US Government Fails Counterfeit Detection 101

Defense contractors, distributors, semiconductor companies, and independent brokers have taken a lot of heat over the last year on the issue of counterfeit electronics. That heat grew particularly intense last November when the US Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), held hearings and released information from its investigation into the Department…

WPG Americas Debuts Conflict-Free Minerals Site

SAN JOSE — WPG Americas Inc. (WPGA) is aware of the role that minerals found in electronic components play in perpetuating the humanitarian crisis in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining regions recognized worldwide for human rights violations and environmental degradation. To ensure the non-use of these materials, WPGA has implemented…

Illusions of ‘Conflict-Free’ Minerals

The hubris over “conflict minerals” has resumed again. Several high-tech companies are being hailed as heroes that are “pioneering progress toward wiping out the use of conflict minerals,” according to a Reuters report. The Enough Project's annual score card for electronics companies trying to cut out conflict minerals from the supply chain showed many Western…

US Green: 50 States, 50 Laws

Within both the US and the EU, member states are intent on developing and enforcing their own directives. Environmental guidelines are no different — even with an overarching authority (the federal government in the US and the EU Commission in Europe) in place, guidelines differ from place to place. The electronics supply chain is used…

Cutting Down on the Cost of Green

“Don't reinvent the wheel” is an old maxim, but it's still quite effective at conveying why tapping existing resources is more beneficial to an enterprise than trying to re-create a proven solution. This is more applicable than ever today for electronics equipment vendors, component suppliers, and contract manufacturers when it comes to compliance with environmental…

This Month on Velocity: Green Compliance

Velocity, the supply-chain-focused section of EBN sponsored by {complink 577|Avnet Inc.}, is a mere three weeks old, but it is already drawing kudos from observers for helping to direct attention to critical issues affecting all companies involved in the design, manufacture, sales, and support of electronic equipment. In July, writers and contributors to Velocity explored…