There's vigorous — and at times emotional — argument surrounding strategies for insourcing, outsourcing, near sourcing or keeping it in-house. The argument really shouldn’t focus on the fervent and at times politically-tinged abstractions of what flag flies over the factory, but rather what’s best for your business.
Here at Manufacturing Revival Radio, we never shy away from the fact that we love industrial distributors. The problem solving and solution finding that these companies perform everyday never ceases to amaze us. Today we spoke with Ray Blashill, President of J.H. Bennett & Company, to gain insight into a fantastic industrial distributor.
The Eglin, Ill.-based HELUKABEL USA has announced that is German parent company has brought its expanded global logistics center, a $50 million project, online for the first time. The facility in Hemmingen will double the company’s warehousing capacity and better enable it to provide rapid order delivery to customers worldwide.
Apriso today introduced its Packaging Solution for Global Manufacturers, with the aim of helping them manage complex packaging operations and conversion processes. The company says that manufacturers that implement this solution will have up-to-the-minute visibility into plant floor systems, process and performance.
KSD is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and currently has more than 1,300 customers throughout the EU, with a focus on Norway and other Scandinavian countries. The company also holds offices in Sweden, Denmark, and The Netherlands. Descartes says the all-cash purchase was NOK 190 million ($33 million USD).
The Baltimore, Md.-based mobility solutions provider Barcoding, Inc., has today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Miles Technologies, Inc., based in Lake Zurich, Ill., to increase its presence in the central U.S. and expand its RFID offerings.
If you need a better grip on the notion of “think globally, act locally,” Charlie Post, the President of TSI Solutions is a great source. This leader of a Stone Mountain, GA based industrial distributor, while maintaining a tight focus on serving customers in his home state, also keeps the solutions he sells in the context of the global economy.
The driving force behind this trend is simply illegal financial gain. Unfortunately, it is neither new nor uncommon. In fact, the items most commonly counterfeited are not necessarily electronics. Recently there was an uncovering of counterfeit (and substandard) nuts and bolts sold to the military for widespread use across the armed forces.
Pricing and current availability data are instantly visible by hovering over a part number, and one click takes the user into a detailed information page with access to 24/5 live technical support and a shopping cart.
Spacesaver Industrial explains how industrial users can take existing racking equipment and mobilize it for more effective storage and accessibility. See how the ActiveRAC system allows for cost reduction via its condensed storage capability, allowing expanding businesses to take back the square footage they need for production.
The aim of REACH is to improve and ensure the safe use of chemicals, and the one of the things that REACH does is make all parties in the supply chain — from manufacturers, distributors through to downstream users — directly responsible for the safety of the chemical substances they handle. One area where this has caused changes is the shipping of chemicals and in particular, the requirements for documentation in the supply chain.
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, 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.
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 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.
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 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, 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, 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.
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.
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.
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 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. 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.
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.