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7 Potholes along the REACH road to global supply chains

REACH is a major driver for a more integrated approach to compliance with entire supply chains coming together to facilitate ..
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Former IKEA exec Goran Carstedt on corporate change and why HR fails

Creating is very different from problem solving. In problem solving, we seek to make something we do not want to go away. In creation, we seek to make something we truly care about to come into existence. That implies a very different way of thinking. We need to use back-casting from sustainability principles, because forecasting…
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REACH: Seven (7) steps to better pre-registration

Determine which substances are exempt from registration: Substances manufactured / imported in quantities less than 1 ton per year, such as radioactive substances; waste substances, are all covered by exemptions which eliminate the need for registration. After you have conducted…
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RoHS: Ask your EMS provider these five questions


Even if you have an excellent RoHS program and your EMS provider has an excellent RoHS compliance process, all it takes is one component for a product to be non-compliant. What is your EMS provider’s process if a non-compliant part is found on finished boards?
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Wall Street on EMS vs. ODM market share and market segments

Wall Street discusses EMS vs. ODM market share, various market segments, emerging market opportunities and …

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3 Myths about REACH you need to know

REACH does provide a variety of exemptions for certain products and applications. For example, if you sell a printed circuit board, the same circuit board may be used in automobiles (not exempt), medical electronics devices in direct contact with human body (exempt) and in airplanes (possibly exempt on a case-by-case basis in some EU Member States if a specific defense exemption is granted).
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Gary Shapiro on consumer electronics trends and the CEA

The Consumer Electronics Association CEO says consumer electronics industry executives continue to work toward selling the ‘experience’ rather than simply …
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China’s risk: Bubbles burst, that’s what they do

Combined, all of these issues, and many others are becoming fault lines in the foundation that has allowed China to recover from the economic …

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Trends reveal test engineering challenges to balance timelines and budgets

Test engineers in industries ranging from aerospace and defense to consumer electronics face complicated testing. One issue facing engineers is that test instrumentation is not updated as rapidly as the devices being tested. Functionality of these complex devices is being defined by the software embedded in them, such as…
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Acquisition gives Flextronics expanded global footing and capabilities

Until recently, Flextronics’ largest market segment was mobile phones, which accounted for over 30% of revenue. With the acquisition of Solectron this changes the entire landscape of the EMS, and ODM, industries.
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