DIY/Makers Forge New Trails in Electronics

Enthusiasts who want to build the products they want, from shortwave radios to personal computers, and to tweak products they've bought to make them even better, have long been a part of the electronics industry. By all measures, garage-style innovation remains alive and well today, as “makers” as they are called continue to turn out…

China Advantage Wanes for OEMs

Once the go-to low cost manufacturing location for the electronics industry, China's reign may be waning as the top pick. In fact, some OEMs are heading back to the U.S. hoping to get supply chain advantages and better total cost. Although currently reductions in manufacturing are just a small blip in the bigger picture, it's…

Top 10 3D Printing Projects on Kickstarter

From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology. Although analyst predictions differ, all are in agreement that the…

Simplifying Shipping Safety for Lithium Batteries

Lithium batteries power a wide range of consumer products and deliver superior performance and reliability in numerous applications. However, the same technology that makes them so useful also presents unique hazards for shippers, carriers, and receivers if not safely packed and handled when transported. While the transport of lithium cells and batteries is fundamentally safe…

Women in Manufacturing: Building a Path the Success

In the average manufacturing organization, a quick look around provides ample evidence of a gender gap. However, what organizations may not understand is how the lack of diversity may be harming the business. “For any sector, gender and diversity are important to success,”Abe Eshkenazi, chief executive officer of APICS , told EBN in an interview.…