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Jon Barrett

Editor of Electronics Sourcing UK, North America and Europe

During his publishing career, Jon has continued to develop his mechanical, electronic and software skills ranging from recent qualifications in precision welding to the development of hosted business software.

What do I know about manufacturing?

As an editor, what do I know about manufacturing? Well, apart from the factories I’ve worked in, I consider MMG Publishing a manufacturing organisation. The only difference is raw materials: paper and ink, rather than metal and plastic. We have design, purchasing, manufacturing, sales and distribution departments. Engineers design products using CAD systems. We use DTP. Engineers digitally twin their products. Publishers do this via CMS and page turning applications. Engineers work to build resilient,…

Gather in Oxford for a design and purchasing extravaganza

Starting page 23 of this issue, readers of Electronics Sourcing have access to the first of three previews of MMG Publishing’s Electronic Component Show (ECS), taking place 19 September 2024 at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford. This 40-page section starts to provide an insight into the range of technologies, products and services that engineers and buyers attending the event can expect to experience. At the time of writing most stands are sold, meaning visitors will have…

Ups and downs of electronics distribution

I’ve come to the decision that the electronics industry is like no other when it comes to cyclical behavior. Just consider the cost of building and operating a leading-edge semiconductor fabrication plant with the retail price of the individual components it produces. Is there another comparable example? Then, consider the time it takes to design and manufacture a new semiconductor device compared with its expected life? With these and other variables, it is hardly surprising that…

John Denslinger

Editorial contributor to Electronics Sourcing

John Denslinger is a former executive VP Murata, president SyChip Wireless, and president/CEO ECIA, the industry’s trade association. His career has spannned up to 40 raw years in electronics.

Trucking needs technology boost

This month, John Denslinger highlights new standards impacting the design, manufacture and operation of heavy-duty trucks, then explores six areas of opportunity. The EPA recently finalized stronger national greenhouse gas pollution standards for heavy-duty vehicles specifically targeting freight trucks and Each contributes to lower fuel consumption. These standards apply to upcoming model years 2027 to 2032. Manufacturers tasked with balancing sustainability requirements and the quest for greater fuel efficiency have more visibility now, but the larger question might…

Data centers, AI’s lifeline

In this article, John Denslinger argues that good or bad, AI is fast becoming inseparable to human activity and AI’s lifeline is definitely the data center. For the past year, much has been written about the explosive growth of AI. The enablers are savvy hardware and software companies, often called the darlings of Wall Street. You know the names. They top the NASDAQ leader board almost daily. While these component companies garner headlines, data centers…

GenAI workplace trends

In this article, John Denslinger acknowledges that GenAI is still at trial phase, but the trend is clear—every organization, every employee can elevate performance. ‘Knowledge is power’—Sir Francis Bacon, Philosopher and Statesman (1597). Quite certain, Sir Francis never foresaw the degree of human achievement made possible with GenAI. With a few keystroke prompts, GenAI has given ordinary people easy access to massive data accumulations. Maybe the quote should be updated to say: ‘Knowledge is power,…