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…

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.…

The Connection Between BOM Monitoring and Last Time Buys

By Logan Wamsley

The inventory procurement process in the middle of a production run for most manufacturers moves so fast that many engineers do not stop to consider exactly how the process is typically structured. Rather than viewing the process as a singular event, it instead can be broken down into a three-step process: notification, inventory discovery, and…

How Medical OEMs Can Overcome Impending Tariffs

By Logan Wamsley

As analysts continue to follow the trade tensions between the U.S. and China, particular emphasis has been placed on how the new tariffs will affect the medical device industry. The Effect of Tariffs In May 2019, the current U.S. administration announced new tariffs as high as 25 percent, which is a significant increase considering the…