Jim Smith Ph.D. ABD

Managing Director
Electronics Manufacturing Sciences Inc.
St. Petersburg, FL


Apple, Outsourcing and Tax Law

Arcane policies allow multinational corporations to avoid paying billions in U.S. taxes.

Multinationals are using overseas subsidiaries to avoid paying billions in federal taxes. Is that a problem? How would you fix it? Should the federal government provide a tax break for repatriated corporate earnings?

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The Dreamliner Nightmare, Part 2

The lithium-ion battery fiasco has cost Boeing and its customers millions.

Several respondents to my original blog say the 787's battery problems are a minor blip that Boeing will correct quickly. My impression is that the battery is becoming aviation’s equivalent of the Ford Pinto.

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Apparently, We Can...

No company has been under more pressure than Apple to bring back jobs that were shipped overseas.

Our guest blogger wonders whether Apple's recent decision to invest $100 million to manufacture iMacs in the United States is a token gesture or a sign of things to come.

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Assembly Automation

Working With the Lights Out

In their attempts to avoid costly labor, engineers can overinvest in machines.

Automation is wonderfully economical—except when it’s not. Time and again, I’ve seen smart engineers make dumb automation decisions, some of them ruinous.

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China Telecom Issues

Increasingly, China is losing its cost advantages. Workers are striking at Chinese factories. Chinese suppliers copy Western products to become competitors. Time to market is longer. And now we can add electronic espionage.

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Behind the Scenes at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant

People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.


 Live from The ASSEMBLY Show, Bob Wood, president of ECI Spinnomatic, talks about his company’s newest product: a fully automated riveting cell equipped with a rotary indexing table, a six-axis robot, an orbital forming unit, and laser sensors. 

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Assembly Magazine

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2015 April

The 2015 April Assembly includes our cover story on Assembly Automation in the Aerospace Industry plus much more. Check it out today!

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Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Welding: Principles & Practices

This text introduces students to a solid background in the basic principles and practices of welding.

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