorized distributor of semiconductors, optoelectronics, interconnect, passive and electromechanical components. The contract authorizes Anglia to distribute and market the full…

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10 Tricks That Extend Oscilloscope Usefulness

Modern mid-range oscilloscopes have more features than most engineers ever use. This article summarizes 10 oscilloscope applications that may surprise you. In any event, you may find them useful. Use the oscilloscope's fast edge feature and math operations to make frequency response measurements Frequency response measurements require a source signal that has a flat spectrum.…

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Microchip Acquires ISSC

Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, and ISSC Technologies Corporation (ISSC) (TW OTC:5261) today announced that Microchip has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ISSC, a leading provider of low power Bluetooth and advanced wireless solutions for the Internet Of Things (IoT) market.   ISSC is publicly traded…

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Avnet EM has Samsung LRAs

Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), is now offering Samsung Electro-Mechanics’ line of Linear Resonance Actuators (LRAs), vibration motors that provide a tactile (haptic) sensation when a user interacts with a touchscreen. One of the emerging technologies in the field of touchscreens, haptic feedback has become increasingly popular in…

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Startup Looks for Sunny Skies for Solar Charging

Users won't tolerate the idea of their mobile devices running out of battery power, leaving them isolated from the world. Since no cure has been found for cellphone withdrawal and electronics manufactures haven't created everlasting batteries, some designers are creating solar-powered solutions to complement the increasing use of mobile devices outdoors. Solartab Ltd., a startup…

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