Optimizing Engineering Revision Control

In order to guarantee that a drawing or a procedure is at the most current revision level and that it's the document associated with a particular instruction or bill of materials, the revision date and number should be visible in a predetermined location on each controlled document. (See: 5 Steps to Reducing Design Change Problems.)…

Technology Advances Simplify LED Supply Chain

LED lighting systems are beholden to high-quality standards, which present a number of challenges to designers. While not always a requirement for every solid state lighting (SSL) solution, many commercial and residential applications require strict color consistency, especially in multi-fixture applications where it is easy to see even minor variations in fixture-to-fixture color. In the…

Fending Off the Budget-Planning Monster

Supply chain professionals face this dilemma all too often: How can they lower supply and materials costs while keeping supplier and customer relationships intact? Obviously, in the current economic environment this juggling act takes on even greater importance, and, based on the handful of articles and reports released these last couple of weeks, the results…

What not to look for in 2011

High-tech companies may talk the talk when it comes to green, but when it comes to prioritizing supply chain goals, sustainability ranks low on companies' “to do” list. A survey conducted by {complink 7014|IDC} and UPS ranks sustainability as a top priority for only 19 percent of the high-tech companies surveyed. IDC's Simon Ellis wrote…

PCs Stage a Rebound, Boosting IC Sales

Don’t be in a rush to abandon your PC OEM customer: A mountain-worth of semiconductor products are still going into personal computing equipment and workstations, according to research firm {complink 7217|IC Insights}. While the most coveted design sockets these days are those headed for smartphones, digital music players, tablet devices (iPad and e-readers), and other…