Supply Chain Act: QUO VADIS?
The Supply Chain Act means that all importers with a headcount of 1,000 or more will be required to engage with their foreign suppliers. For example, in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, to ensure that employees are working under humane conditions in safe workplaces and that a fair salary is paid. Occupational health and safety laws are in short supply!
But if you know the situation in the Far East better, you know that in numerous instances these are almost impossible demands. Suppliers feel that their freedom is being restricted, and in some cases, they also have sub-suppliers, so that it is almost impossible to fulfill the requested information according to the law. It is felt to be improper to publish such company data and to allow strangers to control their own company.
We know, however, that there are very regularly lacks in the compliance with safety regulations and sometimes chaotic conditions exist in the factories’, furthermore often famished wages are paid. Of course, these are completely unacceptable conditions for us and our standards. But the local governments probably see things differently.
Perhaps we should look at this situation from the other side: We, that is, the consumers from Germany, but also from Europe or the USA, want low prices, for example in the textile and electronics industries. That's why Apple manufactures its cell phones in the Far East, or why we buy cotton from Kazakhstan and have it worked and even made up there. In other words, we have deliberately shifted production from Europe to the Far East, where it is nice and cheap. And these countries are on the drip of exports and need export income.
Since colonial times, where England, Spain and Portugal, exploited the countries in South America and India, not too much has changed. Our prosperity is at the expense of these supplier countries.
In my opinion, this is called exploitation. Our argumentation, on the other hand, is quite simple: by this transfer of industry to the Far East, we are giving the people who live there an opportunity to earn an income in the first place, thus helping them to avoid hunger, infant mortality, boundless unemployment and hopelessness. But the rights of the women are still limited.
And we appear as good people and demand, for example at the Olympiad in Doha, more rights for the women. Do we want to delight the whole world with our know-it-all attitude?
Because Asia is different! Other religions, very old rites and customs still determine life there, and we should learn to understand and respect that.
The old teachers of economics like Keynes and others were right about "change through trade". But crises, like Corona and war, were not included. Added to this was the shutdown of air and sea transport. Many containers of Christmas products are still stored in Chinese ports today. And now we feel our total dependency on Far East supplies, such as medicines, raw materials and others.
"Cheapness is just not cool!!!" Politics and business have finally woken up. The "turn off the times" has changed many things.
And what about the supply chain law? The EU had much better recall it. No one will miss this law. Neither is the global economy doing any better.
One thing should become clear to us: we will have to make cuts from the level of living standard we have enjoyed so far because the consequences of previous policies are now becoming painfully clear.
Downloadsendrich NEWS February 2023
The almost two-year Corona crisis taught us that "business as usual" could no longer continue. And since the start of the Ukraine war in February this year, we have painfully felt that Mrs Merkel's policy of "business as usual" has come to an abrupt end. The guiding principle of "change through trade" turned out to be a big mistake. Suddenly we only had crises. Starting with semiconductors, then with gas supply, housing shortage, refugees and so on ...
We have unfortunately allowed ourselves to be "lulled" far too much in recent years with the "business as usual" policy. The hope, that it will go on as usual, and we don't need to worry about anything was disastrous for all of us. Our government team was not outstanding, but we were doing relatively well and unfortunately did not realise the global dependencies we had placed ourselves in. Namely, in terms of energy and raw materials from Russia and from China and India, for example, for primary materials for vaccines and medicines. We either didn't see the dangers or didn't want to see them, because Putin had already spoken publicly about his great visions many years ago, but we didn't really take them seriously, because everything was going so well.
The awakening from this sleepiness was terrible and our new government already had its hands full in the first hours of its activity in order to somehow avert or mitigate crises. Perhaps we have not been critical enough all these years to at least consider the crises as a possibility and make appropriate provisions or safeguards.
Our traffic situation on the roads and the railways, in digitalisation, environmental protection and awareness, the education of our children and finally in the health system are serious failures that could perhaps have been mitigated or even avoided with a look abroad. The Corona crisis, for example, has ruthlessly shown us how old-fashioned our administration still works today.
We have had alarmists for decades who have foreseen climate change, but we have only acted half-heartedly, and it took disasters from flooding, drought and forest fires etc. for us to realise that it was getting serious. For years we have been asleep and have not wanted to see the consequences. Just think of the oceans covered by plastic waste, the poles melting, the glaciers in Europe too. We have failed to massively promote wind energy and solar energy. Power lines from the North and Baltic Seas to Bavaria have been rejected by the people. The authorities have also contributed to this by approving applications only slowly and sometimes only after years.
Even the health insurance companies have forced the pharmaceutical manufacturers to have the medicines produced abroad through a wrong pricing policy. These are only a few examples of our failures and now we have suddenly been jolted out of our lethargy unprepared. All this certainly hurts tremendously, but it is good to be woken up at last.
What we need now is a spirit of optimism and the will to change and to spit vigorously into our hands. We have had it too good for the last 10 to 20 years. We have learned from those lessons. That is why we must now thoroughly change all that has been neglected in recent years. "MAKE GERMANY GREAT!"
In this spirit, we wish you all a good start, much success in the new year, but also the optimism that with diligence and perseverance a desirable future can be achieved for us and for our children!
REVIEW OF ELECTRONICA 2022 IN MUNICH
For endrich the electronica 2022 trade show was a very positive experience. In view of interrupted supply chains, rising energy prices, inflation, war and climate change, it was important to finally meet again our customers and suppliers. After four years it was time to directly see new technology trends and to exchange ideas in person again. We saw great interest from the customers for our presentation of newly customized projects like an e-paper room thermostat as well as room control units, a charging station for e-cars with a large touch display.
Our visitors were also very interested in the Endrich Smart-Board, which is the latest board in the Endrich IoT family. With this central WLAN-LPWA gateway, sensors can now be connected wirelessly via the Sub Gigahertz module from Neocortec (868 MHz). The sensors can be networked via the Neo-Mesh network. The mesh property means that there does not have to be a direct connection from each sensor to the gateway, as only the connection between the "smart sensors" is possible. Thus, the range between sensors and gateway can be significantly increased. Via the LTE-M/NB-IoT module from Fibocom (MA510), which is also located on the Endrich smart board, all data from the sensor modules is collected and sent to the Endrich cloud. For more details, see the following article "e-IoT in practice".
Another highlight at the electronica was the topic of wireless radio communication. „Smart devices" or so called "connected devices" can actually be found in all market segments. In the areas of Smart Industry and Smart Building, the latest Bluetooth and WiFi modules from Panasonic Industry Europe PAN1770 and PAN1781, as well as from our new manufacturer Feasycom, including the 5.4 x 5.8 mm small FSC-BT690, could be examined.In addition to Bluetooth and WiFi, the radio technologies LTE-M/NB-IoT and LTE-CAT1bis were in demand. Here, the current modules of the world's second largest supplier Fibocom were on display. The portfolio was complemented by antennas, and we had very interesting discussions about customer-specific solutions in the automotive and wearable sectors.
So we are pleased to have been there and to have met all of you!
Downloadsendrich NEWS December 2022
OUR PRODUCT OF THE MONTH:
THE E-IOT SMARTBOARD – THE FIRST WLAN-LPWA GATEWAY
OF THE E-IOT HARDWARE FAMILY
The endrich SMART-BOARD is the new generation of E-IoT boards, solving many problems of wired
sensor data transfer. A forward-looking technological update we developed based on the E-IOT
concept and our first user experiences.
Equipped with LTE-M/NB-IoT, same as our E-IoT single board computer, and now additionally an
868 MHz Module – to create an own Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN). Basically no effort has
to be done to deploy the 868 MHz Mesh Network and operate a wireless, cheap and long life sensor
network with cloud access.
The advantage of this point-to-point data transfer is that a battery-powered, inexpensive factory
preconfigured communication device is able to do its job independently from the existing network
of the enterprise. There is no need to connect a device into a corporate WiFi network, we do not
compromise its security and the installation costs and operating costs remain low.
OUR PRODUCT OF THE MONTH:
AD4028 HIGH AIRFLOW AND HEAT DISSIPATION
OUR PRODUCT OF THE MONTH:
CITILED STANDARD COB SERIES VER.9
OUR PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: High reliability DC/DC converter for 1700 V IGBT/SiC MOSFET driver
OUR PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: SINGLE CHANNEL CAPACITIVE PROXIMITY / TOUCH CONTROLLER
Attention: The lead time for SiTime is now 28~20 weeks
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We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thank you very much for your trust and for further good cooperation.
Our highlight of the Month:
Virtual electronica 2020 – visit Endrich online!
What you can expect:
• Exciting webinars
• Exchange with experts
• Product highlights
VISIT US! 9.11 – 12.11.2020
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH:
OSCILLATORS WITH A CONTINUOUS SUPPLY VOLTAGE FROM 3.3 V DOWN TO 1.8 V
• Output frequency between 1 MHz and 137 MHz
• Frequency stability options of ±20 ppm, ±25 ppm, and ±50 ppm
• Operating temperature as wide as -40 °C to +85 °C
• 5 industry standard packages as small as 2.0 x 1.6 mm
• FlexEdge™ configurable rise / fall time to reduce system EMIs
• Any voltage continuous 1.8 V to 3.3 V
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH:
STRONGEST SMD VIBRATION MOTOR FROM BAOLONG
• P/N: BLT-4315B
• Operating voltage: 2.1 V to 3.2 V
• Max. rated speed: 8.500 rpm
• Max. rated current: 130 mA
• Min. operating temperature: -30 °C
• Max. operating temperature: +70 °C
PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2020
Endrich won first place in the category "Industrial+IoT" in the readers' choice "Products of the Year 2020" of the trade magazine "Elektronik".
The winning product is an interactive mirror with integrated optically bonded Full HD TFT display. It is controlled by an Android panel PC. WiFi and Bluetooth™ are integrated. It is controlled via a capacitive multi-touch panel. Due to the comprehensive IP65 protection, the system can also be used in humid environments. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the award ceremony on May 12th was held online for the first time.
"We would like to thank the readers of Elektronik magazine for this result. It motivates us and at the same time confirms that we will continue to advance the path of system solutions", says Jens Mollitor, CTO at Endrich.
DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR 2020
For the 14th time, the trade magazine "Elektronik" is calling for the large readers‘ vote "Distributor of the Year 2020". The voting is made in the four newly defined categories "Broadliner", "Special distributor", "Distributor for interconnects, passive and electromechanical components" and "Catalog distributor".
As Endrich we are standing for election in the category "Special Distributor”. The voting period is from May 25th to June 22nd.
Take part! Your opinion is important to us!
Evaluate our service at www.elektronik.de/distributorwahl.
We say thank you for participating and for your support.