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Component Sense Covid-19 Update

Component Sense Covid-19 Update
We want to reassure our customers, clients and business partners that while the coronavirus (Covid-19) situation is evolving and creating increasing uncertainty across the markets, Component Sense is currently still trading and shipping orders. Based on the location of our headquarters, employees, and on the advice of respective local governments, a large part of our global team are now working remotely in order to achieve social distancing. This is to both safeguard our staff and to ensure that we can continue to provide a high level of service. We will keep you updated with any developments as information comes to...

Coronavirus is Disrupting the Electronics Supply Chain

Coronavirus is Disrupting the Electronics Supply Chain
With over 90,000 confirmed cases and over 3,000 deaths, the coronavirus has already spread to over 70 countries in a matter of weeks. Although the situation in China appears to be stabilising, new cases from South Korea, Italy, Iran and beyond are being identified. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has increased the risk assessment of COVID-19 to 'very high' on a global scale, amid fear that the virus could go in ‘any direction’. The outbreak has eclipsed most headlines, and for good reason. The impact of COVID-19 on supply chain, logistics, and the global economy as a whole is worrying....

Researchers Develop a Tiny ID Chip to Tackle Counterfeiting

Researchers Develop a Tiny ID Chip to Tackle Counterfeiting
Electronic components are a popular target for counterfeiting, and are an ongoing problem that costs the electronics industry billions of dollars each year. To tackle the issue of counterfeits entering the supply chain, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have invented a tiny new ID chip that is small enough to fit onto small electronic components in order to verify their authenticity. While existing radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are becoming increasingly popular as a way of authenticating parts, they are costly to manufacture, too large to fit on tiny components, and require too much power to run...

Are CoC's still relevant today?

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 add as...

Supply Chain, Back to the Future!

Supply Chain, Back to the Future!
The negative impact of the counterfeit threat has hit OEM and EMS companies hard. For many, cost reduction through clever sourcing is no longer an option as it is deemed too risky. How did this happen? I started out in the electronics business 32 years ago serving my time as an engineer in the Aerospace sector. Much later, when I joined one of the world's largest Franchised Distributors in 1999 I began to realise that every company I dealt with had a few "brokers" up their sleeve. This allowed them to make PPV or savings on their BOM cost. At...

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