What if the Prodigal OEMs all Return?

It’s a barely noticeable trickle now but what if all the prodigal Western OEMs who shifted production en masse to low-cost locations in Asia suddenly move even a single-digit percentage of their manufacturing volume back home? Will the electronics supply chain be able to handle the flood and does the industry anymore have the intellectual…

Engineering & Purchasing: Joined at the Hip

In an industry where engineering is constantly feeding new products to the manufacturing floor, several disciplines must be in place to assure the smoothest transitions from the R&D group to the operations group. While New Product Introductions (NPI) and associated processes are key to managing lowest costs and highest quality products from introduction to obsolescence…

Where are the PLM Champions?

I wonder at times why so many companies hide their best and brightest minds, products and departments in some dark corners while endlessly and tirelessly parading once popular but steadily fading divisions before a tired crowd. That’s the case with the electronics industry where the already obvious – microprocessor, smartphone, PCs, digital TV, etc. –…

EMS Providers Just Can’t Stop the Cost-Cutting

Contract manufacturers may be able to one day put away their cost-cutting scalpel but that won’t be for a while going by events in the market today. In the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) sector, cost-cutting and never-ending rounds of corporate reorganizations have become a way of life as customers and their contractors engage in a…