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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 ...
Lease or Loan? What You Need to Know to Decide
By William G. Sutton, CAE, President and CEO, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
As the economy continues to improve, more manufacturers are making capital investments to fuel their growth. When business owners and managers consider acquiring equipment, they often think of their payment option as a "lease versus buy" decision. In any economic environment, when preserving owner ...
Peregrine Semiconductor Streamlines Work-Flow with AtTask
By Bryan Nielson, Executive Vice-President of Strategy, Go-to-Markets and Product, AtTask
With the telecommunications industry predicted to grow at a rate of 5.3 percent from 2012 to 2017 according to Gartner (www.gartner.com), semiconductor companies are facing a unique challenge: their technologies are driving rapid revenue growth, but they lack the project management (PM) systems to ...
Five Strategies for Accelerating Electronic Products Through the Supply Chain
By Luis Humberto Erana, President, Technology and Service Logistics-Americas, DHL Supply Chain, www.dhl.com
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 ...
Shifting Towards Multidomain MDM Software
By Mikael Lyngso, Chief Executive Officer, Stibo Systems, Aarhus, Denmark and Dan Power, Founder and President, Hub Designs, Hingham, MA
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 ...
R & D Credit Open to More Companies Under Modified IRS Regulations
By Saqib Dhanani, J. D., Jim Foster, J. D., and Lyndsie Lowry, J. D., Paradigm Partners, Houston, TX
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 ...
Industrial Facilities Turn to HDS Surveys for Retrofits and Expansions
By Ed Sullivan
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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