Buying Parts Online? There’s an App for That

Will you source electronic components through tablet or smartphone applications in 2012? Component distributors are betting engineers and purchasing folks will be conducting many more of their procurement activities via mobile devices. Distributors have begun to offer free, downloadable apps, but it's not clear if engineers are ready to do more than look up prices…

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Avnet Offering ILS Products

PHOENIX — Avnet Embedded, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) announced today the addition of ILS Technology to its Americas offering. Avnet Embedded will carry the ILS Technology deviceWISE M2M Deployment Kit and deviceWISE M2M Application Platform. As the growth of intelligent systems continues to rise,…

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Heilind Buys a Brazilian Distributor

WILMINGTON, Mass. — Heilind Electronics, Inc., North America's largest distributor of electronic interconnect products, today announced the acquisition of Kotek Eletro Eletronica Ltda, a leading distributor of electronic components in Brazil. “We are very pleased to be expanding into South America and making Kotek and its employees part of the Heilind family,” said Robert W.…

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How to Mitigate Supply Chain Disasters

The major natural disasters in Japan and Thailand in 2011 underscored the global electronics industry's vulnerability to production disruptions. However, these calamities also served as a crash course for high-tech enterprises, providing important lessons on how component and system suppliers should prepare and react to such challenges. In this age of globally connected supply chains,…

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Digi-Key, Microsemi Expand Distribution Pact

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry’s broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, has expanded its distribution relationship with Microsemi Corporation to include programmable logic solutions including the company’s SmartFusion® customizable system-on-chip (cSoC) products, low-power field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), and…

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Developing the Preferred Parts List

One of the most effective time and labor savers for a product development effort is the use of a selective part list produced from the company's Item Master. In an earlier Best-Practices post, I discussed the Item Master in some detail and promised to write another feature that introduces a subset of the Item Master,…

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