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Five Strategies for Accelerating Electronic Products Through the Supply Chain


Technology solutions are brought to market by a number of key actions, including research and development (R&D), manufacturing, and marketing. Yet, there is a fourth discipline that doesn't always receive the attention of these three actions, but which can be just as important in a product's success ...

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Shifting Towards Multidomain MDM Software


Master-domain-management (MDM) software was only available in single-domain formats for many years. But the technology has evolved a great deal in the last ten years. As a result, most of the newer MDM platforms have multiple-domain capabilities. In fact, most manufacturers of MDM software are gradually ...

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R & D Credit Open to More Companies Under Modified IRS Regulations


On June 3, 2014, the United States Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published a policy change that drastically improves the landscape of the tax credit for businesses performing research and development (R & D). The change will benefit businesses performing R & D to the tune ...

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Industrial Facilities Turn to HDS Surveys for Retrofits and Expansions


Manual surveying of industrial sites for retrofits or facility expansion has often required hundreds of hours, sometimes over months, and sometimes involved hazardous locations. When as-built infrastructures were hidden or not precisely detailed in original plans, the resulting survey errors usually ...

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Outsourcing Product Development:What Could Go Wrong?


Outsourcing product development can make any original equipment manufacturer (OEM) nervous. Anyone with experience in the electronics field has seen first-hand what happens when outsourcing goes wrong — higher costs and time-to-market delays reduce sales volume, lower profitability, and shorten ...

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Effective Feedback is not a Sandwich or a Seagull


Managers rely on team members with improving skills and performance to improve their products and services. But managers who praise their team members without offering suggestions for improvements will not provide the necessary guidance for improvement. And managers who suggest ways for team members ...

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Apple and Oranges: Why B2B Companies Fail


Customers can't tell you what they want; that's why Steve Jobs never asked them. It's a popular (if slightly arrogant) attitude among innovators. Perhaps you've heard — or said — something similar at your company. So you assemble a crack team of big brains and task them with thinking up a great ...

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Accelerating the Selective Soldering Learning Curve


When qualifying a new manufacturing process, it is essential to review the experience and skill levels of key staff members, including factory personnel and the manufacturing engineering team. All processes should deliver repeatable results, which comes from having knowledgeable personnel and advanced ...

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Sizing Up Supply Chain Partnerships


Electronic manufacturing companies faced with production needs often look to electronic manufacturing services (EMS) suppliers for help. But when a company decides to "outsource" their production to one of these EMS partners, is there a way for them to determine the value of their supply chain EMS ...
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The View On Older Workers Is Changing


Workers are staying at jobs longer, creating a workforce with an average age that is older than before. Workers are retiring later in life and staying on their jobs longer. This trend, in a workforce with increasingly older workers, is a major concern for those in the health and safety field due to ...
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Apprenticeship and Training Programs Are Critical


Training is extremely important to the future of manufacturing in the United States, yet in many states it has fallen by the wayside. Training for skilled manufacturing positions has been hit by a perfect storm of budget cuts and the mistaken idea that all young workers should go to college. What ...

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Coming Soon: Manufacturer EPR Requirements


Extended producer responsibility (EPR) has been a policy quest for over 20 years, since the concept was first formally introduced in Sweden by Thomas Lindhqvist in 1990. EPR is an environmental protection strategy to reach an environmental objective of a decreased total environmental impact of a product ...

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Online DfE Training and Certification


A new online design-for-environment (DfE) training and certification program may revolutionize the way engineers approach the design of electronics products.

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Equipment Financing: The Manufacturer's Best Option


Many businesses give additional consideration to equipment financing to take advantage of special incentives lenders and captive vendors may offer. There is typically a flurry of capital spending as the calendar year winds down, because companies want to get the expenditure squeezed into the expiring ...

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Global Growth & Quality Are Keys to Continued Success


Techcon Systems has been a leader in fluid dispensing industry for more than 40 years and today is a part of OK International's OEM Division. Focusing on fluid dispensing systems, Techcon's components are used in medical, automotive, telecommunications, aerospace, and industrial applications ...

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Coming to America: Siplace Ups the Ante with New Facility


At the Siplace Grand Opening in Suwanee, Georgia in June of 2012, several industry experts were invited to participate in panel discussions about the current state and future vision of the SMT industry in the Americas.
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Midsized Manufacturers Major Benefactors of the R&D Tax Credit


Midsize manufacturers take heart. There's some good news in the tax code with a fat tax credit for R&D. "But we're a manufacturer, not an engineering firm. I'm not sure we really do R&D." "We're not a Fortune 500 company; I'm not sure we have enough R&D to file for a credit." We hear it all the time ...
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Tips for Successful Product Transfers


Thinking about moving operations from one location to another? Maybe the move is within the same state, within the United States or to and from different countries or continents. Regardless of the geographic locations, transferring products is a major undertaking.
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Lost in the Crowd? Six Ways to Avoid the Commodity Death Spiral


Take a good hard look at your new product development strategies. What words come to mind? Do you think fresh, daring, and original? Or do you think, Hmmm, now where have I seen this before? If your widgets look suspiciously like your competitor's widgets, or theirs look like yours, or you have innovative ...
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Using Self-Directed Work Teams


Since 1994, Connecticut Spring & Stamping (CSS) had been using a variety of lean manufacturing techniques to reduce internal waste and costs. The company really expanded its lean manufacturing initiative in 2010, when it opted to use the concept of self-directed work teams (SDWTs) to ...
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