The economic downturn disrupted the supply of electronic components, leaving a supply chain with fewer players, each of whom has diminished capacity. This is putting serious strain on the manufacturers trying to build and launch new products quickly.
My post this summer about the limited availability of tantalum capacitors was based on conversations with small and mid-size manufacturers who could not buy enough of certain components (not just tantalum capacitors) for their products. We’d love to hear from more engineers and manufacturers. How do you find the parts you need to build and launch your products? Are there areas that are particularly challenging?
Please let us know how you identify, select and price components by commenting below. And feel free to spread the word to any friends or colleagues who might be willing to share their experiences too!