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,…

Where Do Last Time Buys Fit into a Post-Silicon World

By Logan Wamsley

There are many variables that can result in supply chain disruption, from the assembly line all the way down to the acquisition of raw materials. Most recently, these disruptions have been primarily caused by a combination of escalating demand for capacitors, resistors, and discrete semiconductors, and a notable lack of investment into capacity by component…

‘Stretchable’ Electronics and the Dangers of Introducing Innovation

By Logan Wamsley

With foldable smartphones dominating the tech news cycle as of late, one would be forgiven for believing the future of so-called “stretchable” electronics is focused squarely in that sphere. In fact, stretchable electronics is based on technology that is altogether different than what makes a Galaxy Fold slip comfortably into the tightest of pockets. Imagine…

History of the Partstat Last Time Buy Solution

By Logan Wamsley

27+ years of industry experience looks nice in bold lettering, and even better on our website paired next to one of our solutions that addresses the most pressing issues facing the modern supply chain: component obsolescence, business continuity, etc. Putting a number on our experience, however, does come with some unintended drawbacks. Just looking at…

OEMs: It’s Time to Make Your Working Capital Work for You

By Logan Wamsley

The act of saving working capital is a critical piece of any OEM’s long-term strategy, and it’s a common indicator for how well positioned the company is for future success. It also represents a failsafe that can be tapped to help the OEM overcome significant disruptions that may occur – including supply chain disruptions caused…

2019 New Year Resolutions for Your Supply Chain

By Logan Wamsley

2018 has officially come and gone, and for many professionals involved in the manufacturing supply chain, the end couldn’t have come soon enough. Despite the electronic component market increasing approximately 8% – with even faster growth expected in 2019 with the rollout of 5G networks – supply has consistently failed to match the skyrocketing demand.…