Aluminum for Cars & Consumer Electronics

A battery of questions about the implications for the electronics industry came to mind when Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) recently announced the new F-150 pickup’s aluminum construction. My initial question was “What are the downsides of switching from steel to aluminum?” Without a doubt, the issues involving safety and overall strength become primary consumer concerns…

Why RFID is a Purchasing Dream Tool

Having just attended the RFID Live 2013 conference in San Francisco, I was reminded of the myriad applications for RFID in tracking assets, monitoring systems and transmitting key data to and from sensing and recording devices. As I considered the potential uses of RFID technology for purchasing and operations people, I mentally formulated an end-to-end…

Surplus Parts Firms Sometime Make Sense

In my last article, I discussed electronics surplus houses and their role in the electronics supply chain. This article reviews one specific surplus electronics supply company and how the day-to-day operations take place. (See: Resolving Emergency Components Shortages). HSC, also called Halted Specialties Co., is located in the heart of Silicon Valley where big distributor…

Resolving Emergency Components Shortages

Every purchasing person knows that from time to time some suppliers are not going to be able to help with either emergency shortages or alternate source component research and subsequent supply. When this is the case, things around the factory start to heat up and depending upon the urgency of the requirement, the company firefighters…

Essential Design Tips for Purchasing Pros

One of the most effective means of communication is by means of an illustration. If that illustration contains dimensional data and design characteristics that predict what a future product may look like, then the illustration can be referred to as a concept drawing. A concept drawing does not contain critical parametric or component values because…