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Industry News Wrap-Up January 11-15, 2016

Smart Home Devices

Year-Over- Year Sales for Smart Home Devices Predicted to Double

ABI Research recently released a report revealing that sales for smart home devices are expected to double by 2017.  Smart home devices include in-home security systems, phone/internet integration, thermostats, and even smart clocks.

Thanks to several consecutive years of building a strong foundation for this market, wide adaptation in the industry is expected to cause impressive growth in sales. Some of the top vendors in the smart home industry include AT&T, Vivint, and ADT. Click here to learn more.


SpaceX vs Boeing

Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases Annual Report for NASA

This past week, the Aerospace Space Advisory Panel (ASAP) released its 2015 annual report reviewing NASA’s overall safety performance. The report touches on NASA’s accomplishments in 2015, current funding analysis, as well as any concerns over missions in 2015.

According to the 2015 report, ASAP believes that the healthy and steady competition between Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) plays an integral part in the advancement and improvement of safety technology in NASA programs. To read through the 42 page report click here.


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Industry News Wrap-Up January 3-8, 2016

Consumer Electronics Show 2016

This week was all about the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. As always the show was a chance for electronics manufacturers to showcase the latest and most innovative products coming to market. The show started January 6th and runs through January 9th. CES 2016 highlights included:

LG Rollable OLED Display

LG’s Rollable OLED Display

LG”s paper thin 18 inch display features 1200×810 HD resolution and can be safely rolled to a radius of 3cm.  LG hopes to bring rollable displays as large as 55 inches to market in near future.  Learn more

ili Translator - CES 2016

Ili Translator

Ili is a wearable translation device that translates conversations in real time. Users speak into the device, Ili translates the phase and outputs the phrase in the selected language through built-in speakers.  Ili uses a library of around 50,000 words and phrases and offers translation in English, Chinese, and Japanese. Learn more

DAQRI Smart Helmet - CES 2016

DAQRI Smart Helmet

Designed for construction and industrial workers, the DAQRI smart helmet offers augmented reality to help workers solve complex problems. One of the key features of the DAQRI helmet is X-ray like vision that allows users to see inside objects using diagrams and drawings. Learn more


bisco is proud to supply the building blocks of innovation to manufacturers across the consumer electronics industry. We look forward to continuing to push the boundaries of technology with our clients in 2016.

Industry News Wrap Up: December 14-18, 2015

Here’s a look at a couple of the top stores in the aerospace, semiconductor, and consumer electronics industries this past week.

Vehicle Charging Expected to Boost Semiconductor Industry

IHS Technology reported that semiconductor industry revenues attributed to vehicle charging stations reached $44 million in 2014 and are expected to reach $233 million by 2019. The push towards sustainable technology will continue to present opportunities to supply chain members in the semiconductor and electronics industries in the coming years.

Apple Names New COO

On Thursday, Apple announced that company veteran Jeff Williams will become the next COO. Williams joined Apple in 1998 as head of worldwide procurement and in 2004 he was named VP of Operations. Williams played a key role in Apple’s entry into the mobile phone market with the launch of iPhone® and Apple’s first wearable product, Apple Watch®.

China Southern Airlines Commits to Purchase 100+ Boeing Planes

China Southern Airlines has committed to purchase 30 Boeing 737NGs and 50 737 MAXs, valued at $8.4 billion. Its Xiamen Airlines subsidiary will also be purchasing 30 737 MAXs. According to China Southern, Boeing will take back thirteen 757s and three 737-300s as part of the agreement.


bisco industries is proud to serve clients in the aerospace, semiconductor, and electronics industries. Stay tuned to bisco’s blog each week for updates on the latest industry news.

Industry News Wrap Up: December 7-11, 2015

We’re wrapping up the second week of the last month of the calendar year. Here’s a look at a couple of the top stores in the aerospace and electronics industries this past week.

Boeing Unveils its Newest Airliner – The 737 MAX

This past Tuesday, December 8th, Boeing rolled out the newest edition of their 737 model plane. The Boeing 737 MAX was revealed in an employee-only event at the Boeing 737 Factory in Renton, WA.  The aircraft is being prepared for its first flight early in 2016 and its first customer deliveries in the third quarter of 2017. Southwest Airlines, known for operating almost exclusively on 737’s will be the first customer to receive their delivery. Some of the most notable improvements on the 737 MAX are the 20% increase in fuel efficiency and the 14% decrease in operation costs.

Samsung to Join Automotive Industry with Electronic Parts

One of South Korea’s largest electronics players is entering into the ever-growing industry of smart mobility. Samsung will initially build products for infotainment and autonomous driving vehicles. Samsung is the latest to enter the market along with Apple, Google, and LG Electronics. Currently there are between 80 to 100 processors in a vehicle depending on its sophistication; as regulations mandating certain technologies become more prevalent, this number is likely to increase. According to recent reports, this market (composed of automotive software, services and components) is worth an estimated $500 billion. A Thomson Reuters report shows that Samsung has been investing in automotive electronics R&D since as early as 2010. In the future, vehicles will likely have the ability to communicate with one another as well as larger infrastructures.


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Industry News Wrap-Up: 11/30 – 12/4

Here are a few of the top news stories from the week. Check bisco’s blog each Friday for our weekly industry news wrap-up.

Cause of December 2014 AirAsia Crash Announced

A new report from the National Transport Safety Committee released this week revealed that defective equipment was major factor in the crash of AirAsia flight QZ8501. The BBC reported that the investigation determined that “the soldering on a tiny electronic part in the system that controlled the rudder was cracked, causing it to send four warning signals to the pilots”. The crash once again highlights the importance of regular maintenance as well as proper flow down and testing during manufacturing.

Porsche to Launch Electric Sports Car

As world leaders meet in Paris to address climate change, Porsche has announced that it will invest one billion euros in an electric sports car. Dubbed the “Mission E”, the sports car will rival Tesla with 600 horsepower and a 310 mile range.  Porsche’s investment will likely spur growth in the electronic and electrical manufacturing industries.

MFG Day Changing Perception of Manufacturing in North America

Research from Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute shows that MFG Day 2015 reached over 400,000 participants and is helping to shape perception of manufacturing in North America. According to the research 81% of participants are “more convinced manufacturing provides careers that are interesting and rewarding” and 62% of participants are “more motivated to pursue a career in manufacturing”.


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Industry News Wrap-Up: November 14th-20th

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Income Numbers on the Rise

According to IEEE-USA’s annual survey, the median income of electrical and electronics engineers increased 3% increase in 2014, the largest increase since 2008. The survey shows income gaps closing between women and men as well as between African Americans and Caucasians. In addition, the recently released survey shows that the highest median income numbers came from California while the lowest came from Arkansas. The future is looking bright for electronics/electrical engineers and bisco continually developing content to support them.  Microsites like bisco’s Southco and Panduit pages allow engineers to find the exact part number you need based on product attributes and specifications.

Why ISO Matters

Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. recently released an article emphasizing why all manufacturers should invest in obtaining an ISO certification. One of the many reasons given is that most high-profile customers now require both manufacturers and their subcontractors to be ISO certified. The article also provides tips for getting ISO certified.  As an industry leader in customer service, bisco is proud to be both ISO9001 and AS9100 certified.

Volvo teams up with Microsoft’s HoloLens to make Virtual Showrooms a Reality

Swedish automaker, Volvo, recently announced that they are partnering with Microsoft to utilize their digital reality headset – HoloLens. HoloLens will allow future shoppers to wear the headset and experience a high-def hologram image of the vehicle they’d like in different colors and body styles. The HoloLens will also allow shoppers to view the vehicle’s drivetrain and transmission in action. This partnership is a great demonstration of the technological advances that are rapidly taking place throughout the automotive industry.

Industry News Wrap-Up: November 7th-13th

Here’s a quick look at some of this week’s top events in for a few of bisco’s top industries.

Boeing & Lockheed Protest Northrop’s LRSB Contract

Boeing and Lockheed Martin have filed a formal protest against the award to of an $80 billion Long Range Strike Bomber contract to Northrop Grumman.  Although many of the complaints lodged by Boeing and Lockheed are long shots aerospace industry consultant Loren Thompson said that, “this protest has a real chance of winning and overturning the award”.  If overturned the contract would be a major embarrassment for the Air Force and the Pentagon, raising fundamental questions about their ability to make sound purchasing decisions.

Electronics 2020: What Will the Industry Look Like?

Printed Circuit Design & Fab editor, Mike Buetow, asked a number of leading electronics experts for their vision of how the design and manufacturing landscape will change in the future. Some of the challenges and opportunities facing the electronics manufacturing industry today include robots, DNA-based circuits, 3D printers and supply chain migration. Click to learn more about what the designers, fabricators, assemblers, and suppliers are saying about the state of electronics manufacturing in 2020.

Robot Salamander Helping Scientists Unlock Spinal Secrets

Created by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the salamander-like robot called Pleurobot is designed based on 3D X-ray videos of salamanders. These videos allowed engineers to create life-like locomotion especially in the movement of the spine. Researchers are utilizing the Pleurobot to better understand the development of the spine.

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Industry News Wrap-Up: November 1st-6th

bisco industries serves clients in a variety industries from aerospace to semiconductor. We understand the importance of staying on top of industry trends so we’ve highlighted a few of the top stories from the past week.

China Unveils Jetliner to Compete with Boeing and Airbus

On Monday, China’s first self-developed C919 passenger jetliner was unveiled to a captive audience. The Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China revealed the first of the twin-engine planes in a ceremony attended by approximately 4,000 government officials and other guests at a hangar near Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport. China is one of the world largest aviation markets, but currently relies on Boeing and Airbus to supply their aircrafts. The C919 is expected to fly next year and to enter service in 2019.

Semiconductor Industry Q3 Numbers Down 2.8% YoY

The Semiconductor Industry Association recently reported a 2.8% dip in year-over-year semiconductor sales during the third quarter of the 2015 calendar year. Worldwide Q3 semiconductor sales reached $85.2 billion a figure that is down 2.8% year-over-year but up 1.5% sequentially.  Statistics were compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization and represent a three-month moving average. Though worldwide sales were down, regional sales were up in the Americas, China, Europe and Japan.

Design-2-Part Announces 2016 Trade Show Schedule

Tradeshow organizer, Design-2-Part (D2P), recently announced 6 shows in their 2016 schedule. The show will be rolling through 6 states throughout the United States next year connecting engineers and product manufacturers with top tier suppliers. This last week, several bisco team members exhibited at the D2P show in Covington, KY.

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