Among many of Honeywell’s industrial concerns, RoHS compliance and keeping component data attributes as current as possible are chief points of emphasis. SiliconExpert’s BOM Manager, in conjunction with Part Search’s unmatched functionality to parametrically search and cross-reference over 300 millions electronic parts, has transformed these concerns into valuable results.
“Because RoHS compliance affects how we have to change our actual products, BOM Manager has been invaluable in ensuring our certificates are up-to-date,” Erwan details. “We also value the product change notifications that warn us of future obsolescence because it allows us to plan ahead, to gauge if we should start testing alternate parts to deal with forthcoming issues.”
Additionally, merging and integrating all of SiliconExpert’s component data with Honeywell’s own database has yielded some tremendous results, in some cases quantifiable while in others incalculable.
For example, use of Part Search found that multiple Honeywell’s divisions were ordering the same electronic part, but with different part numbers—consolidating those parts instantly saved Honeywell thousands of dollars. On another occasion, use of SiliconExpert’s tools prevented a production line from shutting down, effectively avoiding the costly process to reset production.
Erwan and his teams at Honeywell have within reach every component attribute relevant in the entire lifecycle of a product, including pricing and inventory, which has led to invaluable strategic sourcing. This vital resource has enabled Honeywell teams to identify numerous alternate sources for components, the chief factor that secured continuity of the production line. In regards to that incredible saving of time and money, Erwan remarks that “you can’t put an exact number on it, but you could imagine it would be very high.”