Electronics contract manufacturing : Facts and Figures From MMI

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A year ago, few people would have associated contract manufacturing with southwestern China, which is far removed from the production centers of China’s coastal cities. But today, anyone paying attention to the notebook industry has learned that the city of Chongqing in southwestern China will soon become a major base for contract manufacturing of notebooks. Hon Hai Precision Industry and two of the four largest notebook ODMs have all decided to locate notebook manufacturing operations in Chongqing, and it has been reported that Hon Hai’s PC factory is already being staffed. But notebooks won’t be the only contract manufactured products in Chongqing, and Chongqing won’t be the only city attracting outsourced manufacturing in southwestern China. And for good reason. Compared with coastal cities, labor and other costs are lower in southwestern China, and its labor supply is more plentiful. Before Hon Hai and the ODMs committed to Chongqing, there was HP, which in 2008 announced plans for a Chongqing plant to produce notebooks and desktop PCs for customers in China. Then in the fall of last year, news broke that Hon Hai began construction of a notebook manufacturing facility in Chongqing (Oct. 2009, p. 4).
In the notebook ODM space, Hon Hai is a relative newcomer, and two of the first-tier notebook ODMs soon made it known that Hon Hai would not be without competition in Chongqing.

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Icon-Intel deal is start of something really remarkable


Icon recently signed a deal with Intel where former will use latter’s Artificial intelligence portal for remote patient clinical trials.

Deal is considered one of the major milestone for CRO fraternity as it involves  analytical platform that links data from multiple sensors and wearables, analyse collected data & provide real time insights to end users.

Icon’s appetite for embracing innovation has always been on high note, this is very much acknowledged by numerous proof of concept studies that company has carried out in recent past.

This one though seems like match made in heaven – where best in class unite together to address issues pertaining to clinical trial management.

AI & machine learning are no longer fancy words having vivid description and application, it is now a hard-core reality touching new heights in every sector you can think off. Healthcare though has been late embracer of this innovation,  it is trying to run really fast to make up for the lag.

Electronics and plastics purchase could now be consolidated to single supplier, thanks to this acquisition

As healthcare industry moves towards connected healthcare, which means companies would now have to procure plastics, electronics as a combo, making  supply chain of buyers more complex than ever.

In times like these, Molex, a connected healthcare pioneer surfaces as an ideal strategic partner. Thanks to its recent acquisition of Phillips Medisize that makes it a go to guy for all healthcare sourcing requirements.

Phillips Medisize has been one of best medtech focused CMO , taking a lead position in many segments like drug delivery, connected healthcare and diagnostics solutions.

Molex-Phillips Medisize deal closed recently and has become a major milestone for medtech contract manufacturing operations.

Medtech OEMs could now breathe a sigh of relief as lot of their strategic operations could be outsourced to Molex.

Medical device outsourcing is basically divided into two major categories:

  • Medical device EMS
  • Medical device plastics

 

Molex-Phillips Medisize acquisition just goes about highlighting a key trend in the industry, which is, cross services acquisition. Services consolidation has begun and there will be a likely increase in  deal counts of similar kind.

A deal that shares a similar resemblance as that of Molex-Phillips is Jabil-Nypro.

 

Phillips Medisize had previously acquired Injectronics and Medicom, both acquisitions were done in very short duration gap. Finally Phillips acquisition spree was paused, that was because Molex acquired Phillips.

 

Let us celebrate Make In India, we have a well-earned reason for that…

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Let us celebrate Make In India, we have a well-earned reason for that…

We are referring to celebration tagged to Wipro-GE healthcare’s recent accomplishment of CT system launch. This system costs less than 40% of traditional available CT systems in market, and addresses everything that you ever wished for from cost and quality perspective.

While half of country was debating around “Make In India campaign’s” success or failure, Milan Rao, CEO and President of GE Healthcare South Asia & his dynamic team was busy leveraging technical know-how and skill set that country India beholds.

Wipro-GE team thought through this execution so well, that even before the product was launched the company had right distribution and training channel laid out across the country.

Some of the must know features of the CT system include

  • 36 per cent lower radiation with a smart dose.
  • 28 per cent lower life cycle cost
  • Half the weight of a traditional machine.

This all round approach of Wipro-GE joint venture is commendable and only deserves applaud, we wish more companies materialize on their Make In India beliefs.

For now let us all celebrate and cherish the vision, and soon to become reality of Affordable healthcare.

Kudos to Milan Rao and his team for making us believe that right treatment is available at reasonable price.

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IBM’s Watson did not just do that?

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Wearable industry growth figures are at top of the charts. Every fortnight wearable start-ups are either closing funding rounds , or been acquired and in some cases hosting IPO.

All this limelight and fame for one reason, that being , these devices can record data. Analysis of data and subsequent predictions to users still remains work in progress.

IBM’s Watson however, is set on a mission to accomplish this work in progress.

Yes, company recently announced collaboration with mobile phone behemoth Apple , where the former would integrate its smart computer to latter’s wearable ( watch). This all magic takes place in app called Cafewell Concierge, which is powered by Watson’s adaptable and self learning code.

Partnership of this type came to limelight only recently and has been IBM Watson’s first of its kind deal with Apple.

This Welltok developed app uses Watson’s cognitive trait to turn Cafewell Concierge more understanding companion by days , primarily because Watson learns, adapts and performs.

Combo can become one stop solution for health , exercise, nutrition and other aspect of human life management.

Unlike any other wearable which puts the recorded data usage and analysis to question, situation in this case seems pretty convincing. Primarily because data recorded is going in training predictive response programing of Watson.

While some of the existing wearable providers,quote to deliver the similar offerings, we all are aware about how deceiving can the cloud and app analysis be(Not to forget the blurred line that exist on when a app is FDA regulated and when its not). Watson super computer on other hand has proved instrumental time and again proving its credibility in this new venture.

Time alone would say if this IBM- Apple journey sees happy and productive ending, as of now the platform is warming up to IBM employees alone. The employees who had privilege to buy Apple smart watch at subsidized rates.

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App via IOT gateway = Vision restoration

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Mobile phones/smart devices and associated apps have been making tremendous impact in peoples life in last couple of years. These developments have surfaced up as a mass success element off late, mainly because their integration with IOT, an element which is helping them explore new avenues. Novartis, pharma giant has tapped into one of those avenue through its recent relaunched vision app.

Vision app, ViaOpta was originally launched in 2014 for assisting visually impaired. Assistance modes are generally vibration or voice guidance. While aforementioned was features in 2014 version, the current development is for smart watches from the likes of Apple and other watch manufacturers. App also gives more realtime notifications by using smartphone cameras to indicate image in purview.

New venture of Novartis is more to soothe its innovation appetite. Furthermore it also complements it’s USD 10.4 billion Alcon business.

Overall smart devices and their integration with IOT are spinning solutions that have been simplifying healthcare and making patients life much better around the world.

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IOT : Robot controlled through brain

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Think of an era where you can control a machine through your brain!!!!!

Thanks to IOT, the time is now, and we have the honor of witnessing this breakthrough that takes us all the way to “playground of Europe”

Researchers from Switzerland’s Defitech foundation chair in brain machine, have developed technology platform that can help you control computers through brain.

Device has been trial and tested on 19 subjects with disabilities, and each one of them has shown tremendous control on machine application which is guided by brain signals. Surprisingly, the task of field training that each of the subject took was around 10 days. Credit mainly to be given to the amazing brain machine interface, which did the entire trick.

Subjects were able to control machine sitting far far away in Germany and Italy.

Science media regards this as technological breakthrough which can help disabled people view the world through machine’s eye, and travel areas that they initially thought was beyond their reach.

Rightly said ” Necessity is mother of invention “, & IOT holds key to many such advancements.

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