17 Apr 2023 -
 General

Supply chain still tops list of manufacturing problems

supply chain

“Procuring electronic components for products has been a struggle. Domestic labor shortages have also made maintaining experienced folks on the production line challenging. We’re addressing the supply-chain issues by sourcing some components from the open market and purchasing them well in advance. So, we’ve increased labor rates, and we’re in the process of adding a new production line with cobots.” – Nathan Andaya, Director Techline strategic business unit, LINAK U.S.

He was among several panelists who described their supply chain problems to Design World, who added, “To be clear, most industry experts we surveyed for the 2023 Design World Trends issue don’t expect a fully normal supply chain or labor market for another year.”

Tom Schroeder , Executive V.P., PBC Linear, said that while in most sectors the supply chain is starting to normalize, “Electronics components are still lagging behind the rest of the sectors … and that’s causing complications and production delays.”

According to Jeremy Miller, President, Motion Plus, electronics manufacturers also face “obscene lead times for component parts” — driving them to either work through brokerage firms or design in substitute components, often adding cost and complexity to the products they sell. Products with integrated microchips appear to be hardest hit in this area, he said.

Chris Gottlieb, Director of Drives and Controls at Kollmorgen, said, “We’ve seen supply-chain issues across the supply base and transportation sectors. It only takes one part to create a shortage on a final assembly, and we’ve experienced various issues from our vendors in market sectors mentioned in the news — semiconductors, materials — and those affected by transportation bottlenecks, cybercrime, and natural disasters. Kollmorgen works aggressively to keep materials flowing through broker purchases and engineering redesigns.”

To avoid electronics supply-chain disruptions, you may also wish to consult an expert in electronics component supply. With more than three decades of supply-chain expertise, Astute Electronics is ideally placed to work with you on your daily component requirements.

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