From Counterfeit Electronics to Clones: You Can’t Afford to Ignore Them

A new type of electronic counterfeit part has arrived in force into commercial and, probably, military supply chains. Cloned parts, of original manufacture and made to spec by apparently well-heeled counterfeiters, can pass industry-standard visual package inspection and most data sheet parameter electrical testing. This means that some industry standards, some not yet released, may…

Distributors Refocus Supply Chain Strategies

The supply chain after-shocks due to the loss of once-reliable PC cycles, among other variables are forcing a refocusing of supply chain strategies. Underscoring the shift in the electronics industry is the high mergers and acquisition (M&A) rate this year, adding further volatility to pricing and sourcing. The competition is heavy and the margins thin,…

The Importance of Supply Chain Connectivity: A Conversation with RS Components

The electronics industry pundits have long touted the benefits of strong supply chain connectivity: stronger relationships, streamline logistics, the ability to effectively manage activities, increased efficiency, and, of course, reduced costs. The big question, though, is how an organization can get from the ideal to the real. Matthew Ling We sat down for a conversion with Matthew…

3 Reasons Distributors Should be a Part of Your Supply Chain

Distributors often get a bad rap for adding costs to the supply chain by placing an additional layer between OEMs and component manufacturers. There's little doubt that there are circumstances when working with distribution doesn't make business sense. However, quality distributors provide services that most manufacturers cannot. It boils down to core competency. Component manufacturers…

Counterfeiting: The Rising Threat to Electronics Manufacturers

As a serious challenge to today's global electronics supply chain, counterfeiting and gray market diversion of electronics components threaten the integrity of products for manufacturers. Counterfeits and obsolete electronics components contribute to dangerous business exposure for manufacturer's customers, and compromise health and safety for consumers. Clearly, new solutions are needed to improve electronics supply chain…