Robots Among Us

    05/11/2017 Michael Knight in: TTI Insights

    In 2016, using various main stream news sources, I began capturing interesting technology developments that I thought would be important drivers of the on-going demand for electronic components. My objective was to build out some material to share during the TTI Breakfast Briefing at EDS to support my optimistic projections for the electronics industry. I wasn’t far into the project when some common themes became obvious.

    Supply Chain Optimization for Programs Large – and Small

    01/13/2017 Cynthia Bova in: TTI Insights

    A conversation with Cynthia Bova, Regional Supply Chain Manager – Great Lakes and Northeast

    Industry Projections Call for Dramatic Growth of Antenna Market

    11/16/2016 Robert Rosania in: TTI Insights

    The antenna market is experiencing significant growth, with industry projections calling for a far more dramatic increase over the next few years. This article will explore some key antenna market drivers, along with TTI’s strong portfolio of superior antenna manufacturers and solutions.

    Connector Technology Innovation for Harsher Environments

    10/04/2016 Lee Iken in: TTI Insights

    Connector manufacturers are taking advantage of slower demand in the heavy-duty Class 8 truck and bus markets to make significant investments in new product development

    Passive trends: IoT revolution drives miniaturization

    09/20/2016 Mike Wood in: TTI Insights

    Given that passive components make up the greatest percentage of the physical space on the circuit board, it’s no surprise that miniaturization is the dominant trend in passive technologies. Increasingly, chip manufacturers require smaller package designs that deliver the same capacitance or resistance as their former larger versions. Passives manufacturers are complying with this demand by offering extended value ranges in smaller package designs. For example, buyers can now source multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCC) with specs of 2.2uF capacitance and a 10 volts rating in the smaller 0201 package size versus the formerly common 0402 size.

    When it Comes to Counterfeit Part Prevention, Semantics Matter

    08/02/2016 Kevin Sink in: TTI Insights

    The legislation put forth in the 2012 and 2013 National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA) has gradually solidified into law resulting in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) which is now considered the standard for counterfeit prevention. While these measures have reduced the risk of counterfeit parts flooding the supply chain, the specific terminology in the published DFAR regulations have caused confusion and misinterpretation because they lack some common industry terminology.

    Sensor Efficiency and Accuracy Were Key Interests at Sensors Expo and Conference

    07/12/2016 Brian Wellhouse in: TTI Insights

    TTI Specialists attended and exhibited at the recent Sensors Expo and Conference in San Jose, California. The three-day industry event focused exclusively on sensors and sensor-integrated systems, a rapidly growing market segment. The Sensor Expo is the leading event in North America for examining solutions to present challenges and exploring sensing technologies driving tomorrow’s solutions. MarketEYE sat down with Brian Wellhouse to get his key insights from the show.

    The Third Wave in IT: Thing to Thing Communication

    06/30/2016 Michael Knight in: TTI Insights

    No matter what you call it – the Internet of Things (IoT), the third wave, or my personal favorite Thing-to-Thing Communication (T3COM) – there’s no denying that we are on the cusp of a major transformation. Devices of all sorts are now connected in ways only previously envisioned in sci-fi films. And, the development of T3COM is generating a demand for component parts, including sensors, connectors, capacitors and semiconductors.

    Circuit Protection Snapshot: the Trends Influencing Demand

    06/16/2016 Pat Denton in: TTI Insights

    While the need for circuit protection dates back to the origin of electronic devices, circuit protection devices have evolved to meet new technology demands. Circuit protection provides reliability and remains mission-critical in the product lifecycle. If a device experiences damaging surges of voltage or current caused by lightning strikes, electrostatic discharge (ESD) or inductive load switching, it can lead to end-of-life for the device. Circuit protection also helps guarantee safety as it protects from catastrophic events that could cause fires.

    Reshoring is the New Offshoring – But it’s Not Just a U.S. Trend

    06/13/2016 Rick Harvey in: TTI Insights

    The offshoring trend that has dominated manufacturing footprint strategy for the last 30 years was based on solid benefits: lower labor costs, access to raw materials, inexpensive rent, etc. However, many factors such as the significant travel involved in managing overseas business, proximity to the U.S. market, perpetually shifting regulations and intellectual property concerns are significant deterrents for companies to offshore their manufacturing lines. OEMs with constantly scaling or smaller volumes find it especially hard to justify the hassle and expense involved in offshoring. As a result, many OEMs are reversing the trend and moving to a reshoring strategy, and they have sound rationale for doing so. While the United States manufacturing industry has plenty to celebrate with this trend, the movement is more broadly focused on North America as a whole, and Mexico is an especially attractive location for manufacturers.

    What’s Driving Your Board? Sensor Technology is a Design-In Consideration

    05/17/2016 Brian Wellhouse in: TTI Insights

    Static objects are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Connected devices are now a way of life: wearable technology that detects an oncoming seizure, street lamps that measure traffic patterns to improve energy efficiency and homes that creates the perfect environment of temperature, lighting, music, etc. before the owner arrives home. Common objects are now required to sense, capture and communicate data. IDC estimates that by 2020 there will be 30 billion internet-connected, sensor-enabled objects and another 182 billion that could easily be enabled. When the term “Internet of Things” was coined a few years ago, it seems like a rather abstract.

    Faster and Hotter: Commercial Vehicle Market Calls for Harsh Environment Resistant Components

    05/12/2016 Quang Luong in: TTI Insights

    Stricter emissions requirements are driving a lot of changes for commercial vehicle (CV) OEMs that are in turn escalating the need for components that are resistant to harsh environments. OEMs are redesigning engines that reduce emissions and those designs have a material impact on the considerations they must give to a number of different exposure factors, including temperature, vibration, and exposure to moisture or chemicals.

    Leading Edge Technology, Soft Demand and Distribution Strategy are Biggest Influencers

    04/12/2016 Lew LaFornara in: TTI Insights

    As we close the first quarter of 2016, TTI’s Lew LaFornara, VP Supplier Marketing and Product Management, takes a look at trends for the connectors industry.

    Market conditions are essentially what the electronics sourcing industry expected for this year. Relatively weak end-market demand and only a mildly positive economic outlook have created a basically flat market for connectors. The ongoing weakening demand that started in Q2 2015 and continued throughout the balance of last year has resulted in the leaning of the supply chains of both component manufacturers and OEMs. Most supply chain strategies are currently focused on cost reduction rather than dealing with excess inventory or capacity.

    Stay Safe in a Lean Market

    03/22/2016 Jeff Ray in: TTI Insights

    Passive product supply chains are increasingly lean and it is expected they will remain tight for the remainder of 2016. Suppliers are right-sizing their businesses by streamlining capacity, reducing costs and funneling remaining capital back into their businesses. While the cost of many raw materials has gone down, the overall cost of doing business has risen for many suppliers, a trend most attribute to rising workforce costs, especially in China.

    Customers are faced with similar challenges and purchasers are increasingly applying pricing pressure on distributors and suppliers. Both component manufacturers and OEMs are closely managing inventories and stocking only the quantities they need to cover short- to mid-term requirements.

    Dive Deep into Supply Chain Optimization

    02/15/2016 Drew Curtis in: TTI Insights

    Optimizing the supply chain is one of the most effective things a company can do to improve its bottom line. Drilling down deep inside logistics resources, identifying potential issues before they happen, and discovering new opportunities for efficiency and optimization, all provide valuable insights into everything from shipping costs and inventory carrying costs, to production scheduling and total cost of acquisition.

    Impact cost of ownership

    Most companies understand these fundamental processes for reducing costs, but how far is your company actually going?

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