TE Adds Online Store as Part of its Digital Strategy

TE Connectivity, one of the largest and most diverse manufacturers of connectors, sensors and passive components, has expanded its purchasing, pricing, availability and delivery offerings via its TE Store. Although similar services are offered by TE distributors, TE’s chief eBusiness and digital officer Nitin Mathur said there is a large population of global users that…

obsolescence, management, electronics, EOL

Component Obsolescence: Managing the Unmanageable

Manufacturers of long-lifecycle products have been trying to “manage” component obsolescence for decades. The decision to end a device’s useful life (EOL) is solely in the hands of original component manufacturers (OCMs). Therefore, equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have been largely forced into a reactive, rather than proactive, stance in terms of obsolescence management. The challenges have…

How Intel’s Using the Smart Factory to Improve the Supply Chain

Significant change is coming to the manufacturing arena. As artificial intelligence, the industrial IoT and the smart factory begin to transform production, Intel Corp. is gauging the impact such technologies will have on manufacturing and the supply chain — and the humans that oversee these complex operations. The benefits of smart factories are many: autonomous…

High-Tech Tackles Logistics

High-tech companies are developing leading-edge solutions to improve a variety of functions in logistics—a complex web of freight movers, third-party logistics companies and parcel delivery services. Here are a handful of companies that have recently launched logistics-related products and services: Freightos has developed an online marketplace that gives importers and exporters on-demand access to global freight services. Freight forwarders,…

Procurement Execs Tighten Their Belts

U.S. manufacturing has been on a bumpy ride for the last five months: The Institute for Supply Management (ISM)  has reported industry contraction since October 2015. The pace of contraction slowed a bit in February and is inching closer to a level of 50.0, the demarcation line between growth and contraction on the ISM index.…