The Electronics Manufacturing Industry Has a Lot to Be Thankful For This Year

By Logan Wamsley

Fast-paced, competitive business environments are not ones that often lend themselves to quiet moments of reflection. The need to continually push forward, meet deadlines and production orders, and reach the pinnacle of your industry (and remain there once that is achieved) are all-compassing goals that require near-constant diligence. As William S. Burroughs once famously said,…

The Limitations of a Product Change Notification

By Logan Wamsley

The issuance of a product change notification (PCN) from a component manufacturer has become a key part of an OEM’s production process. While each component manufacturer will have their own unique policy regarding PCNs, essentially their goal is to notify customers of an impending decision that may impact their supply chain. For example, if the…

2019 Is the Time to Consider Die and Wafer Banking

By Logan Wamsley

The silicon wafer market experienced a market boom between 2016 and 2018. In 2018 alone, silicon wafer shipments reached a record high of 12,732 million square inches (MSI), which was up 8 percent from 2018. Despite 3.6 percent market growth through 2019, however, certain areas of the silicon wafer industry have experienced a minor slowdown,…

The Value of BOM Monitoring in the Design Phase

By Logan Wamsley

When one tries to quantify the value an accurate, comprehensive BOM Monitoring platform can bring to an OEM supply chain, it is easy to forget that BOM Monitoring plays a vital role in all phases of the OEM product lifecycle, not just the end. The needs of the modern supply chain are rapidly changing by…

Is Electronic Component Demand Trending Downward? Here Are the Details

By Logan Wamsley

The escalating electronic component demand further exacerbated by component manufacturers’ inability to adequately ramp up production appears to have plateaued – and according to one report published by Technology Partners Consulting (TPC). “Based on our findings,” says TPC, “we believe the industry has yet to see a bottom as demand and bookings continue to weaken,…