Hybrid Distribution Model Proliferates

Whether it’s called the open market, independent or non-franchised distribution, the channel that buys and sells excess and obsolete electronic component inventory has changed. A growing number of companies in this niche have ratcheted up their procurement and quality-control practices to the extent that component suppliers and many OEM customers acknowledge independents as a vital…

Russia Scam Spotlights Technology Export Control

It reads like a spy novel. A dual U.S.-Russian citizen admitted to operating as an unauthorized agent of the Russian government and exporting leading-edge semiconductors for use by Russia’s military, Reuters reported. Alexander Fishenko, founder of Arc Electronics Inc., was among 11 people charged in 2012 in connection with what authorities said was an elaborate…

Can Big Data Solve the Counterfeiting Problem?

The electronics supply chain has been trying almost from its inception to prevent or weed out counterfeit components. Solutions to date include marking components with a unique identifier and procuring parts only through authorized channels. But several companies in recent months have suggested that following the data generated by a component’s manufacturing, test, QC and…

Industry Tackles Technology & Sourcing Issues

Military and aerospace devices used to be the gold standard for quality and performance back in the days when the U.S. defense industry was one of the world’s biggest consumers of electronics components. Now, some industry experts believe, quality and performance advancements are being rivalled by the automotive industry. “It’s interesting —  the trends we…

Electronics Counterfeiters Get Their Day in Court

Just before the holidays in December 2015 the U.S. Attorney’s office in Connecticut was quite busy: three Chinese nationals were arrested and held on federal criminal complaints pertaining to counterfeit Xilinx components and stolen, military-grade semiconductors from the U.S. Navy that were set to be exported from the United States. On the same day, Jeffrey…

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…

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,…