Reliance on Compliance: Evolving Industry Standards

The variety of product labeling standards set forth, or under consideration, by organizations such as the Electronics Components Industry Association (ECIA), Electronics Components Association (ECA), Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JDEC), Government Electronics and Information Technology Association (GEIA), now part of TechAmerica, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), and Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) present additional labeling challenges.…

SAE Anti-Fake Rule Emphasizes the Channel

There are a number of problems associated with counterfeit components in the electronics supply chain, chief of which is the lack of agreement on a single standard for counterfeit prevention. However, the SAE, a global association of engineers and technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries, recently published an international standard that focuses…

Counterfeit vs. ‘Nonconforming’ Parts Rule Stirs Industry Concern

The much ballyhooed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which tackles the issue of counterfeit components in the Department of Defense supply chain, has left many in the electronics industry scratching their heads. Although it is not unusual for the language of a rule to be either too vague or too restrictive, the Federal Acquisition Regulation…

Doing Business in Korea, Part 1

For many tech workers in the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region is just that—a region. Global electronics companies, of course, have figured out that each country within this vast region is unique. Within the distribution industry, independents such as Smith & Associates set up shop overseas more than a decade ago to expedite trade in electronics.…

Manufacturing Rebounds From Winter & Budget Woes

There are still plenty of reasons to be concerned about policies in Washington D.C., but budget fears seem to be abating among manufacturers. In its monthly report on the domestic manufacturing industry, the Institute for Supply Management found in two major sectors – computer and electronic products and transportation equipment – government spending is loosening…