Procurement Faces More Challenges Than Ever: Exclusive Report

Global procurement professionals are facing more challenges than ever — tariffs, trade wars, environmental regulations and patent/IP protection. Fortunately, they are up to the task. Worldwide, electronics purchasing managers have an average of 16 years on the job, according to EPSNews’/Aspencore’s first global procurement study. They work more than 40 hours a week; spend a…

Global Online Marketplace Features New & Used Chip Equipment & Parts

In the highly competitive, fast-moving semiconductor manufacturing industry, strategic procurement is essential. When sourcing new and used chip equipment and parts, multiple factors must be considered, including reliability, ability to meet shipping dates, volume and price. The “best” supplier could be a major well-known name or a new provider that you haven’t purchased from yet.…

TE Adds Online Store as Part of its Digital Strategy

TE Connectivity, one of the largest and most diverse manufacturers of connectors, sensors and passive components, has expanded its purchasing, pricing, availability and delivery offerings via its TE Store. Although similar services are offered by TE distributors, TE’s chief eBusiness and digital officer Nitin Mathur said there is a large population of global users that…

How Engineers View Demand Creation

Engineers should be thrilled by all the attention they’re getting these days. Component makers, manufacturer’s reps and now distributors have all pledged to be the designer’s best friend. The industry’s’ two largest distributors, Avnet Inc. and Arrow Electronics Inc., have invested heavily in field applications engineers (FAEs) and in the maker movement — Arrow has…

Switch manufacturers that offer value-added services, including manufacturing modules and custom assemblies, can deliver complete electromechanical solutions that not only meet the size and performance requirements, but can also withstand the elements like vibration and shock.

A Smorgasbord of Tiny Switches fit for Consumer Devices

Judging by the way some users handle portable consumer electronics, it’s fair to say that they can be considered harsh environment devices. Cell phones, MP3 players, tablets and other portable electronic devices have become ubiquitous personal and professional tools that are used constantly throughout the day and not with the gentlest of care. As a…

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It’s Official: Amazon is Selling Components

The announcement heralds “convenience, business-only selection and pricing and free two-day shipping.” “Catalog distributor” you say? Nope.  Amazon.com/business, which was announced today. In many ways, it’s the distribution industry’s worst nightmare. To date, the esoteric, complex and often-expensive electronics components that engineers use to design high-tech products were sold predominantly directly from suppliers or through…

79% of Engineers Use Dev Kits for Production Designs

Chicago, Ill. – Development kits have become instrumental in taking electronic designs through to end products, according to a new report from element14. It reveals that 79 percent of engineers use all or part of their development kit designs in their final production designs, beyond the prototyping and testing stage. Three-quarters also agree development kits are playing…