No Holiday Joy for Component Buyers

As 2019 rolls into view, component shortages continue to wreak supply chain havoc on a variety of components from multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) and relays to metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs). Lead times continue to stretch as component makers scramble to keep up with demands from growing and emerging markets. MLCC makers are shifting their strategies…

Trust, Tablets, & Technology Top Consumer Demand List for Retailers

Consumers increasingly are asking retailers to give them their ideal shopping experience. Retailers, meanwhile, are scrambling to put technology in place to make sure customer expectations are met and exceeded.  “The biggest shift we’ve seen is the eovluiton of expectations that shoppers have about fulfillment, and the rising expectations of technology and solutions that retailers…

Supply Chain Extends as AI & ML Enable Predictive Maintenance

OEMs, once limited to managing after-service for their equipment to a break fix model, are hopeful that artificial intelligence (AI) Manufacturers are moving in a new direction, throwing away the reactive model in favor of one that is proactive and focuses on maximizing machinery uptime. “Maximizing product uptime is a critical milestone in a manufacturers’ journey to servitization,”…

Digital Authentication Fights Counterfeiting

Counterfeited products account for a lot of losses for legitimate manufacturers, as well as a lucrative opportunity for criminals. “In the high-tech sector, not only do manufacturers and OEMs face the possibility of end products being faked, they run the risk of counterfeit components entering into – and infecting –  the supply chain,” said the…

Climate & Supply Chain: Risk Versus Reward

As the supply chain, with its global reach, increasing complexity, and clear interdependence throughout the organization, has evolved as a strategic differentiator for electronics OEMs, the importance of planning excellence has also come into focus. Meanwhile, more and more disruptions that impact that critical supply chain have been traced to climate change. A climate-related event…

Employees Mostly Happy, Labor Day Survey Finds

People spend more waking hours at work than anywhere else. This Monday, the first Monday of September, is set aside to laud the social and economic achievements of American workers—and so there’s no better time of year to hear how American employees feel about the jobs they do.  “[Labor Day] constitutes a yearly national tribute…

Make U.S. High-Tech Manufacturing Tempting

Officially, Manufacturing Day falls on Friday, October 5. Thousands of North American Manufacturers are throwing open their doors to give the general public a sense of just how cool today’s manufacturing really is. The Founding Partner Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, which started the idea of Manufacturing Day, list a variety of benefits for OEMs who…