DFARS and Testing as the Quality Litmus Test, Part 2

Recently EPS and Verical.Connect have focused on the issues of counterfeit mitigation and the recent (9/21/2015) proposed amendments to the 2012 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS).  Among the amendments is a proposal to extend DoD sourcing practices from the traditional military/aerospace specification standards to include COTS components. To consider the impact of these issues…

DFARS and Testing as the Quality Litmus Test, Part 1

Recently EPS and Verical.Connect have focused on the issues of counterfeit mitigation and the recent (9/21/2015) proposed amendments to the 2012 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS).  A common theme is the continual raising of the quality bar. The proposed amendments to DFARS this year mirrors this raising of the bar and clearly lays forth…

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…

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…

Battelle Builds a ‘Barrier’ Against Counterfeit Chips

Tom Sharpe clearly recalls the first batch of “clone” semiconductors that turned up under the microscopes at his company’s Sandy Hook, Conn., test facility three years ago. SMT Corp., where he is vice president, specializes in detecting counterfeit chips, and most of those it had detected before then had been poor-quality, previously used chips that…

SIA, SRC Call for Increased Research Investments

Leaders in the tech industry and academia, led by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), are calling out the industry to make increased research investments to help boost tech leadership in the U.S. as well as to advance new transformative technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT). A new study released…

Buyers’ Scarcest Commodity? Time

Procurement specialists have to focus on a lot of issues strategic to their organizations. But what is the problem that most bedevils buyers themselves? Time management. PrimeAdvantage, a buying consortium of small and midsize manufacturers, found time was the scarcest commodity among respondents to its 2015 survey. Because of  time limitations, 63 percent of respondents said…