May Digital Issue from SourceToday – 2018 Top 50 Electronics Distributors
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Our mission is to provide engineering, procurement and supply chain professionals with news and analysis to help you do your job and bring value to your company. We’ll focus our attention on the intersection of technology and business as we cover the end-to-end supply chain: from materials and components to distribution and logistics to design and manufacturing services.
The cover story, is about the Top 50 distributors and restarting growth and running with it. Following two years of slow growth, Digi-Key is far from the only electronics distributor trying to take advantage of the recent market rally. Overall electronics distributors share a feeling of cautious optimism.
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There were 2 Thought Leadership Series Issues in May:
What’s Ahead for 3D Printing
For quite some time now, the projections for 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, have been optimistic, yet the technology has yet to become a viable option for volume production. This article looks at recent innovations, market trends, and industry attitudes that are driving the 3D printing market, as well as the challenges companies face to evolve 3D printing from a useful prototyping solution into a truly transformational replacement for the old-school subtractive manufacturing model.
Reducing Risk Through On-Demand Manufacturing
Regardless of how well you plan, component delivery delays, production problems and a variety of unanticipated problems will arise as you ready a product for launch. That’s why top performing companies need manufacturing supply chain safeguards to compete in today’s global business environment, where time is money and late-to-market can be fatal. That’s why partnerships with rapid-response contract manufacturers is a necessity, to mitigate risks caused by delays in production or shipment and unanticipated demand spikes across the product’s lifecycle.
From design to request-for-quote, prototyping and market launch, a strategic, proactive strategy that safeguards the product manufacturing process is increasingly important. This article looks at ways to boost time-to-market by using cutting-edge tools to speed request-for-quote, product development, prototyping and pilot product, and a bridge to full production.