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Is Smart Manufacturing a Dumb Idea?
By Steven L. Blue, President and CEO, Miller Ingenuity
Smart manufacturing, the so-called IT revolution, is not the salvation of American manufacturing. Don't misunderstand me, the smart movement has a place in reviving manufacturing in America. I have a smart factory. We employ the latest pick-to-light systems, automated CNC machines and seamless integration ...
Transforming Business through the Internet of Things
By Mark Fortier
The highest returns on IoT investment today are coming from new efficiencies in manufacturing, and not just from the hype around futuristic connected homes and self-driving cars. Maciej Kranz, VP of Cisco's strategic innovations group argues that businesses of any size can increase profits by harnessing ...
How to Choose the Right Subassembly Supplier
By Ed Sullivan
With touchscreens, flex circuits, keypads, and membrane switches becoming more technologically advanced, OEMs are becoming increasingly dependent on sourcing subassemblies to third-party suppliers. At the same time, subassemblies are critical to an OEM's finished product and must be sourced carefully ...
Innovation to Counter the Need for Internet Speed Limits
By Gregory Finn, Vice President of Business Development, Rockley Photonics
Until now, data centers have managed to keep pace with vast quantities of generated and stored data. However, they do so at enormous cost, which will continue to grow as bandwidth demands show no signs of leveling in the foreseeable future. In 2015, annual global IP traffic crossed ...
How Improving Quoting Will Grow Your Business
By Chintan Sutaria, CEO, CalcuQuote
As the creators of a comprehensive quote management system for EMS companies, we are often asked, "How will improving the RFQ process help my business?" Our customers have proven that actively managing the RFQ process has a significant impact on every level of a company's value.
Harting Qualifies Connectors for Use in UL 508-Certified Control Cabinets
By Cory Jenkins, Senior Product Manager, Harting, Inc.
In order to better serve its customers, Harting, a provider of intelligent and high-performance connection technology, recently had its connectors certified to UL 508 standards. This certification allows the company to provide connectors and assemblies that are recognized as safe across the industry ...
Is Made in the USA Competitive in the USA?
By Harry Moser and Millar Kelley, Reshoring Initiative
Today, U.S. industry remains weak, or almost non-existent, in low-mix/high-volume small PCBs used in consumer electronics. The challenge is for the PCB production to come back at the same time as the end product assembly. A parallel strengthening of both is needed for either to succeed. Luckily, reshoring ...
Wurth Elektronik's Alexander Gerfer on the Global Market for Electronic Components
By Kim Sauer, Scoop Communications
In this interview from APEC 2016, held in Long Beach, California, CTO Alexander Gerfer of Wurth Elektronik eiSos discusses the global market trends and opportunities for the electronic and electromechanical component market with Scoop's Kim Sauer. He reviews the requirements from key market segments ...
IDT and ZMDI: CTO Sailesh Chittipeddi
By Sailesh Chittipeddi, Vice President of Global Operations and CTO, IDT
Integrated Device Technology (IDT) recently acquired Germany-based semiconductor company ZMDI. Sailesh Chittipeddi, IDT's vice president of global operations and chief technology officer, shares his thoughts on the acquisition and outlines the company's strategy for the future.
Innovator Fancort Looks to Grow U.S. Manufacturing
By Gene Sussman
An early innovator in aerospace lead-forming equipment, Fancort builds equipment that is critical to satellites including the international space station and the Jupiter Space probe — all still in operation today and highly regarded by NASA, its contractors and major semiconductor suppliers. It ...
Embracing the Mess
By Dave Becker, V.P. Sales & Marketing, All Flex
Being prepared with a nimble reaction is a far better strategy than expecting the Marketing department to consistently be successful in predicting the future. The path to the goal is often achieved much more quickly by making an early decision followed by a course correction rather than waiting for ...
Avoiding Unscheduled Downtime
By Ed Sullivan
Those who've had a production line go down due to a lack of spare parts know how frustrating it can be to rely solely on equipment OEMs for replacement tools and parts.
Scoop Communications on Branding: An Image Worth 1000 Words
By Michael Skinner, Assistant Editor
If you have been reading Phil Stoten's monthly column in
EMS section, or have viewed any of his interviews posted online, accessible through our site, you have already been treated to a special kind of journalism and marketing. While Phil has become a familiar face and voice to ...
Dialing-In Wet Processing Parameters
By Ed Sullivan
Since the design of many wet processing systems is proprietary, specifications are protected by the equipment manufacturer and user alike. Therefore, considering all of the possible design variables, it may be advisable for users in the market for an automated wet processing system ...
Small Quantity Metal Supplier Handles Growth with Easy Transition to Linux-based ERP Software
By Del Williams
With a growing number of manufacturers, machine shops, tool and die makers, and contractors in the Delaware Valley around Philadelphia requiring metal parts, business is good for Metal Stock, a small quantity metal supplier in the area.
Strong Growth Projected for Global Industrial Semiconductors
By Robbie Galoso, Principal Analyst, IHS Technology
Global industrial markets for semiconductors appear strong for at least one-half decade to come. According to research firm IHS (
), worldwide industrial semiconductor revenues grew by 18 percent year over year in 2014. Global industrial semiconductor revenue in 2014 totaled $40.4 billion ...
Standards Boost Business
By S. Joe Bhatia, President and CEO, American National Standards Institute, Washington, DC
From the corner offices across America to the halls of Capitol Hill, leaders in the public and private sectors are sounding the call for economic reform and job creation.
MSSC: Powerful Nationwide Tools to Help Close the "Skills Gap"
By Leo Reddy, Chair and CEO, Manufacturing Skill Standards Council
The revitalization of U.S.-based manufacturing is becoming a reality. A high-performing manufacturing sector led the country out of the Great Recession. Driven by rapidly rising emerging market wages, especially in China, and low U.S. energy costs, the U.S. is experiencing an increase in both reshoring ...
Top 10 Employee Handbook Mistakes
By Scott Ludema
Done right, employee handbooks serve multiple functions. They provide employees with important information about a company, its practices and the working environment. They also help protect employers legally by setting clear expectations and standards that employees must comply with. But done ...
A Solution for the Skills Gap: More Millennials in Manufacturing
By Dan Campbell, CEO, Hire Dynamics
Skills are being lost and the skills gap continues to grow in manufacturing industries as an aging workforce leaves a steadily increasing number of job openings, taking their institutional knowledge with them. Lost in the shuffle of a changing workforce is that manufacturing has changed in significant ...
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