How Swan Valley Medical Overcame Compliance Pain

Swan Valley Medical (SVM) is a privately held medical device company founded in 2006 by a retired urologist and engineer/entrepreneur. The focus of the company is on development and commercialization of sophisticated urological surgical instruments [...] read more

The Evolving Role of the Modern Procurement Manager

Modern manufacturing procurement managers are responsible for negotiating the best cost on components at their forecasted volumes. The role has changed over the years because contract manufacturers (CMs) purchase most of the parts now. Now the procur [...] read more

Procurement Managers Are Born to Be Wild

A “persona” is a behavior-based, user archetype you can use to make decisions about your product. They have names, beliefs, demographic attributes and behaviors that help create relevant marketing messages — think of these fictional character a [...] read more

How Next Generation Collaboration Tools Saved the Jedi

Within the halls of the illustrious Jedi Academy, the apprenticeship of a Padawan (Force-sensitive adolescent) traditionally began with a disciplined one-on-one instruction with an assigned Jedi Knight or Master. Unfortunately, this one-to-one tra [...] read more

Implementation Strategies Maximize the Value of Collaboration Tools

Just as Excel fails as a tool for managing bill of materials (BOM), so does email fall short of the knowledge-sharing potential that only next-generation collaboration solutions can unlock. For innovative product companies, a modern collaboration too [...] read more

Arena Exchange: A Great Product Just Got Even Better

On October 13, 2013, Arena debuted Arena Exchange, a revolutionary solution that offers OEMs a secure, flexible and traceable environment for collaboration with multiple users at different supplier levels throughout their global supply chain. Oh. And [...] read more

At CES, Internet of Things Creates Real Excitement and Endless Possibilities

The International Consumer Electronics Show is the King Kong of trade shows. Held in Las Vegas, this consumer electronics gathering attracts more than 150,000 visitors. It occupies 35 football fields of exhibition space where more than 3,500 companie [...] read more

At Fashionable CES, Wearable Electronics Are the New Black

At the expense of stating the obvious, wearable devices are the new black when it comes to what’s fashionable in high tech right now. By 2018, wearable shipments are expected to jump to 112 million units, more than five times last year's figure, [...] read more

Three Manufacturers Share Their New Year’s Business Resolutions

The mournful song "Auld Lang Syne" is a Scottish poem often sung at the stroke of midnight to bid farewell to the old year. By extension, it is also sung at funerals, graduations and at the ending of romantic comedies, such as “When Harry Met Sally [...] read more