Products have a useful life that surpasses that of the components they are made of. As a result, it becomes critical to ensure you have a reliable source of the components involved, including those that are/would become obsolete soon.
Electronic design is not easy nowadays and a non-strategic selection of electronic components can create a domino effect when this “simple first tip” could help you to have further insights to optimally manage this situation that has become the order of the day.
First, we suggest you pay attention to the type of relationship you have with your supplier. Can he provide you with all the information you need to protect your production chain? We at Electronic Partner mainly ask our suppliers for all the information that can be useful to our partners, regardless of whether or not we will then manage the orders of the eventual items in question with you!
Every day we live in the dynamic that the lowest purchase cost might attract a lot (we also buy from our suppliers 😉 ) but it is not always the best choice in terms of effectiveness and efficiency. Unfortunately, more and more rarely the lowest cost is linked to the best deal, on the contrary, more and more often it is a symptom of counterfeiting of the component.
We suggest at this point to investigate the nature of the component, its real date of manufacture, …. And on the current ”cv of your supplier”, which can change all the time given the very high risk of non-conforming material in this period!
But that’s not all: you can look for equivalent components. Then at this stage, once identified, the independent distributor can give you a worldwide view, if he has the appropriate network of suppliers (but does he!?). We are specialized in this kind of challenge and knowing that we can help you solve the problem is reflected in the passion we have in social work where, why not, we hope to contaminate you!