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Procurement ‘Trio’ Poses OEM Issues

A sharp procurement eye must be constantly cast on innumerable potential pitfalls.

With PCB Procurement come two extremes you can hardly escape: the new component and the old. And right in the middle are those components not designed in the US. All three scenarios pose challenges and potential pitfalls for OEMs.

It’s important to clearly define “new” in this case to avoid disservice to other, well-documented new components. Here, when these “new” components come on the market, they are not stabilized and time tested. This means that at this early stage of their product lifecycle, meaningful product data are not yet sufficiently available, and they are mostly intended for evaluation use.

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