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07.21.2014 // Mike Kirschner in: Supply Chain

One tool I find extremely useful is Compliance & Risks’ C2P system. It helps me help my clients to stay on top of new regulations that impact their products, and sometimes their company, in their markets. More...

07.17.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Bishop & Associates just completed the 2014 U.S. Customer Survey of the Connector Industry asking connector users to evaluate 46 connector manufacturers. A total of 455 users answered 20 questions relating More...

07.10.2014 // Murray Slovick in: Passives

It’s been two and a half years since the Federal Anti-Counterfeiting Amendment Act was signed into law and nearly that long since I covered the subject on these pages. So the topic is ripe for re-examination. More...

07.08.2014 // Barbara Jorgensen in: Supply Chain

A long-standing challenge in the electronics supply chain is the management of so-called ‘excess’ inventory. When an OEM or EMS provider orders too much product, it is often sold in the open market to More...

07.01.2014 // Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

A new report from the international activist group “ENOUGH” applauds the actions of the electronics industry in helping to clean up the tantalum supply chain in compliance with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank More...

06.17.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Bishop & Associates just completed the 2014 Customer Survey of the Connector Industry asking connector users to evaluate 46 connector manufacturers. A total of 455 users answered 20 questions relating More...

06.12.2014 // Murray Slovick in: Passives

Temperature-critical applications such as down-hole drilling, aerospace (in particular jet engines) and automotive use are generating the need for capacitors with very high operating temperatures, often More...

06.06.2014 // Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

The United States Department of Justice confirmed to me in a telephone conversation on April 11, 2014 that they were conducting an investigation into the capacitor industry. A representative for the United More...

06.03.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

PC unit sales declined 10% in 2013 for the second straight year of contraction, as the computer market contracts and swaps PCs for tablets and smartphones. More...

05.20.2014 // Murray Slovick in: New Technology

In discussing U.S. Department of Defense spending, Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen once supposedly quipped: "A billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you're talking real money". More...

05.05.2014 // Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

Solid tantalum capacitors are chosen for use in applications that require any combination of volumetric efficiency, long-term stability, high-temperature exposure, low noise generation and self-healing. More...

05.01.2014 // Mike Kirschner in: Supply Chain

One of the greatest challenges electronics manufacturers continue to face in complying with the ever-expanding set of regulated chemical substances today is being aware of – in advance – whether any of More...

04.29.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

Right now the industry is in a “sweet spot.” Business conditions are such that we are on the positive side of all three profit killers. More...

04.24.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

A sharp decline in demand will automatically produce a decline in profits. We experienced this in 2001, 2002, and 2009 when connector sales declined -18.9%, -6.9%, and -21.9% respectively. More...

04.14.2014 // Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

It’s Just A Matter of Time Before What Makes a Smartphone Smart Makes Everything Else Smart Too… More...

04.10.2014 // Murray Slovick in: New Technology

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced a new law that will require all new vehicles sold in the U.S. under 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, including passenger More...

04.08.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Connectors

The phrase “significant change” doesn’t adequately describe what happened in the connector industry over the past 10 years. More...

04.01.2014 // Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

Sanctions, currency valuations and government legislation are impacting costs to produce, pricing and availability of electronic components in 2014. More...

03.20.2014 // Barbara Jorgensen in: Supply Chain

The global electronics supply chain is by its very nature a complicated business. Certain aspects of the relationship between suppliers, distributors and their customers only add to the complexity. But More...

03.18.2014 // Murray Slovick in: New Technology

Mobile World Congress, the year’s largest gathering of smartphone manufacturers, took place in Barcelona at the end of February and drew a record 85,000 attendees. More...

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