Obsolescence Throws Another Curve Ball in the Supply Chain

When the supply chain is squeezed, how do you find parts that are already elusive? Picture this: You are an electronics OEM working in defense/aerospace, medical, telecom, or the industrial controls sectors – where a large part of your bill of materials (BOM) consists of mature devices. In your world, manufacturers’ product discontinuance notices (PDNs)…

Using Automation Intentionally to Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

Distributors, manufacturers, and many other businesses are using automation technologies to improve supply chain efficiency. But they may only be scratching the surface of automation. And with the right approach, businesses of all sizes and across all industries can use automation technology to optimize supply chain efficiency — and more. Artificial intelligence (AI) bolsters back-office…

Special Report: Navigating a Course to the Supply Chain’s ‘New Normal’

Editor’s note: Earlier this year the Special Projects team at AspenCore Media began compiling articles for a comprehensive report on the electronics supply chain. Although that project was delayed  — this is the supply chain, after all — the content provides an in-depth snapshot of the year that was. This is part of our Special…

Chip Capex to Grow 34% in 2021 to Reach Record $152 Billion

Purse strings were wide open this year as worldwide semiconductor capex is on track to surge 34% —  its strongest percentage gain since a 41% increase in 2017 — to $152 billion, according to IC Insights. The $152 billion in outlays this year would represent a new record-high annual amount of spending, surpassing the previous…

How Can Companies Combat the Electronic Components Shortage?

The ongoing electronic components shortage continues to disrupt businesses across the economy. Combined with other current supply chain crises — like growing port congestion and a shortage of truck drivers — the shortage has made electronics device manufacturing much more of a challenge. For businesses navigating the shortage, these strategies may be the most effective…