Zentech Receives IPC Validation

IPC’s Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to Zentech Manufacturing Inc., an electronics and engineering service firm in Baltimore, Md. The facility underwent an intensive two-day audit based on two of IPC’s foremost standards: IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies and IPC-A-610, Acceptability of…

US Manufacturing: 9.1% Growth Expected For 2014

A majority of U.S. manufacturing executives expect their sales will grow a little more than 9 percent for the rest of 2014, according to the Institute of Supply Management’s  semi-annual survey of purchasing and supply managers.  Of the 18 industries predicting growth, computer and electronics products fall a disappointing 12th on the list. Textile manufacturers…

Manufacturing: Mexico’s Appeal Grows as Chinese Costs Soar

Labor costs in Mexico are still generally higher than in China but the total cost of manufacturing in the North American country has fallen recently below its Asian rival’s, spurring a rethink amongst OEMs about the best place to site production facilities. In the last few years, many U.S.-based manufacturing companies have either moved or…

How America II Juggles Spot-Market & Scheduled Orders

Now in its 25th year of business, America II has expanded globally and has consistently ranked as one of the top distributors in its market. It hasn’t always been easy – independent (or non- authorized) distributors have faced an uphill battle in establishing themselves as trustworthy sources of supply. America II’s President Brian Ellison spoke…

Prepping the Supply Chain for Internet of Everything

The current estimates for how the Internet of Things (IoT) will impact the global economy runs into trillions of dollars. Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), expects “50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020” and says the activities related to IoT would could amount to $19 trillion “in value” for enterprises and…

Chenbro Expands Joint Development Initiative

Enclosure solutions can make or break computer performance, and, for the past three decades, leading enclosure solution provider Chenbro has been partnering with the industry’s leading OEMs and ODMs for customized solutions with end user needs in mind. Now, Chenbro is expanding its joint development manufacturing initiative to include system integrators and solution providers who are…

5BARz Partners With Flextronics

5BARz International, Inc. (OTCQB: BARZ), (www.5BARz.com) (“5BARz” or “the Company”) a technology leader in the cellular network extender industry, today announced that it has selected Flextronics (FLEX) as its supply chain solutions and manufacturing partner for the 5BARz Network Extender, an innovative device, which provides improved cellular signals to deliver high quality signals for voice,…

ISM: Purchasing Indexes Rebound

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 58th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®. The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management®(ISM®)…