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Workplace upper hand

In the face of a changing economy, John Denslinger encourages employers to value the people they have; employees to maximise their productive; and new hires to be flexible. Office productivity in the American workplace is second to none. For years, tech companies invested heavily in computational power, interactive systems, decision tools and global communication links allowing worker productivity to soar. That trend continues today as companies accelerate investments in cloud services and massive data storage to capture billions of vital data points from digital mining, IoT inputs and AI applications. One might say it’s the perfect blend of man and…

Will transport undermine supply continuity?

John Denslinger asks whether America’s transportation links could undermine supply continuity just when the electronics industry needs it the most There is an old adage describing resilience and persistence in the face of adversity: ‘bend, not break’. Unfortunately, when it comes to global supply lines, the opposite seems our destiny: ‘break, not bend’. US global supply chains once considered the ultimate in cost effectiveness, flexibility and reliability are procurement headaches. Today, nothing seems normal or consistent about everyday movement of raw materials, supplies and finished goods.  How robust are America’s transportation links? A supplier’s lifeline relies on transportation certainty whether…

West Coast ports— the supply chain migraine

With West Coast gateways processing 60 per cent of goods shipped from Asia,  John Denslinger explores contract negotiations and the importance of automation. Just as global supply problems seem to be easing, maybe not. Negotiations seeking a new multiyear agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) opened in early May. On 1 July, the current West Coast Port contract expired with no agreement in place. Undoubtably, wages, job security and automation will be the most contentious issues at the center of any deal. Talks are expected to linger. Fortunately, sanity reigns for…

Unravelling global supply chains, a catalyst for smart factories

John Denslinger explores the idea that the cost savings offered by smart factories, Industry 4.0 and AI lay the foundations for a new generation of localized supply chains. Since the early 1980s, global supply chains were developed with cost minimization as the driving force. Given that as the prime metric, success was commonplace and adoption flourished. In the decades that followed, combined advancements in systems, communication technology and transportation modes helped spearhead more complex multinational networks further lowering operational and procurement costs. The ability to build anywhere, in any country, across any region seemed limitless. It was limitless until a…

Smart-home: it’s a matter of time

Using his own experience planning and integrating a Smart-home, John Denslinger, is looking forward to new device compatibility technology due in 2022. Forty years in the electronics industry and still fascinated by innovative technology: how great is that? So, when I decided to build a new house in 2021, I knew it had to be Smart. Typically, I wouldn’t expound on a personal activity, but the experience produced some real eye-openers worthy of honest, technical discussion. Planning a Smart-home was easy, integrating one was not. The market is flooded with products covering every imaginable function and under-estimating the importance of…

Quest for sustainable electronics

As consumers escalate environmental, social and governance expectations for publicly traded companies, John Denslinger argues there is only one downside: failure to act. ESG, carbon neutral, zero emissions, e-waste, sustainability and similar environmental stewardship labels are more than just talking points in company boardrooms and investment communities. Maybe it was the pandemic that elevated consciousness and the social value of safeguarding the health/safety of employees, workplace, consumer and environment. To be that socially responsible is not a small undertaking. It requires unconditional resource allocation and perhaps a total revamp of business. One only needs to look at the epic investment…

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