Douglas Alexander has been working in the electronics R&D and manufacturing sectors for over 30 years. He developed and managed several departments at Digital Microwave Corp. (DMC), including Purchasing, Contract Management, Component Engineering, Documentation Control, Contract Manufacturing, and Prototype Assembly Operations. He also worked at Microsoft Corp.'s WebTV division as the founding manager of its Component Engineering department. He recently served at Transparent Video Systems as the Director of Engineering Operations and Logistics.

An Updated Primer on WEEE & RoHS, Part 2

The European Parliament, in its Resolution of 14 November 1996 (7), asked the European Commission to present proposals for directives on a number of priority waste streams, including electrical and electronic waste, and to base such proposals on the principle of producer responsibility. The European Parliament, in the same resolution, requests the Council and the…

An Updated Primer on WEEE & RoHS, Part 1

This blog discusses the Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directives and how they affect the design, manufacture, marketing, and sales of products sold in the European Community member states and North America. These directives govern the registration, collection, disposal, and recycling of electrical and electronic products produced within…

If I Were a Counterfeiter…

If I were to think as a counterfeiter, I would want to exploit every weakness in anti-counterfeiting technologies and also want my illicit products to slip into the supply chain as quietly as possible. Before exploring how a counterfeiter thinks, let's look at the strategies that work and the ones that aren't as effective. In…

Avoiding Production Fire Drills

Continuing with our discussion on the Original Equipment Manufacturer-Contract Manufacturer (OEM-CM) relationship, it is important to note that, while many contractor operations are similar, they may have very different procedures and methods for mapping workflow. The OEM can help by anticipating potential problems and segmenting the workflow to ensure a minimum number of line-down incidents.…

REACH Scrubbing? Try Total Parts Plus

Achieving compliance with the EU's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemical Substances regulation, otherwise known as REACH, can be onerous, but harried electronics equipment makers and suppliers can more easily scale this hurdle by partnering with companies specialized in components verifications and scrubbing. One of these is Total Parts Plus (TPP), a Florida-based company…