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.

The REACH Conundrum

If you are like me, you may be having trouble wrapping your mind around the EU's comprehensive REACH program. For the benefit of those unfamiliar with this term, REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals. The purpose of REACH is to identify and restrict certain harmful chemicals used in industry, which can be…

Understanding Alternate Sourcing, Part 2

When searching for an alternate part, there are basic requirements, procedures, and creative efforts that will provide timely and effective responses for identifying the appropriate replacement component needed for line-down factory emergencies. I discussed the fundamentals of the process in Understanding Alternate Sourcing, Part 1. Here's a checklist of steps I recommend for guaranteeing a…