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…

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,…

The Narrowing Gap Between Healthcare and Consumer Electronics

By Logan Wamsley

Not long ago, few would argue that the healthcare and consumer electronics industries had anything in common. In fact, the two industries in many respects existed as polar inverses of each other. Where one was defined by ever-shortening lifecycles in line with both short consumer buyer cycles and electronic component lifecycles, the other was defined…