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Mouser Electronics Honored With Texas Proclamation As Employer Of Excellence

February 13, 2013 4:36 pm | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. was formally recognized with a State Proclamation from the Texas Senate for its economic and civic contributions and for being named the 2012 Employer of Excellence for Tarrant County. The Texas Senate proclamation specifically cites Mouser for its economic development, community giving and educational initiatives.

element14 Agrees To New Global Distribution Deal For Raspberry Pi

January 8, 2013 2:31 pm | News | Comments

element14, the leading high-service distributor of electronic components and home to the award-winning element14 Community, has also announced that it has now manufactured more than 500,000 Raspberry Pi’s since the launch in February last year. If that number of devices stood end to end, they would span 25.6 miles, a distance exceeding even the 24 miles Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner skydived last year.

Survey: Suppliers Confident, Manufacturers Concerned About Supply Chain

December 21, 2012 1:23 pm | News | Comments

While more than 75 percent of suppliers are confident in their ability to meet their customers’ needs in 2013, one-third of respondents to ASQ’s 2013 Manufacturing Outlook Survey say they anticipate a problem with a supplier next year, resulting in a shortage of parts or services.


Blue Giant Equipment Corporation Announces U.S. Expansion

December 21, 2012 10:08 am | News | Comments

Blue Giant Equipment Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of its U.S. operation, Blue Giant Equipment LLC, which is marked by the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Greensboro, North Carolina. Situated on Burnt Poplar Road in an industrial park in Greensboro, this new facility will provide Blue Giant with additional manufacturing space and favorable freight and lead-times to customers in that market.

Total Fleet Solutions And The Miner Corporation Join Forces

December 19, 2012 12:13 pm | News | Comments

Yesterday, Total Fleet Solutions, a portfolio company of CI Capital Partners, and The Miner Corporation announced that they have merged to form a leading provider of facilities services and asset management solutions for retail, distribution, manufacturing, health care and hospitality companies.

Eaton’s SmartWire-DT Panel Wiring Solution Now Available At Newark element14

December 12, 2012 3:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Eaton’s intelligent SmartWire-DT panel wiring solution offers industrial technicians and engineers a new time-saving alternative to speed the traditionally complex process of building control panels. Available for same-day shipping at leading electronics distributor Newark element14, a business of Premier Farnell.

Newark element14 Launches Industrial Automation Microsite

December 5, 2012 12:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Newark element14, the distributor of electronic components and engineering solutions in the Americas and a business of Premier Farnell (LSE:pfl), today launched an easy-to-use industrial automation microsite, developed to help engineers in design or plant maintenance roles more efficiently research and source products.

Newark element14’s “Dev Kit HQ” Advances Design With Easy-To-Use Selector

November 16, 2012 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Newark element14, a division of Premier Farnell, has expanded its Dev Kit HQ with a “quick find” online product selector that is designed to help engineers source the latest products by manufacturer and technology application.


Optimizing Space With The SpeedCell® Storage System

November 15, 2012 12:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SpeedCell storage system is a high-density warehouse storage system that saves time, saves space and saves money, according to the company. The system is made of an array of mobile vertical shelving columns made from anti-static, flame-retardant technical textiles that slide sideways to reveal more columns behind them.

Digi-Key Corporation and Touchstone Semiconductor Sign Global Distribution Agreement

October 19, 2012 4:54 pm | News | Comments

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry’s largest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, and Touchstone Semiconductor, a developer of high-performance, low power analog integrated circuit solutions, today announced the signing of a global distribution agreement in which Digi-Key will distribute all of Touchstone’s analog IC products.

U.S. Packaging Machinery Shipments Jump 19 Pct. In 2011

October 5, 2012 12:06 pm | News | Comments

Shipments of U.S. packaging machinery grew 19 percent in 2011, reaching US$7.7 billion, according to PMMI’s 2012 Shipments Study. PMMI’s annual research also shows total consumption in the United States climbing by 23 percent to US$8.8 billion. “Positive growth is always good news,” says Jorge Izquierdo, vice president, market development, PMMI.

Reid Supply Launches New Clamps And Workholding Mini-Catalog

October 2, 2012 9:57 am | | Product Releases | Comments

Reid Supply Company (Mukegon, Mich.) has released a 96-page catalog that includes details and purchasing information on toggle clamps, hold-down clamps, pull-action latch clamps, economy clamps, pneumatic clamps, hydraulic power workholding, grippers, vices and work positioners, c-clamps, bar clamps and many others.

U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Up In July But Sales Fell

September 12, 2012 10:37 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesalers increased their stockpiles in July from June, but sales fell for a third straight month. Declining sales could force companies to cut inventories in coming months, a troubling sign that economic growth could weaken. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that wholesale stockpiles grew 0.7 percent in July, the biggest increase in five months.


Cheaper Equipment Can Cost You More

September 7, 2012 1:55 pm | by Carol Thorsen, Manager of Inside Sales, Wynright Corp. | Articles | Comments

If you’re looking for a Sony video camera or a new Chevy Volt, or an authentic 1950s Wurlitzer “bubble” jukebox, Amazon and eBay great. But when it comes to purchasing warehouse and industrial supplies and equipment, the waters get a lot murkier.

To Scrap Or Not To Scrap

August 31, 2012 9:44 am | by Jason Howton, Director, U.S. Product Management, Take Supply Chain | Articles | Comments

Let’s look at ways these companies are turning part nonconformance into a strategic advantage through supplier collaboration and communication, effective workflow for short-term corrective actions, cause analysis, tracking, auditing and supplier relationship management (SRM) integration.

S&P Upgrades Outlook For Louisiana Pacific

August 30, 2012 3:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Standard and Poor's credit rating service upgraded building products supplier Louisiana-Pacific Corp. to "stable" from "negative," on Thursday, citing growth in the U.S. homebuilding market. S&P analysts warned that they could lower the company's rating if the housing recovery stalls.

The Right Track

August 23, 2012 1:56 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Inventory: Not always such a dirty word until cost pressures took to task the traditional storage and fulfillment methods of the average manufacturer. According to Grainger, an industrial supplier with a significant global footprint, manufacturers are moving to just-in-time inventory as much as possible to reduce excess spend on items that do not turn quickly.

Health Safety Advocates Want Melon Farm Identified

August 21, 2012 7:07 pm | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Advocacy groups said people have a right to know the farm's name and the details of its cantaloupe distribution network so they can protect their families from the outbreak that's killed two Kentucky residents and stricken at least 140 others, including about 30 who have been hospitalized.

Seeing The Forest And The Trees

August 20, 2012 9:46 am | by Jack Levis, Director of Process Management, UPS | Blogs | Comments

It’s important to understand that business analytics is a scientific approach to making decisions and is broken down into three forms: descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics. Descriptive analytics provide an accurate picture of what has happened. Predictive analytics enable an assumption about what will happen in the future or explain what has happened. Finally, prescriptive analytics shows the best course of action.

DGI Supply To Acquire Tool & Abrasive Supply, Inc.

August 17, 2012 2:36 pm | News | Comments

Bill Henricks, Chief Operating Officer of DoALL Company, stated, “The merging of these two exceptional teams will further fuel our success in Southern California. This blend will provide a broader range of support and resources for our customers. With Tool & Abrasive’s dedicated team, we look forward to delivering the same great products and service our customers have come to depend on for decades.”

Using Supplier Score Cards To Improve Profitability

August 13, 2012 11:04 am | by Shawn Dennison, CPA, CMA, Vice President of Finance, Cerro Wire | Articles | Comments

Using supplier score cards and comparison tools can inject more reason into a purchasing decision, which can optimize both cost and lead time.

Grainger Reports 11 Pct. Increase In July Sales

August 10, 2012 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Organic daily sales — those from existing rather than newly acquired or sold businesses — rose 8 percent on higher sales and volumes compared with a year earlier.

Enhanced Workflow Technologies Allow Closer Management

August 7, 2012 1:41 pm | by Mike Schmidt. Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Luckily for distributors, the ongoing evolution of enhanced ERP and workflow technologies has helped them better fulfill some of their basic needs; most notably allowing them to closely manage each and every step of the distribution process. These are also helping distributors to better manage warehouse workflow, automate purchasing, streamline work process, and improve inventory management.

Plex Online Partners With Pacejet To Provide Better Shipping

July 30, 2012 10:04 am | News | Comments

Plex Systems Inc., provider of Plex Online, Cloud ERP for manufacturers, today announced the deployment of the Pacejet multi-carrier shipping and logistics technology at Vornado Air, the industry leader in air flow technology product manufacturing.

Genesee & Wyoming Pay $1.39B For RailAmerica

July 23, 2012 10:02 am | News | Comments

Genesee & Wyoming said Monday that it will buy RailAmerica for about $1.39 billion in a deal that combines the two largest short-line and regional rail operators in North America.

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