22 Apr 2022 -
 General

Supply shortages forcing manufacturers towards ‘aged’ components

In the wake of the ongoing issues with supply, signs of desperation are beginning to show in the industry, and now people are turning to aged components and even looking at non-RoHS compliant parts as they’re unable to source new ones, reports New Electronics (NE).

“For smaller manufacturers without sufficient stockpiles of materials or necessary reserves, the outlook is bleak, and many are being driven to what feels like their only option,” writes NE. Manufacturers unable to source new components have been forced to use old or ‘aged’ components instead. “Of course, used parts will decline in quality much faster than unused components. 

“We’re very aware that the demand for certain components is at an all-time high, but the risk from using aged components in specific applications hasn’t changed.” In some situations a 5-year-old used IC circuit may be adequate, but in others – not.

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