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FOSTER CITY, CA – PLM software provider Arena Solutions has issued a white paper on manufacturing outsourcing, the company said today.

Manufacturing Outsourcing: Seven Common Pitfalls to Avoid details selecting the wrong contract manufacturer; the quote-and-go approach; negotiating a weak contract, or no contract at all; poor NPI project management; inadequate change management processes and infrastructure; broken environmental compliance management, and ignoring the hidden costs of going offshore.

Written by Bijan Dastmalchi, cofounder and president of Symphony Consulting Inc., specializing in manufacturing outsourcing and supply chain management, and Richard Vermeij, senior director of product marketing at Arena Solutions, the paper is directed primarily at small-to-mid-sized OEMs. It discusses the challenges associated with outsourcing and the importance of putting in place the right strategy, processes, people and tools.

The free white paper is available for download at www.arenaplm.com/forms/media_outsourcingpitfalls_07q3.

YAVNE, ISRAELORBOTECH LTD. announced that its Newprint Legend series UV curable inkjet printers now utilize ink that has been approved as compliant with military and aerospace standards for use in the production of bare printed circuit boards (PCB). PCB manufacturers producing bare printed circuit boards for the military and aerospace markets, particularly in North America, must use only MIL approved materials and processes.

Mr. Guy Alon, Inkjet Marketing Manager at Orbotech Ltd., explained, "Achieving this MIL standard compliance for the ink used in our systems is an important milestone. It opens the door for manufacturers of these applications to now be able to utilize our advanced UV inkjet technology in their operations for greater performance and cost savings compared to their existing solutions."

Orbotech’s Newprint Legend ink is certified for the following industry standards: MIL-PRF-55110G, MIL-PRF-31032, IPC-650 , ASTM E 595 outgas, RoHS compliant.
HOOFDDORP, THE NETHERLANDS – Chemicals maker Basell said it has decided not to raise its $5.6 billion bid for Huntsman Corp.

Huntsman originally signed a merger agreement with Basell, but that was trumped last week by $6.5 billion bid from Hexion Specialty.

Huntsman gave Basell until Wednesday to counter the Hexion offer and did not change its original recommendation in favor of the Basell deal.
YAVNE, ISRAELValor Computerized Systems today announced an agreement to implement additional Enterprise 3000 DfM verification software into Freedom CAD Services’ PCB service bureau.
Under the marketing and technology deal, Valor will increase its support to its longstanding design partner to ensure transition from PCB design to fab that shortens time-to-market and reduces end-customer costs.
This deal comes as a response to FreedomCAD’s growing expansion throughout North America and the international theater.
PELHAM, NH – PhotoMachining has expanded its facility and added staff to meet demand.
The company, which manufactures custom UV laser micromachining tools including online workstations, roll-to-roll feeders, and machine vision and robotics, added 4,000 sq. ft. to the existing 7,000 sq. ft. plant.
The company has added five more employees in the past few months, bringing its total to 20.
The expansion and headcount increase will allow it to keep up with demand for its UV laser systems and to improve its job-shop services – from R&D to high-volume production – performed in its Class 10,000 facility, says the company. 
Also, a 300 sq. ft. showroom has been added to showcase products, particularly refurbished microscopes and optics assemblies.

SAN JOSE – EMS provider Sanmina-SCI Corp. has named former Symbol Technologies executive Walt Hussey president of its technology components group.  Read more ...

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