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,…

Five Questions to Ask Your Electronic Inventory Storage Provider

By Logan Wamsley

With electronic OEMs being pushed to their limits in terms of production schedules, in-house storage capacity, and working capital, the use of third-party service providers is quickly transitioning from being a luxury to a necessity. One of the first services OEMs look to have fulfilled by these third parties is electronic component storage sufficient to…

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…