ECIA: DFARS Not ‘FAR’ Enough

Although the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) has undergone yet another revision, proponents of authorized distribution say that the measure still does not go far enough to protect the electronics industry from counterfeit components. The Electronics Components Industry Association, which represents electronics distributors and their suppliers, commented in December on the most recent revision…

CDM Expands Cable Assembly Services for Rail Industry

Turnersville, N.J. – CDM Electronics, an authorized distributor of electronic connectors and cables, provides an expanded range of custom and value-added RF coaxial cable assemblies and power jumper cable assemblies to meet the heavy duty, harsh environment requirements of the U.S. and Canadian freight and rail passenger industry.  With growing opportunities for drive systems, communications, and power…

Avnet Builds ‘Supply Chain of Things’

Users and consumers are beginning to see the types of gadgets that will eventually comprise the Internet of Things (IoT). What many can’t yet visualize are the unseen parts of the IoT – the software and services that ultimately are going to determine whether the IoT becomes as ubiquitous and conventional as cellular technology. “Services…

Electrocomponents Outlines Reorganization Actions, Goals

Delivering on a promise made six months ago, Electrocomponents PLC has announced a series of cost-control and reorganization actions aimed at restoring growth at the components distributor and revitalizing its operations across the globe. The measures range from previously announced new management appointments to the closure of some facilities in Asia and the realignment of…

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Sound Bites From the ECIA Conference

As usual, the annual ECIA Executive Conference was a mix of information and inspiration. Attendees of the conference this year, held Oct. 25-27, found out what happened to the FIRST competition winner of 2013; how to take a proper selfie, and the difference between French fries and crisps. On a more serious note, presenters broke…

Researcher Says Distributors are Key to IoT Growth

Huge sales opportunities beckon in the market for connected devices but the challenges are numerous and semiconductor makers must leverage the strengths of component distributors to benefit from what is shaping up as the potential biggest growth area for the entire electronics industry, says research firm McKinsey & Co. Within a few years the entire…

DFARS 2015: Zeitgeist or Bell Toll?

Proposed amendments to the 2012 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) could have far-reaching implications for the electronics supply chain. On the face of it, the DFARS amendments seem to favor sourcing from component vendors and authorized/franchised distributors to the detriment of the open market and/or small business contractors. The amendments appear to tighten definitions,…

AS6496 Anti-Counterfeit Standard is Taking Root

Authorized distributors have had more than a year now to come to terms with the SAE Aerospace 6496 standard for dealing with fraudulent and counterfeit electronic components, and there appears to be growing acceptance and support for the standard, at least among U.S. companies. “Pretty much all the major North American authorized distributors have signed…

TTI Delivers Faster Amphenol Fiber Optic Assemblies

Addressing the need for quicker deliveries of fiber-optic connector assemblies, Amphenol Aerospace, a division of Amphenol Corp., recently named TTI, Inc. as its exclusive value-added assembler for its ARINC 801, MT, and CF38999 tight tolerance fiber-optic MIL-DTL-38999 Series III circular plug and receptacle connectors. These products are primarily used in commercial aerospace and military sectors across a…

Quality & Traceability: Critical to Procurement

This month, Verical.Connect and EPS have taken a very close and important look at the cornerstones of quality and anti-counterfeiting strategies in the semiconductor and electronics supply chain. Sourcing and procurement have grown, expanded, and decidedly matured in terms of business operations/processes as well as the role that these departments play in the corporation. Quality…