The 2019 Electronic Component Market So Far

By Logan Wamsley

Late 2017 and 2018 can be marked in the books as a record period for electronics manufacturing industry professionals, although not in the way anyone would like. Interconnects, passives, electromechanical devices, SMD resistors, and MLCCs, due to unprecedented demand in the automotive & IoT markets combined with component manufacturers’ inability to expand supply in a…

Raw Material Shortages Will Prompt Last Time Buys

By Logan Wamsley

If asked what determines the manufacturing cost of an electronic component, many might be surprised to discover that the most capital is spent during raw materials acquisition. This holds particularly true for passive components such as multilayered ceramic chip capacitors (MLCCs), which incorporate a variety of materials into their designs including nickel, copper, aluminum, zinc,…

Where Do Last Time Buys Fit into a Post-Silicon World

By Logan Wamsley

There are many variables that can result in supply chain disruption, from the assembly line all the way down to the acquisition of raw materials. Most recently, these disruptions have been primarily caused by a combination of escalating demand for capacitors, resistors, and discrete semiconductors, and a notable lack of investment into capacity by component…

The Historical Costs of Obsolescence Management With Big Data

By Logan Wamsley

One of the most significant features of all of Partstat’s obsolescence management solutions — BOM Monitoring, Part Search, Excess Inventory, and API — is our access to Big Data. Through the inventory uploads from thousands of manufacturers and authorized suppliers, Partstat allows our users access to over 50 billion points of Big Data. This provides…

BOM Monitoring: Putting Obsolescence Management Back in OEM Hands

By Logan Wamsley

Traditionally, equipment manufacturers have viewed obsolescence management as a strategy that requires implementation only when the market explicitly declares it necessary. Through a product change notification (PCN) or other similar channel, the buyer would be notified when a pivot is necessary. Under certain circumstances, this is not necessarily a poor strategy — such a model…