OEMs: Preparing for the Unexpected in a Global World

By Logan Wamsley

Some supply chain risks are predictable and even expected — and as such, OEMs, through proper foresight and preparation, can mitigate, if not outright eliminate, any issues that may occur because of them. Other risks, however, cannot be easily quantified, and therefore, cannot be predicted with any real assurance. One such instance is the inherent…

2019 Is the Time to Consider Die and Wafer Banking

By Logan Wamsley

The silicon wafer market experienced a market boom between 2016 and 2018. In 2018 alone, silicon wafer shipments reached a record high of 12,732 million square inches (MSI), which was up 8 percent from 2018. Despite 3.6 percent market growth through 2019, however, certain areas of the silicon wafer industry have experienced a minor slowdown,…

BOM Monitoring from an Engineer’s Eyes

By Logan Wamsley

When viewing the electronics manufacturing industry from the outside, it is easy to gloss over the market conditions that have every bit as much to do with the production process as the design and assembly of the product itself. Just as a chef can only cook with the right ingredients, or a car technician can…

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…