How a focus on the MRO procurement process can unlock significant cost savings

Maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) costs are a much bigger proportion of a company’s expenditure than stakeholders expect or understand. RS Components has conducted studies using its MRO data and unveiled a hidden 2:1 ratio for procurement costs versus product costs. Here, Didier Goguelin, RS Components country manager…

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RS targets manufacturing customers with reels

RS Components has introduced manufacturer standard packaging on a range of its interconnect and passive product lines including Panasonic and TE Connectivity.

Manufacturing customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) will be able to buy selection of thin film resistors, inductors and crimp terminals in full reel quantities to…

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NASA design contest 2014 launches

Mouser Electronics and Analog Devices are sponsoring the 12th annual NASA Tech Briefs magazine “Create the Future” Design Contest, which challenges engineers and students worldwide to create a product that benefits society and the economy.

Previous grand prize winning entries include a screening device to prevent food borne illness, a…

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Element14 runs inductive sensor design challenge with TI

element14 is inviting entries to a design competition called the Inductive Sensing Challenge.

All designe ntries must use the Texas Instruments LDC1000, inductance-to-digital converter.

Inductive sensing is a contactless, magnet-free sensing technology that can measure the position, motion, or composition of a metal or conductive target, as…

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Farnell targets production orders in strategy shift

Premier Farnell is going after small order production business as part of a major change to its distribution business, which is also seeing it become a design and manufacturing company.

The latest move, the planned acquisition of US-based design services company Avid Technologies for $13m continues a strategy which…

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Premier Farnell to buy US-based design services firm

Premier Farnell has agreed to acquire US-based design services company Avid Technologies for $13m.

Component distributors have for some time recognised the importance of providing design tools and engineering discussion groups to support the selling of components.

Premier Farnell has taken this a stage further and acquired a design…

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RS offers big volume 3D printers and scanners

RS Components has addded to the number of 3D printers it has available on its website.

In addition to the low-cost self-replicating Ormerod 3D printing kit, developed by RepRapPro, RS has available printers and scanners from supplier 3D Systems.

The Cube 3D printer is for printing small volume…

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Adlink buys German embedded PC firm Penta

Adlink Technology has announced the acquisition of Penta, a German manufacturer of medical embedded PC systems and monitors, for €5.4m.

“By leveraging Penta’s solid design methodology and manufacturing capabilities, Adlink’s medical product line can be effectively improved; this will also help to enable access to adjacent markets…

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