RoHS2 Deadline Upon Us

The deadline for RoHS2 has come and gone, and manufacturers are still working to get in step. Two years ago, the European Union extended the timeline for the elimination and restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, which it had set more than a decade ago. At that time, the Restriction of Hazardous…

OASIS PPS: Plan, Schedule & Collaborate

The global market is characterized by unexpected and dynamic changes that can cause problems for manufacturers. The OASIS Production and Planning Scheduling (PPS) offers a way to standardize these bumps. This open-source framework offers a standard for collaborative planning and scheduling between manufacturing industries. Manufacturers have used production-planning software, such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)…

Infographic: Traceability Issues in the Supply Chain

Managing recalls and tracking elements in your supply chain has never been more complex. And just about half of companies believe they have good processes in place to handle issues: (Source: RedPrairie via Visua.ly) Related posts: Infographic: Supply Chain’s RFID Advantage Infographic: E-Waste – Where Does it All Go? Infographic: Pricing, Inventory & Lead Time…

Infographic: Supply Chain’s RFID Advantage

Our colleague Douglas Alexander has written extensively and eloquently about the enabling power that RFID technology can bring to the supply chain. (See RFID Sparks New Supply Chain Demand and Greater Role Seen for RFID in Supply Chain). Here's a graphic that gives you another sense for how a wirelessly oiled supply chain can operate:…

Infographic: 2012 Electronics Mergers Illustrated

It's hard to believe, but there were nearly 200 electronics industry acquisitions in 2012. That's almost an acquisition per business day. Here's a rundown, courtesy of Silicon Expert Technologies, of what went down in the M&A scene last year, including some highlighted tie-ups. (Source: Silicon Expert Technologies) Related posts: Infographic: E-Waste – Where Does it…

Infographic: The Real Cost of Trucking

Much of the electronics supply chain in North America depends on ground shipping of parcels. There's the occasional complaint that FedEx and UPS exert too much pricing control on the supply chain, which puts cost pressures on small to midsized electronics firms. Shipping prices tend to get raised every year, and they're hard to pass…

The FedEx-UPS Duopoly

It gets a lot of supply chain professionals riled up: FedEx and UPS. That is, the duopoly, at least in North America, of the two dominant shippers. The electronics supply chain leans mostly on parcel ground shipping for its parts, and so price increases or capacity issues with the Big Two cause widespread ripples. Just…