Electronic manufacturing and design: news and opinion
e-skin: the incredible backstory and promising future of med-tech’s latest and most innovative range of electronic devices
What is e-skin?e-skin technology is the culmination of over a decade of research and development. And it’s about to transform the medical device market. Many also suggest that, if that all-important price point can be met, it looks set to transform the...read more
Remember the Star Wars scene where the death star is 3D projected into the rebel’s central command? Or the hologram adverts popping up in Minority Report? Thanks to new technology, that’s no longer just sci-fi from a movie.Before you panic - nobody has...read more
It’s become something of a ‘small batch’ legend.In his classic introduction to ‘Lean Thinking’, James Womack narrates the tale of how he challenged his children to an envelope-stuffing competition.They decided to set up an assembly line: one of them folded...read more
In a recent Gartner report, the research and management advisory firm predicted that there will be 25 billion Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices on the market by 2020.The opportunities the IoT offers OEMs are vast.IoT enabled products can:Optimise...read more
It’s been nearly 20 years since the Fieldbus war ended. A 'Memorandum of Understanding’, the closest industrial automation has ever come to an Entente Cordiale, was signed on the 16th July, 1999, by some of the loudest voices in the debate including...read more
‘Hold on a minute - I’ll just use my Apple Newton to take a message.’Not something you hear every day. In fact it was never something you were likely to hear because the Apple Newton, an early Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) device which was launched in...read more
Flexible Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) offer a highly efficient interconnectivity solution that can bend, form and reform the products they are used in.It’s as simple as that.What isn’t so obvious is exactly where and how flexible boards are used: they are...read more
Large OEMs, especially those who’ve grown through acquisition, will have thousands of suppliers, and at some point they will conclude that it’s time to streamline and focus on more strategic partnerships. Suppliers are usually awarded on a best-performing...read more
There’s a notion that Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) companies are only there to build sub-assemblies to order, test, distribute and sometimes provide return/repair services.This is not true!The prevailing myth is that when an OEM (Original...read more
Scores on the EMS doors: how real-time data dashboards drive service levels and operational efficiencies
If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. Peter Drucker, Management ConsultantThe most successful EMS operations are those which combine the mass delivery and rigidity of automation with the intelligence and flexibility of those programming the...read more
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