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How Component Inventory Management Makes an OEM’s Life Easier

Nov 28, 2018
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Matric, Dynamic, Costs, Components

Maintaining an accurate inventory can result in an elevated manufacturing process, increasing efficiency in production, ensuring on-time delivery, and allowing for timely action in the event of bottlenecks....

Glossary: Terms Your Electronics Contract Manufacturer May Use

When talking with salespeople, design engineers, other contacts within an electronic contract manufacturer, you may hear a lot of terms thrown about. Many of them -- often turned into acronyms are said with the assumption that you know what they mean. For engineers ...

Common Causes of PCB Failure

Printed circuit boards, or PCBs, are essentially the lifeblood of the devices we use every day. Cellphones, TVs, cars, street lights and so many other devices rely on PCBs, which is why it can be extremely disruptive when one fails....

Is China Spy Chip a Supply Chain Snag for OEM Electronics Companies?

Oct 17, 2018
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Dynamic, Matric, Trends, Components

On Oct. 4, a story by Bloomberg that detailed allegations of China’s military infiltration into servers used by about 30 U.S. companies and top government agencies sent shockwaves across the tech industry. According to Bloomberg, Chinese spies sneaked tiny ...

Electronic Component Shortages Update -- Will We See Relief in 2018?

Sep 13, 2018
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Trends, Components

Electronic component shortages have been a hindrance on a booming electronics marketplace throughout 2018. While new orders roll in and production remains steady, there simply haven’t been enough capacitors, resistors and other parts to go around. With the addition ...

Are Carbon Nanomaterials the Solution to Conflict Minerals?

Conflict minerals are both a vital component (no pun intended) of the electronics industry and at the same time one of its biggest headaches. Since 2010, U.S.-based electronics companies have been required to determine whether certain components in their products ...

Who's to Blame for the Electronic Components Supply Shortage?

Dating back to 2017, the electronic components supply shortage has become an increasingly challenging issue for companies that rely on the industry. A surge in use of components combined with a shortage of parts has snowballed into what’s become a highly constrained ...

Your ECM Should Be Using a Third-Party Electronic Component Database

Perhaps the most groan-inducing aspect of electronics manufacturing is component sourcing. Limited availability, dubious component quality, and conflict mineral laws are common causes of you and your manufacturer’s headaches when it comes to sourcing parts. ...

China Tariffs: How Will They Affect Your Electronics Manufacturers?

Two days after Independence Day, President Donald Trump’s aggressive new tariffs went into effect, imposing an extra 25% tax on imported Chinese goods. This will affect over $50 billion worth of “industrially significant technologies,” and could have a significant ...

Why Electronic Component Lead Times Are Rising -- & 3 Ways to Prepare

If your manufacturing projects involve electronics, you’re likely facing the challenge of extended electronic component lead times. Certain parts that used to take 12 weeks to come in are now taking upward of 30 weeks. Some parts even take a full year to arrive. ...