Supply chain solution blog

Are CoC's still relevant today?


A Certificate of Conformity (CoC), also known as Certificate of Compliance, is a declaration from a supplier stating that the referenced product complies/conforms to all requirements, standards and/or specifications. A CoC assists with traceability of a product and offers reassurance which is vital in safeguarding your supply chain from counterfeits. Typically less than 1% of our customers request CoC's when ordering products which perhaps shows the lack of importance placed on having this paperwork. At Component Sense we verify all CoC's during our incoming inspection process although delivery notes from authorised sources such as manufacturers and franchise likely...

Protect yourself against counterfeits in these times of shortages


In February this year EPS News reported severe Electronic Component Shortages Possible in 2017. Since December 2016 we have experienced a significant rise in the number of enquiries we are receive each day. Our current volume of enquiries for electronic component stock is around 3 times higher than the same time last year. We are seeing shortages on a wide variety of products and brands. We are still nowhere near the heights of the shortages witnessed in 1999 / 2000 but if you were around then, you may remember that the lead up to that peak period was quite gradual. When...

Is your CMS or EMS managing your Excess and Obsolete stock effectively?


When you outsource your manufacturing you typically pass over control of your inventory to the Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) Company. In doing so, you have also passed the responsibility of managing your E&O over to them too. Many outsourcing contracts will state 'we will use best endeavours to mitigate your E&O liability'. Do you find yourself questioning whether or not they really are using their best endeavours? The EMS will typically pass around a list to brokers without sense checking the data and without properly populating the manufacturers part numbers. Often, they are concerned only with...

RE46C191S16TF Microchip Part - Cost Reduction Opportunity


RE46C191S16TF manufactured by Microchip is a CMOS low power, low voltage photoelectric smoke detector ASIC with interconnect and timer mode. Key Features: Two AA Battery Operation Internal Power On Reset Low Quiescent Current Consumption Available in 16L N SOIC Local Alarm Memory Interconnect up to 40 Detectors 9 Minute Timer for Sensitivity Control Temporal or Continuous Horn Pattern Internal Low Battery and Chamber Test All Internal Oscillator Internal Infrared Emitter Diode (IRED) driver Adjustable IRED Drive current Adjustable Hush Sensitivity 2% Low Battery Set Point See Microchip datasheet for more detailed information. Start saving today and buy RE46C191S16TF with our...

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