Semiconductor Manufacturers Struggling With Obsoleting End-of-Life Components Should Read This

By Logan Wamsley

The issue semiconductor manufacturers face transitioning end-of-life (EOL) electronic components toward obsolescence is difficult to solve. While inevitable and necessary to continue offering products to the highest proportion of consumers, the risk of alienating a significant number of long-standing, loyal customers is ever present. Even with appropriate notice via a PCN, unexpected obsolescence puts legacy…

Last Time Buys Don’t Have to Be a Last Resort

By Logan Wamsley

Although last time buys are a critical element of any manufacturing process, it has been historically difficult to view them in anything but a negative light. When a last time buy becomes necessary, it means that something has not gone according to plan — a component essential to the build has unexpectedly been transitioned toward…

Contract Electronics Manufacturers: Free Up Your Cash Flow With Partstat

By Logan Wamsley

Contract electronics manufacturers, especially in today’s environment, struggle with cash flow issues. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the need for businesses to free up what limited capital they have on hand to not just meet their production goals, but to implement critical safety measures to keep their employees safe. “[I]n a time like this,…

What Can OCMs Do to Retain Long-Standing OEM Customers?

By Logan Wamsley

There is very little understanding as of now to just what the long-term effects of COVID-19 will be for supply chains, and more specifically, supply chains as they relate to component manufacturers (OCMs). Recent news has been somewhat positive as many component manufacturers prepare to resume production, but resuming at full capacity is largely out…

Aerospace OEMs Are Facing a Working Capital Crisis – This Can Help

By Logan Wamsley

Most aviation-related manufacturers run at tight margins even in the best of times, so the shock of the COVID-19-related shutdown of many supply lines has been difficult to overcome, to say the least. It is worth noting that the current crisis also comes at a time when aviation manufacturing is already struggling. Parts suppliers, component…