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…

The Only Way to Solve the Counterfeit Electronic Component Problem

By Logan Wamsley

For every sign of progress regarding attempts to fight counterfeit issues in the electronics manufacturing industry, the more it becomes apparent that the industry has a long way to go before this dangerous risk is fully mitigated. For example, just this week, the U.S. Congress introduced the Secure E-Waste Export and Recycling Act (SERA), which…

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,…