How to Reduce Defects in the Automotive Supply Chain

The automotive industry and its robust and complicated supply chain is constantly striving to reduce defective parts per million (DPPM). With autonomous vehicles entering mainstream markets over the next decade, the quality requirements for many automotive electronic systems are increasing rapidly, and suppliers have been required to shift from DPPM to DPPB (defective parts per…

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…

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,…

Quality & Traceability: Critical to Procurement

This month, Verical.Connect and EPS have taken a very close and important look at the cornerstones of quality and anti-counterfeiting strategies in the semiconductor and electronics supply chain. Sourcing and procurement have grown, expanded, and decidedly matured in terms of business operations/processes as well as the role that these departments play in the corporation. Quality…

Pasternack Names QA Manager

Pasternack Enterprises, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, announces the appointment of Mr. Bruce Yolken as the company’s Quality Assurance Manager. Mr. Yolken joins Pasternack with more than 30 years of Quality Assurance experience in the aerospace and defense sector. Prior to joining Pasternack, Mr. Yolken held multiple…

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Distribution: What’s Behind the Curtain

If your suppliers are doing their job right, life should be a bit like Oz. Somebody behind a curtain is managing things and everything looks great on the outside. Every once in a while, though, it’s worth peeling back the curtain. Several hundred people got that chance last week as Future Electronics celebrated the 10th…

Positive Disruption from IoT Growth Demands Quality Vigilance

The Internet of Things (IoT) news is all around us and ties directly to very promising forecasts of industry-wide growth from devices to components. However, counterfeiters look to times of change as an opportunity to introduce fraudulent parts into supply chains because change also brings companies into unchartered waters. For those who are not aligned…