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How Improving Quoting Will Grow Your Business


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.
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Harting Qualifies Connectors for Use in UL 508-Certified Control Cabinets


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 ...
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Is Made in the USA Competitive in the USA?


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 ...
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Wurth Elektronik's Alexander Gerfer on the Global Market for Electronic Components


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 ...

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IDT and ZMDI: CTO Sailesh Chittipeddi


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.

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Innovator Fancort Looks to Grow U.S. Manufacturing


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 ...

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Embracing the Mess


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 ...

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Avoiding Unscheduled Downtime


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.

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Scoop Communications on Branding: An Image Worth 1000 Words


If you have been reading Phil Stoten's monthly column in U.S.Tech's 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 ...

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Dialing-In Wet Processing Parameters


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 ...

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Small Quantity Metal Supplier Handles Growth with Easy Transition to Linux-based ERP Software


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.

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Strong Growth Projected for Global Industrial Semiconductors


Global industrial markets for semiconductors appear strong for at least one-half decade to come. According to research firm IHS (www.ihs.com), worldwide industrial semiconductor revenues grew by 18 percent year over year in 2014. Global industrial semiconductor revenue in 2014 totaled $40.4 billion ...

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Standards Boost Business


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.

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MSSC: Powerful Nationwide Tools to Help Close the "Skills Gap"


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 ...

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Top 10 Employee Handbook Mistakes


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 ...
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A Solution for the Skills Gap: More Millennials in Manufacturing


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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Lease or Loan? What You Need to Know to Decide


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 ...

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Peregrine Semiconductor Streamlines Work-Flow with 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 ...

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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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