Jabil Experts in the News is a collection of external articles that include interviews with – or were written by – Jabil employees across a broad range of topics and markets. Check back often to read the latest from Jabil’s experts.
Published by IndustryWeek, May 2015
Manufacturers will face in the next 5 years a period of the “most transformative, most disruptive” change in recent memory, Bill Muir, the chief operating officer of Jabil Inc., told attendees in a keynote address at the Best Plants Conference in Charlotte. This transformation will be fueled by massive changes in demographics, IT systems and factory automation.
Published by QMED, April 2015
Medical device companies and their manufacturing service partners frequently leverage temporary labor in order to keep their operations efficient and cost-effective. It’s also common for projects to ramp-up so quickly that the only way a medical device company can effectively accommodate the needs of their clients is by using temporary labor.
Published by CIO Review, April 2015
When thinking about recent rends like "The Digital Enterprise" or "Internet of Things," I often try to find a common link or simple way to communicate how these trends are changing the way business is supported by IT. I believe that the easiest way to explain the effect of big data, cloud, analytics and IOT on IT is to focus on business process and the changes that are needed to support this ever changing landscape.
Posted by Supply and Demand Chain Executive, February 2015
Clearly and compellingly articulating the risk factors, mechanisms and value of a supply chain is a core challenge that any product or logistics company faces. This is because supply chain management is a complicated business comprising any number of complex factors. These include internal challenges, such as the need to support product customization or personalization, meet aggressive product launch dates, and shorten product lifecycles, as well as external factors like tough geopolitical conditions, and mass globalization and exploitation.
Posted by Micro Manufacturing, February 2015
Many of the products we touch have the potential to include electronics. With integrated electronics, passive products can do much more than just contain or display something. They can sense, communicate and modulate, or, in other words, be smart.
Posted by The PCB Magazine, November 2014
Think about your last doctor's appointment. You probably had your blood pressure taken and blood drawn for routine tests. Your doctor may have listened to your heart with a stethoscope and then referred you to the hospital for an electrocardiogram (EKG). There, a nurse pasted electrodes on your chest so a machine the size of an office printer could record the electrical activity of your heart. All a necessary part of your wellness routine, but you had to take a day off work and endure a little pain in the process.
Posted by EBN, November 5, 2014
Risk is nothing new to the average supply chain. Supply chain managers think about it, talk about it, and hopefully plan for it. Industry changes, though, are increasing the complexity of the risk management picture. It's time to face it head on, according to at least one industry leading company.
Posted by Quality Magazine, November 4, 2014
Until now the power of seeing through walls has been reserved for superheroes with x-ray vision. This meant that manufacturers of plastic and composite components often had to cut or break apart a product or prototype to measure and analyze internal features and identify discrepancies.
Posted by Occupational Health & Safety, November 3, 2014
The foundation of lean manufacturing is kaizen, or continuous improvement. Although this principle usually targets manufacturing processes (reduced waste, greater efficiency, etc.) it can also extend to the people who plan and implement the lean projects. These individuals often grow professionally and personally as a result of the new skills and experiences they acquire by leading or participating in a project.
Posted by IndustryWeek, September 8, 2014
"Manufacturing is what we do. We build stuff. We take a lot of pride in that and we're pretty good at it." What Jabil Circuit (IW 1000/254) CEO Mark Mondello doesn't say, but perhaps should, is that you have to be good to survive in the manufacturing territory his company occupies. Jabil Circuit (the name comes from founders Bill Morean and James Golden) began as an electronics assembly repair shop in Detroit in 1966. Today, the contract manufacturer has annual revenues of more than $18 billion, operates in 22 countries and works for some of the most prominent and demanding companies in the world. The client roster includes Apple, GE, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, Siemens and HP.
Posted by MED Device Online, June 18, 2014
Visent Avxhi with 3D ProScan (a division of NyproMold) spent some time on day one of the MD&M East exhibition to tell attendees about 3D CT scanning capabilities. This technology allows medical device manufacturers to measure and validate products made from plastics and other low-density materials. Watch the video to learn more and see if this technology can help you to identify design issues and production discrepancies, ensure lot-to-lot consistency, and make detailed and accurate measurements of your device’s internal components.
Posted by Medical Design, June 9, 2014
Electronics are permeating many medical devices that, to date, have been strictly mechanical in function. Integrating electronics allows the addition of functions and features such as imaging, sensing and monitoring to previously functionally passive devices. Until now tasked with only moving fluids or materials, these devices are now empowered to move data. Electronics integration allows the communication of data from devices that were previously not connected.
Posted by SAE International, May 2014
Historically, the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) market has been dominated by military applications from surveillance to active engagement. In the near term, the market’s military focus is expected to continue. However, with projected growth from around $6 billion today to nearly $12 billion in 2023 (according to the Teal Group), large-scale commercial adaptation is not only possible, but likely.
Posted by MPO Magazine, May 2014
Medical devices companies - large and small alike - are increasingly pushed and pulled by a host of ever evolving financial, regulatory and market forces. These firms over time have learned to depend on manufacturing partners to get their products to market quicker, more efficiently and at a lower cost.
Posted by Clean Technica, March 2014
Carbon emissions reduction is among the top objectives for corporate environmental management programs. Not only is the environmental impact of greenhouse gases familiar and visible to the public, it carries a high potential for future regulation. In addition, lowering carbon emissions often goes hand-in-hand with energy cost-cutting, which can provide a critical business advantage.
Posted by Plastics Today, March 22, 2014
The Medtech hub in Massachusetts is second in the nation only to California, with more than 400 medical device firms calling the state home. These companies range from well known multinationals such as Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson's DePuy to a multitude of startups.
Posted by Supply Chain World, March 2014
Although Jabil has an extensive history in designing and building electronics, there are significant revenue dollars generated from solutions with zero electronic content. From regulated industries such as healthcare and defense through high-volume time-to-market consumer products, Jabil has built a solution that allows this highly complex set of supply chains to be managed.
Posted by Medical Product Outsourcing, February 2014
Medical electronics companies seize the day with new 3D printing and right-sizing opportunities. 3D printing has received some significant press and additive manufacturing has made the most amount of progress in terms of commercial availability of solutions.
Published in Electronic Sourcing North America, February 14, 2014
At Jabil, managing supply chain risk is key to the company's business model and is indicative of how the requirements of Jabil's customers have changed. "Our engagement model has morphed dramatically," according to Bill Muir. Muir also noted that now an ideal engagement starts at the concept stage and continues through the sourcing and manufacturing phases.
Posted by Plastics Today, February 18, 2014
Expanding the use of 3D X-ray computed tomography (CT) to develop next-generation medical devices and building a deeper, more collaborative bench of support services were the primary talking points at the Nypro Healthcare (Clinton, MA) booth at last week's MD&M West show in Anaheim, CA. The global healthcare design and manufacturing services provider had a ready audience at the largest medical manufacturing event in North America.
Posted by Medical Design, January 7, 2014
The term "miniaturization" is widely accepted as a definitively positive step in product development. Medical devices are no exceptions, as continual miniaturization of medical devices has been seeping into the DNA of the healthcare thought process. But, the fact is smaller is not always necessary, or better. This constant push toward further miniaturization is misguided. We should alter our approach to ensure our focus is on appropriate sizing instead.
Posted by Utility Horizons Quarterly, December 2013
The Smart Grid is proving it’s no longer the flash in the pan that many people thought it would be. While the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and other state-level funding programs helped trigger numerous pilots across North America, these early-stage efforts implemented several technologies that were not quite ready for prime time.
Posted by Manufacturing Automation, November 15, 2013
Automation is not new to electronics manufacturing. One example is the sustained market success of the semiconductor industry using a lights-out manufacturing environment, wherein a factory is fully operated by machines and robotics without the need of humans on-site.
Posted by Electronics360, October 08, 2013
A new generation of robotics technology has the potential to improve consumer electronics manufacturing, lessening its dependence on low-cost human labor and possibly setting the stage for a substantial geographical shift in the electronics manufacturing base.
Posted by Wired Insights, October 24, 2013
Whether the task is providing information at an airport or selling products at an intelligent vending machine, a new breed of virtual mannequins are there to help.
Posted by Medical Product Outsourcing (MPO), October 16, 2013
Dr. Richard Lee’s vision was clear from the very beginning. He envisaged a practical use of his doctorate-endorsed proficiency in experimental economics (i.e., the study of economic theory and markets through controlled laboratory experiments); he fancied switching careers; and perhaps most importantly, he imagined himself fulfilling his childhood dream of working in medicine.
Posted by SupplyChainHQ, September 11, 2013
When it comes to managing supplier quality, electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers are on the front line. After all, EMS providers build the equipment on behalf of OEM customers and have the responsibility of purchasing quality components and materials from suppliers.
Posted by Design News, September, 2013
Posted by Military & Aerospace Electronics, September 2013
Counterfeiting is an increasing problem in aerospace and defense supply chains. To combat this issue, aerospace and defense manufacturers can leverage the expertise of global manufacturing services providers.
In February 2012, the General Accounting Office (GAO) submitted a report on its investigation into suspected counterfeit military-grade electronic parts found on Internet purchasing sites, which may have entered the Department of Defense supply chain.
Posted by Wind Systems Magazine, September 2013
Last year was a banner year for wind power by virtually every measure. Globally, 2012 saw the addition of 40 GW of wind energy capacity. The United States alone accounted for nearly one third of that, with 13.1 GW—a new record. The surge has been largely attributed to uncertainty over extension of the production tax credit and the rush to complete projects by year-end. By the time Congress finally extended the credit in January, new installations had already begun to slow and last year’s boom is not likely to be repeated. While installations in 2013 are expected to remain flat, the outlook is more optimistic for 2014, as projects initiated in the coming year reach the production stage
Posted by Inbound Logistics, August 22, 2013
When a company makes product for another manufacturer, the supplier always stands at least two steps removed from the end customer who uses the product. That poses a significant challenge, says Fred Hartung, Vice President, Supply Chain Solutions and Logistics at Jabil Circuit, a St. Petersburg, Fla.-based contract manufacturer with facilities and customers around the world.
Posted by Design News, August 2013
Need a train ticket, DVD, or even a slice of pizza? Increasingly, you’ll make that purchase from an automated kiosk controlled from afar by a cadre of managers analyzing cloud-based data. This invasion of automated sales clerks has become so pervasive that kiosk-based transactions in North America alone are expected to hit $1 trillion next year, according to the IHL research group.
Posted by Pega on August, 2013
In this edition of the Build for Change Digest, Jabil's Director, Lean Six Sigma, Gerry McCool discusses how Jabil is using advanced Business Process Management software that incorporates workflow automation, data mining, data analytics, dashboards and enterprise integration to build on their organization's success with Lean Six Sigma. Listen to the podcast now.
Posted by PCB Magazine on August, 2013
Printed electronics is considered by many international technologists to be a platform for manufacturing innovation. Its rich portfolio of advanced multi-functional, nano-designed materials, scalable ambient processes and high-volume manufacturing technologies lends itself to offer an opportunity for sustained manufacturing innovation. This paper provides an overview of the internationally recognized IPC Printed Electronics Standards initiative, which has demonstrated its ability to provide leadership to the emerging field of Printed Electronics by implementing a standards development structure that does not impede creativity for sustained printed electronics.
Posted by MPO on July 31, 2013
The first part of this series (published in the June issue of Medical Product Outsourcing) discussed how mobile technology and the medical device market have collided to create exciting and unique opportunities for companies ready to seize them. In this final installment, we will address how collaboration with partners in the value chain can help provide highly desired, differentiated and valued products and services that drive more effective patient outcomes and contribute to lower healthcare costs.
Posted by MPO on June 14, 2013
Around the world, healthcare systems are going through unprecedented tectonic changes driven by vital initiatives aimed at containing unsustainable rises in healthcare costs and extending access to care. Government legislation, which includes major changes to insurance, payment and reimbursement structures, is prompting every player in the healthcare value chain to re-evaluate how more effective care can be delivered to more patients at lower cost.
Posted by Design News on June 20, 2013
Traffic’s heavy, the fog is growing thicker, and you need to find a restaurant for an important meeting in a strange city. That scenario would amount to a triple threat to any harried driver, but with a head-up display (HUD) projected in front of you, you’re easily guided to the unfamiliar restaurant. The HUD could be coupled with other technologies, to track your speed and/or warn you of potential collision threats. This all occurs without you having to take your eyes off the road.
Posted by Design News on May 30, 2013
If there's one overriding fact about engineering in the 21st century, it's this: Everything is connected. The silos that once pigeonholed engineering specialties are fast disappearing, and the everyday tasks of engineers are increasingly calling for a blend of skills. For example, more product designs involve mechatronics, a field that calls for expertise in mechanics, electronics, control systems, and software programming.
Posted by Design News on May 15, 2013
Many electronics OEMs spend considerable time and devote considerable resources identifying and eliminating risks in their supply chains.
Posted by Design News on April 26, 2013
You're running late and craving that morning coffee, but the long line in front of the barista makes you want to turn around and go without. People are fumbling for change or dragging out debit cards, even for small purchases. Isn't there a better way to pay for something?.
Posted by USA Today on March 20, 2013
When Ford Motor shows off the latest version of its hybrid car at an Atlanta auto show this month, its drive train and other key parts will be products of a new development process that's taken hold across Corporate America and the world.
Posted by Design News on March 7, 2013
For decades, vending technology seemingly changed little from an ancient Egyptian device that dispensed holy water at the drop of coin. Until recently, many modern-day machines still followed the same principle: Deposit your money and a mechanism releases your candy bar, soda, or bag of chips.
Posted by Design News on March 7, 2013
Facing multiple challenges including cost pressure, global competition, and evolving market demands, medical device companies may consider engaging with a design and manufacturing services company to achieve important goals.
Posted by EDN on January 23, 2013
Emerging markets such as renewable energy, plug-in electric vehicles and smart grids are driving new demand for power electronics of ever-shrinking size, weight and cost that can boost performance in operating environments of challenging harshness.
Posted by Supply & Demand Chain Executive on January 8, 2013
Effectively managing a supply chain, especially if it’s global, is a highly complex undertaking. Not only does a company have to concern itself with its own business goals—such as cost control and efficiency—it must also ensure customer satisfaction to provide timeliness, quality, consistency and service.