ISM: Brexit Impact “Negligible” on U.S. Manufacturing

Although presidential politics are coloring the perception of domestic manufacturing, U.S. factory production in June increased at the fastest pace in more than a year. The Institute for Supply Management’s leading index, the PMI, increased by 1.9 percent from May to reach 51.3 percent. Any number over 50 indicates the sector is growing. Although the…

Mexico Benefits From Reshoring Trend

Depending on how one defines “reshoring,” manufacturing activity is increasing in the Americas. Specifically, electronics businesses and researchers say, Mexico is the biggest beneficiary of North American manufacturing companies re-thinking their global footprint. An executive of a U.S.-based electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company at a recent ECIA gathering said that bad experiences in China have had…

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…