Medical Device EMS Providers: Are You Offering These to OEMs?

By Logan Wamsley

Approximately eight months into the COVID-19 era, the medical device industry is still coming to terms with the effects the pandemic continues to have on manufacturing. As of this writing, the number of hospitalizations in the U.S. reached over 85,000. According to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the U.S. can…

Staying Ahead of Risk with BOM Monitoring

By Logan Wamsley

The goal of any OEM or EMS provider is to identify and mitigate any risk associated with the design and production of their products. While this may be simple to say, what form such risks take can be broad and at times unpredictable; geopolitical uncertainty, unexpected component obsolescence, raw material shortages, and unforeseen externalities, such…

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…

Partstat FAQ for Contract Manufacturers

By Logan Wamsley

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are not the only entities who benefit from the many solutions offered by Partstat. When leveraging Partstat solutions, contract manufacturers are poised to see significant improvement in their own processes and in relationships with OEMs. To help illustrate this, we have compiled a brief list of frequently asked questions we’ve received…