Robots in the Supply Chain is Old News; Get Ready for Artificial Intelligence

Robots are the natural next step in the evolution of the electronics manufacturing supply chain. This shouldn’t surprise anyone but it seems some economists and researchers were shocked at the recent news that Foxconn had automated some of its plants, replacing workers with robots. This resulted in the elimination of as many as 60,000 factory…

42Q Launches Industry’s First Cloud-Based MES

42Q, a leading provider of cloud manufacturing execution systems (MES), today announced the immediate availability of the first, fully cloud-based MES solution that offers competitive advantages in speed of deployment, operational agility and low total cost of ownership. Higher expectations from customers for demand flexibility and product delivery are significant factors leading manufacturers to adopt…

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.…

IMP: Turning Inventory Liability into Higher Value Asset

Excess inventory is a blight on the electronics industry, a seemingly unending and expensive drain on resources at manufacturers and component suppliers. Nearly two decades after one of the most savage downturns in the history of the industry, though, a supply chain management services provider says it has figured out a better way for reducing…