Startup Looks for Sunny Skies for Solar Charging

Users won't tolerate the idea of their mobile devices running out of battery power, leaving them isolated from the world. Since no cure has been found for cellphone withdrawal and electronics manufactures haven't created everlasting batteries, some designers are creating solar-powered solutions to complement the increasing use of mobile devices outdoors. Solartab Ltd., a startup…

Raw Materials Shortfalls Create Strategic Challenges

Shortages of natural resources and raw materials can make prices fluctuate substantially and even bring electronics manufacturing to a screeching halt. Proper planning is critical to staying ahead of the potential shortages. Bindiya Vikal, CEO and founder of Resilinc, a provider of supply chain risk mapping and monitoring solutions, said: Resilinc has been told by…

Sustainability: Regulations & Standards Galore

Various standards and frameworks are being created to support the efforts of electronics manufacturers who want to design with the environment in mind. Unfortunately, global standards haven't yet been achieved, so global organizations are faced with keeping track of multiple requirements depending on where the product is manufactured or sold. The list of standards includes…

WEEE Creating a Recycling Boon

Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) regulations have created awareness about the hazardous materials used in electronics products and the end-of-life recycling issues associated with electronics products. It's also creating a huge recycling market that may create new sourcing opportunities for the electronics supply chain. Depending on which…

Infographic: Where’s the E-Waste Going?

A good year for the electronics industry means more products made and sold. We all celebrate. At the same time, we need to be thinking about where the devices being thrown out and replaced are actually going. Everything from cars and refrigerators to cellphones and gadgets are littering landfills all over the globe. The organization…

The Oncoming Tide of E-Waste

Electronics have become an integral, almost mundane, part of our everyday lives. The convenience they bring is great, but there is a downside to their presence. The other day, one of the students I work with took apart a plug-in air freshener for a project he was working on. The whole office was surprised to…

Resilinc Announces SupplyIntel Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Module to Protect Against Brand Risk

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Resilinc Corp., the leading provider of supply chain resiliency solutions, today announced the immediate availability of SupplyIntelTM CSR ModuleTM to help companies interested in taking a proactive stand to protect against threats to their brand arising from inadequate management systems, controls and governance processes involving labor, ethics, and environmental compliance and…

The Growing Case for Corporate Sustainability Management

Environmental awareness is a longstanding movement socially and politically. Though businesses in general have increasingly recognized and adopted some environmentally aware practices, hurdles remain in adopting a full and comprehensive corporate sustainability management (CSM) strategy. Today's CSM is a broad-reaching business strategy that not only can contribute to environmental sustainability but also, importantly, can improve…

ISO 14001 Certification Underscores Digi-Key’s Green Initiatives

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced its continued efforts around sustainability and environmental management. The company has put into place a series of green initiatives including ISO 14001:2004 certification, environmentally friendly packaging, company-wide policies and best practices around…