digital transformation, supply chain, predictions

10 Global Supply Chain Predictions for 2019

The electronics supply chain, for the past year, has been marked by component shortages, lead-time extensions and tariff uncertainties. Nevertheless, it’s been a good year for component manufacturers and distributors—many of which have reported record quarterly sales during 2018. In 2019, IDC projects, the supply chain writ large is poised to transition from a cost…

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How Sensors Are Moving Materials Handling Toward Safe Automation, Part 2

This is the second article in a two-part series The Industry 4.0 revolution is enabling new levels of automation, including a new generation of sensors-rich automated guided vehicles (AGVs) for use in the first wave of smart manufacturing and distribution facilities. This revolution also requires new ways of thinking across all aspects of materials handling, especially…

RS Components Adds Molex USB Type-C Connector

Singapore – RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has augmented its growing range of USB-C solutions with Molex’s new USB-C connector and complement of cable assemblies, which targets a wide range of electronics applications in consumer markets as well as automation and control systems, automotive and telecoms and…

Robots in the Supply Chain is Old News; Get Ready for Artificial Intelligence

Robots are the natural next step in the evolution of the electronics manufacturing supply chain. This shouldn’t surprise anyone but it seems some economists and researchers were shocked at the recent news that Foxconn had automated some of its plants, replacing workers with robots. This resulted in the elimination of as many as 60,000 factory…

Digi-Key, FLIR Sign Distribution Agreement

Thief River Falls, Minn. – Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Electronics, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced a global distribution agreement with FLIR Systems Inc. to distribute Lepton® series thermal imaging cameras.  Digi-Key selected FLIR due to a growing demand for technology applications in safety and  security, unmanned, automation,…

More Good News in Manufacturing

Giving credence to the adage “a rising tide lifts all boats,” increased investment in automation technologies is being driven by a revival in global manufacturing, according to Frost & Sullivan. In particular, infrastructure projects in the power, water and wastewater industries in emerging economies such as China, India, Brazil and the Middle East will contribute…