Electronics Ranks High in Conflict Minerals Compliance

In a very short period of time the electronics industry has moved from grudging acceptance of the so-called U.S. “conflict minerals” rule to a leadership position in compliance, research concludes. Moreover, companies that have embraced the measure to boycott materials mined in certain regions of the world are driving positive change throughout the supply chain.…

ISM: Brexit Impact “Negligible” on U.S. Manufacturing

Although presidential politics are coloring the perception of domestic manufacturing, U.S. factory production in June increased at the fastest pace in more than a year. The Institute for Supply Management’s leading index, the PMI, increased by 1.9 percent from May to reach 51.3 percent. Any number over 50 indicates the sector is growing. Although the…

Manufacturing Takes Double Dip in December

Although the overall economy grew for the 79th consecutive month in December, the U.S. manufacturing industry contracted for the second consecutive month. The Institute for Supply Management’s leading manufacturing index, the PMI, declined by 0.4 percent from the November level to 48.2 percent. Any number below 50 indicates the industry is contracting. The data surprised…

Manufacturing Index Hits 3-Year Low

The nation’s manufacturing industry in November contracted for the first time in 36 months, dragged down by declines in production, new orders and raw materials inventory.  The Institute for Supply Management‘s PMI—an index of U.S. purchasing managers – fell to 48.6 percent, a decrease of 1.5 percentage points from the October reading of 50.1 percent.…

Atmel Temp Sensor Reduces System Cost

San Jose, Calif. — Atmel Corporation has claimed the industry’s first family of high-precision digital temperature sensors with the widest Vcc range from 1.7 V to 5.5 V. Delivering higher temperature accuracy and faster I2C bus communication speeds, the new devices are available with integrated nonvolatile registers and serial EEPROM memory making them suitable for consumer, industrial, computer, and medical…