OEMs: Preparing for the Unexpected in a Global World

By Logan Wamsley

Some supply chain risks are predictable and even expected — and as such, OEMs, through proper foresight and preparation, can mitigate, if not outright eliminate, any issues that may occur because of them. Other risks, however, cannot be easily quantified, and therefore, cannot be predicted with any real assurance. One such instance is the inherent…

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,…

Counterfeit Prevention Starts With Purchasing Direct from the OCM

By Logan Wamsley

The issue of counterfeit electronic components unknowingly entering into OEM product designs has always been an inherent risk, but as counterfeit suppliers have gotten more sophisticated in their approach and have succeeded in entering designs ranging from life-saving medical devices to military equipment, the electronics industry has of late been rushing to uncover solutions to…

Should OEMs “Future Proof” Critical Inventory Storage? Yes!

By Logan Wamsley

It is easy for OEMs to consider their storage facilities, if they have such facilities at all, as entities that transcend time. Storage, by its very nature, typically is not really associated with innovation as much as keeping status quo. In other words, what gets stored should, presumably, maintain its same form and function for…

What OEM Customers Want: The Value of Intellectual Property

By Logan Wamsley

Imagine that your product sits on a shelf directly next to your competition. Now imagine that your customer strolls by with their shopping cart and considers each carefully. He or she picks the product up, reads the labels, perhaps shakes it a few times, and then, almost arbitrarily, decides which to take and walks away.…

You Just Received a PCN…Now What?

By Logan Wamsley

If your company just received a product change notification (PCN) for a critical electronic component or semiconductor, the first thing you should do is consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Of all the electronic components that transition toward obsolescence, roughly half are issued without any prior notice. While component manufactures do strive to keep…