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…

The Need for Rapid RFQs in the Modern Supply Chain

By Logan Wamsley

So much of the business continuity that defines the success of an electronic equipment supply chain — or any supply chain — is based on an OEM’s ability to maintain open lines of communication with their suppliers. The act of transitioning an active electronic component or semiconductor to obsolescence, for example, is a decision made…

The Link Between Obsolescence Management and Transparency

By Logan Wamsley

Although many manufacturing cycles in the last century have been defined by periods of consolidation and diversification (aerospace being a notable example of this), few analysts would argue that the electronics supply chain has not grown substantially more complex in a relatively short amount of time. Many industries that rarely had need for much beyond…

The Expanding Role of Contract Manufacturers, and Their Limits

By Logan Wamsley

There was a time in the not-so-distant past where contract manufacturers (CMs) fulfilled a singular role in an OEM supply chain: product assembly. It’s a vital step in the manufacturing process, to be sure, but it was also a role kept isolated from the other processes necessary to fully realize a concept from design to…

Where Last Time Buys Fit into the Aerospace Industry

By Logan Wamsley

There are some aerospace products that will never be considered obsolete. Many of the largest component manufacturers in the industry have been supplying nuts and bolts to aircraft specifications for decades — and other than oscillating between titanium, stainless steel, aluminum, and other exotic materials, those designs are not going away anytime soon. Other products…