29 Apr '12, 5am

Component Purchasers' Ultimate Nightmare - EBN

Everyone knows the worst-case scenario: A critical component cannot be found anywhere in the supply chain because it is no longer being produced, and even the original manufacturer has no clue as to how a buyer could solve the problem. It's a problem many in the electronics industry grapple with every day. Here's how it goes: You have just released a product to manufacturing from R&D; Marketing has made preliminary product announcements (brochures, press releases, and ad placements in the various media); the factory has reviewed all the build and test specs; and the ball has been passed to Purchasing to send out the Request for Quotation (RFQ) and assess the MRP status on the parts already in the Item Master showing materials on order and on hand. Everything looks normal so far. But then you hit an unexpected snag. One-by-one, the RFQs from vendors and suppliers come back ...

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