Buyers have a host of tools at their disposal to help them do their jobs better and faster. These electronics components inventory search and/or data aggregator websites have one thing in common – delivering parts data that range from supply chain information including lead times, pricing, lifecycle/obsolescence information, and environmental compliance data; to technical specifications including datasheets and application notes.
Here’s a snapshot of several tools (in alphabetical order) that buyers should think about adding to their purchasing arsenal. What you’ll find is that many of these tools provide dozens of parametric search attributes in addition to lead times and pricing information and links to distributor websites to buy the parts. For detailed information about the tools, please visit their websites.
The CAPS Universe electronic components database helps identify electronics components based on engineering specs through part number, keyword/category and parametric search. The online service offers information on more than 400 parts categories, and tools that allow the database to be integrated into a user’s engineering design process, in particular product lifecycle management (PLM) systems.
CAPS users have access to parts specs, lifecycle forecasts, environmental compliance parts data and documentation, and supply chain data including suspicious parts alerts and product change notices (PCNs) along with access to electronics components distributors for the latest pricing and availability information to buy the parts. They also can find alternate or replacement parts for obsolete components or components in short supply. One key feature that CAPS-owner IHS calls out is that it’s an objective source of parts management data and not affiliated with any electronics distributor. IHS also offers a BOM Manager.
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