3 Key Shifts Changing Business for Product Innovators

New product development (NPD) and new product introduction (NPI) practices have shifted drastically over the last decade as companies increase the pace of innovation to survive and prosper in the face of customer demands for greater performance at a lower price, increased global competition, and more stringent regulatory requirements. Product innovators now face the challenge…

Embedded Device Maker Adds Real-World Additive Manufacturing

The supply chain is abuzz with discussion of disruptive technologies in manufacturing, from artificial intelligence to 3D printing. However, until recently, real-world examples have been sparse. Now, however, at least some technologies are hitting adoption in more visible ways. Phytec, a global maker of microprocessor-based solutions for industrial embedded devices, announced, for example, that it…

Avoid Pitfalls of Building a BOM

The new product introduction (NPI) sourcing process begins with a list of parts or a bill of materials (BOM). Spotting potential problems at this stage may make the difference between success and failure. Unfortunately, there are pitfalls, but a little preparation can ensure success. Creating the BOM is the start of a race against the…

OEMs Identify 3D Printing as Key Technology

From auto makers to industrial companies, manufacturers are looking at how additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, can streamline its processes, decrease costs, and more. “As industrial 3D printers go from stand-alone systems, used mostly for prototyping, tooling and single part production to becoming the core systems within integrated digital mass production lines, a number of…

10 Reasons New Product Launches Fails

Having a great product idea is hard. Getting that product from the drawing board to the hands of consumers is even harder. If it were easy, more people would be successful at it. In fact, companies both large and small can point to huge new product flops, especially in the high-tech electronics sector.  Consider this…

Expand Supply Chain Control During PCB Design

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are the heart and soul of many electronic devices, but the complexity of PCB design, procurement, and manufacturing processes creates many opportunities for failure issues. In addition, organizational silos that exist between design engineering, manufacturing engineering, and procurement can exacerbate these risks.  “I saw this problem early in my career,” said…

Avnet Opens Registration for Visible Things Industrial IoT SpeedWay Design Workshop Series

Phoenix – Avnet, a leading global technology distributor, announced that registration is now open for a series of interactive SpeedWay Design Workshops for designers of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications using Avnet’s SK002 Visible Things IIoT Starter Kit. The one-day, hands-on “Edge to Enterprise IoT Platform Speedway” training events, hosted by Avnet in ten…

EDA Sales Jump Most in Five Years

SAN FRANCISCO—Electronic Design Automation (EDA) sales posted in the largest annual increase in five years in the fourth quarter of 2016, based on broad strength across all product categories and regions, according to the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance. Fourth quarter EDA sales totaled $2.46 billion, an increase of 19 percent compared to the fourth…