Littelfuse Survey: Arc-Flash Concerns Increase

Protecting employees and equipment from the dangers of arc-flash events has become a priority among plant professionals, according to a recent survey conducted by Littelfuse, Inc. As a result, protection technologies such as arc-flash relays are rapidly growing in popularity. Even 10 years ago, arc-flash danger wasn’t at the top of many minds, the survey…

Demand Continues For Discretes, Memory and RF Components

The electronics components market continues to show consistency, at least among product lines that are moving upward in leadtimes, pricing, or both. According to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Market and Technology Trends report for July, discretes, memory and RF components continue to see leadtimes stretch out and pricing increase. Leadtimes for discretes are showing a range…

Building Vendor Relationships in Electronics Distribution

A recent survey conducted by Electronic Purchasing Strategies revealed that electronic purchasing professionals spend an average of nearly 7 hours per week interacting or negotiating with vendors.  This was the most hours of any of one particular task. The survey also revealed contracting and maintaining vendor relationships as their primary job role.   Despite a society…

Component Suppliers Lag in Automotive Supply Chain

Electrical/electronic component suppliers ranked last among the six automotive segments – exterior, powertrain, interior, electrical, body and chassis – reviewed in PwC’s North American Automotive Supplier Supply Chain study. While electrical/electronic component suppliers ranked first in gross profit margins, which suggests low raw material component costs, low-cost labor and lower-than-average total landed costs, said PwC,…

Mouser Inks Global Deal With Cosel

Mouser Electronics, Inc. has entered into a global distribution agreement with Cosel, one of the world’s leading power supply manufacturers. Cosel’s product portfolio includes high-quality, ultra small size AC‑DC switching supplies, state-of the-art technology DC‑DC converters, and EMI filters. Cosel’s AC-DC switching power supplies can handle universal AC inputs with output power ranges from 1.5Watts…

How Will IoT Impact Purchasing?

The Internet of Things (IoT) – which represents a great opportunity for component makers and OEMs in the electronics market – has implications for the millions of users of IoT applications. Purchasing, I’d imagine, is one of those applications. When I look at purchasing issues, I break them into two separate groups: my issues as…

Cypress Reports Q2

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today announced its second-quarter 2014 results, which included the remarks below from its president and CEO, T.J. Rodgers. Highlights for the quarter included: Revenue met guidance Net income beat guidance and more than doubled sequentially Consumer electronics revenue slowed, but the industrial and automotive sector remained strong at 43% of…