Applied DNA Signs Eighth Supplier

One of the problems with developing a standard is they only work when everybody is using them. The electronics supply chain has tackled a number of standards over the years including RosettaNet – a protocol for conducting electronic commerce. Counterfeit prevention is another supply chain issue that could benefit from a standard. Counterfeit parts may…

Risk & Volatility is the New Supply Chain ‘Norm’

The global electronics supply chain is riddled with risk, a phenomenon that won’t go away anytime soon and which companies must respond to by proactively identifying challenges within their operations and then collaborating with partners and suppliers to reduce their exposure, according to Pascal Fernandez, VP of business development at Avnet Velocity, a unit of…

China Makes Headway on Domestic IC Supply Chain

China – which has mostly been a destination for the Western electronics supply chain – continues to develop an IC supply chain of its own. Chip foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) has formed a joint venture with Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology Co., Ltd. (JCET) for 12-inch wafer bumping and related services. JCET will also…

Integrated Conflict Minerals/RoHS Tool Debuts

One of the electronics industry’s problems with the so-called U.S. “Conflict Minerals Act” has been the lack of a comprehensive standard for disclosing the origin of certain minerals. An organization of electronics manufacturers, consultancies and compliance agencies have developed a comprehensive conflict minerals web database system, BOMcheck,  in preparation for the reporting period beginning in…

Applied DNA Sciences Teams With LMI

The electronic s supply chain has been struggling to find a way to flag counterfeit parts for decades. One anti-counterfeiting effort currently underway is marking components with a plant-based DNA taggant developed by Applied DNA Sciences. The taggent will allow component buyers to verify the component is authentic. There are still a few bugs in…

FedEx Expands SenseAware Service

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) today announced an international expansion for its award-winning SenseAware® service, which enables near real-time visibility into sensitive and high-value shipments. Customers will now be able to monitor shipments throughout an additional 14 European countries and Canada, and on board flights from three additional commercial air carriers: Air France, Cathay Pacific and…

When EOL is the Beginning of Sourcing Havoc

Most non-engineers will readily admit that new technology is pretty complicated, but buyers will tell you obsolete products are the real challenge. A majority of purchasers in the electronics supply chain may not be seeking end-of-life (EOL) parts, but those that do will tell you all kinds of problems are associated with EOL. First, many…