EMS Providers, OEM Partners, and the “Golden Screw” Dilemma

By Logan Wamsley

A Supply Chain Defined by Disruption In today’s global supply chain, the “golden screw” dilemma is becoming increasingly common. This is when a manufacturer has completed between approximately 80% and 99% assembly of a product, but for one reason or another, it cannot acquire one specific, critical part to complete the assembly and ship the…

Following New US Chip Sanctions, Automakers Turn to Black Market

By Logan Wamsley

U.S. automakers officially may be at their breaking point. In a year that has seen raw material shortages, skyrocketing lead times, ongoing complications from stringent COVID-19 protocols, port congestion, and other major supply chain disruptions, the repercussions of the recent U.S. sanctions against the sale of chips and chip-making equipment to China are now pushing…

Five Benefits of Buffer Stock

By Logan Wamsley

Buffer stock goes far beyond electronic components, semiconductors, raw die and wafer, or any other critical inventory needed by a manufacturer to maintain business continuity. Indeed, the idea of buffer stock has been around in some form since nearly the dawn of civilization, when farmers and hunter-gatherers would stock up on food to survive long…

Could Major Chip Manufacturer Layoffs Affect Domestic Chip Production?

By Logan Wamsley

After the election, one of the first executive orders from President Joe Biden was dedicated to analyzing U.S. supply chains to see how his administration could help boost domestic production, especially for electronic components and semiconductors which overwhelmingly are produced in Taiwan and, to a lesser extent, China. Earlier this year, the U.S. government took…

What Is Die Banking?

By Logan Wamsley

Die banking is a process through which raw die and wafer is stored by a manufacturer until it is required for ASIC assembly. Because of its ability to keep manufacturers from continuously re-entering the marketplace, die banking is a great way to help avoid price increases, extended lead times, and many kinds of supply chain…