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…

Coronavirus Represents a Last Time Buy Opportunity

By Logan Wamsley

In a previous blog, we noted that despite the threat the novel coronavirus presents to global supply chains and general component market uncertainty, it also presents a rare opportunity for OEMs to take a step back and re-evaluate the strategies they currently are implementing to avoid disruption. Should they be found lacking, it might be…

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…

You Just Received a PCN…Now What?

By Logan Wamsley

If your company just received a product change notification (PCN) for a critical electronic component or semiconductor, the first thing you should do is consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Of all the electronic components that transition toward obsolescence, roughly half are issued without any prior notice. While component manufactures do strive to keep…