May 28, 2013

Converge Reaches Across Industries

Technology has come so far so fast it’s now hard to imagine any industry or product that does not have a need for some type of electronic component. Everything we seem to touch and utilize in our modern day contains some type of board, processor, chip, sensor or switch. With the ongoing advancement of technology, the need for suppliers/distributors becomes obvious.

Although some suppliers have established a reputation and have been around for decades, not all independent distributors are the same. Some specialize in certain components for specific industries, and others may supply parts only for a particular finished product. But no matter what type of component, product or industry they supply, all distributors have one thing in common; They all must procure their parts from manufacturers or vendors somewhere in the world.

Procurement of a part requires a company to have a reliable source — a vendor that has been vetted, approved and has established an ongoing relationship. That vendor must be depended upon to provide the highest-quality parts regardless of the industry or product.

And it doesn’t stop with having just one trusted and reliable source. A distributor with global reach in a supply chain is expected to have a variety of approved vendors across all industries. This provides customers with the best surplus remarketing solutions and with the most options for the timely fulfillment of parts, especially in a shortage market.

Managing a list of reliable and approved vendors across all major vertical markets is no easy task; a distributor should have some type of vendor management or quality control processes in place to maintain a database of approved vendors, monitor vendor performance and track orders.

Converge not only has the established global partnerships and standardized processes in place but we also have over three decades of market intelligence experience procuring components in industries such as Computers and Peripherals, Consumer Electronics, Home Energy, Industrial Automation/Embedded, and Telecommunications as well as some of the higher-reliability markets. These industries represent some of the fastest-growing segments of the electronics industry, with demand fluctuations that are most often dependent on existing market conditions.

For example, the Telecommunications market may have a history of high demand for network processors and modem chips, whereas the Computers and Peripherals market may have had a higher demand for CPUs and LCDs.

But no matter how the specific demand or requirement varies depending on the product, volume, end user or regulations, Converge understands that our customers need the latest parts quickly to continue meeting the challenges of these growing markets and evolving technology.

Regardless of the part or industry, we are the trusted sourcing partner you can depend on.

For more information on the industries we service and/or the components we supply, contact us.

May 9, 2013

What Is the New AS6081 Standard?

SAE recently released the new AS6081 Standard, otherwise defined as Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronic Parts: Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition – Distributors.

So what does all that mean?

The new AS6081 is a quality standard designed to provide an even higher level of protection against counterfeit components for customers in the aerospace/defense industry and the global supply chain.

This new standard released by the SAE International G-19 Distributor Committee allows electronic component distributors in high-reliability markets to:

  • Help identify reliable sources to procure parts through supplier/vendor management 
  • Evaluate/mitigate risk of fraudulent/counterfeit parts being distributed
  • Assist in controlling suspect or confirmed fraudulent/counterfeit parts
  • Properly report suspect and confirmed fraudulent/counterfeit parts to other potential users and Authority Having Jurisdiction
Those of you who have read any of our blogs know how seriously Converge takes quality and counterfeit prevention. In fact, we are constantly evaluating and improving our processes and procedures to ensure that we are procuring electronics components of the highest quality. Every component that passes through our facility must go through a rigorous quality inspection process. So, what better way to prove to our customers how committed we are to quality, security, and continual improvement than to seek certification in the new AS6081 Standard?

In January, Converge completed one of the first AS6081 implementation training sessions sponsored by SAE International in preparation for the certification audit.

The training session provided detailed information on AS6081 requirements and included topics such as:

  • Overview on the rise of counterfeit components in the supply chain
  • The certification process
  • How to incorporate this standard into current quality management systems
  • Identifying various AS6081 test methods
  • Developing a plan for implementation and compliance
Although the official date for when the accreditation and certification bodies will be ready to begin conducting the audits is not known, it is expected to be sometime later this year. In the meantime, Converge has been busy preparing for this extensive audit to ensure that we are fully compliant well in advance. Our goal is to obtain AS6081 certification at the earliest date possible from the accreditation and certification bodies when they become authorized to perform the audits to the standard.

This is yet another level of quality reassurance that we can provide our high-reliability customers in the electronic components supply chain.

For more information on our certifications and the AS6081 Standard, contact us.