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The 5 Biggest Pitfalls of Managing Electronic Part Data In-House

A White Paper on the top five pitfalls of Managing Electronic Part Data In-House and the benefits of using third party tools instead.

5 Pitfalls White Paper Abstract

Many electronics original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) choose to manage their part data in-house. This paper outlines the five biggest pitfalls of doing so, and demonstrates how the use of third-party tools and services can alleviate those concerns.

The five pitfalls we will cover are:

  1. Wasted Time and Resources
  2. Poor Part Selection
  3. Inefficient Obsolescence Management
  4. Non-Measurable Processes
  5. Getting Lost in the Data

By exploring these pitfalls and their consequences, we will make the case that subscribing to a third-party service will result in lower costs, improved resource efficiency, and better end products.

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"Managing our component database and keeping it updated was a daunting task. Our engineers require the latest information on the electronic components selected for our products and any lapse in the availability or freshness of the data is simply not acceptable. If it weren’t for SiliconExpert’s tools, we would still be living in the stone age.”

John Starr | Component Engineer | Intermec, Inc.

“In the movement to normalize processes, our teams recognized SiliconExpert as the tool that helped us achieve a lot more than expected during our data transition phase. With access to unparalleled amounts of unbiased and complete component data, we immediately realized how much potential time and money could be saved just with the BOM Manager alone. With everything considered,SiliconExpert presented the fastest and best solution.”

Erwan Rivet | Director of Engineering | Honeywell

"In the past, obsolescence data was limited to available/not available stats provided directly by part manufacturers. Parts were selected with little to no insight into their obsolescence lifecycle, leaving the possibility of selecting a soon-to-be obsolete part dangerously high. We’ve seen some nice savings in man hours, rather than going to a bunch of different sources, which is very time consuming, we can often just go to SiliconExpert and get the data we need right away.”

Lenny Tosto | Engineer | Northrop Grumman