At the heart of the modern economy is the semi-conductor, and the United States is the world’s leader in producing the tiny microchips. Now China is seeking by fair means and foul to challenge America’s preeminence.
Imagine a 176-pound (80 kilogram) pile of discarded products with a battery or plug in your living room. That’s how much e-waste the average American household of four throws out every year.
Suppliers on defense contracts are worried about how they will meet a
new cybersecurity regulation that goes into effect at the beginning of
components are now a real concern in electronics assembly, not just for
expensive items but more and more for lower-costing components. Many
involved in PCB assembly will admit to having received counterfeit components in the past, and/or know someone who has.
Military equipment is expected to have a service life of decades so
designing new systems requires the use of state-of-the-art Integrated
Circuit technology to really maximize system performance and
capabilities, yet this work sits sometimes uncomfortably alongside
efforts to support and maintain legacy systems that are up to 30 years
Battelle has won two fresh R&D contracts with the US Department of
Defense to help keep fake electronics out of the military supply chain.
It’s hard to quantify the cost of counterfeiting to the electronics
manufacturing industry. Having started by simply replacing the printed
identification on low cost devices with that of much higher cost item,
the counterfeiters have steadily become more sophisticated in the way
they capitalize on the complexities and the supply chain.
The U.S. manufacturing sector is poised to close 2017 as a year of
expansion. Despite back-to-back hurricanes that disrupted a major center
of oil and chemical processing and shipping in the late summer, U.S.
production increased by nearly 3 percent in November to 63.9 percent,
setting the nation’s factory index at 58.2 percent.
Products with a “long tail” are often cited as good, steady moneymakers.
After all, once your product-development and tooling costs are
amortized — typically within a year or so — the margins on those
products really go up.
WASHINGTON – The crackdown on counterfeiting intensified this week as
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) welcomed Intellectual
Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) industry representatives from
multiple sectors, and IP enforcers from across the federal government,