The need for strict procurement processes is incredibly important. An approved supplier list seems pretty basic in developing a reliable supply chain. The Department of Defense, as well as the Department of Commerce has established a qualification list for their suppliers for both specialty hardware such as fasteners, rivets, brackets, etc. and for electronic components. The DoD uses a classification of QSLD (Qualified Supply List Distributor). To receive this certification, a distributor must have successfully completed a rigorous on-site business and quality audit that includes a full review of all processing used in the supply chain. Buying from a QSLD certified supplier who can also provide tractability will create a tight control against counterfeits. As rightly stated, many military requirements use very old parts and the availability of trace docs can be impossible, Only a supplier with full testing facility including x-ray, decapsulation equipment, etc., along with trained staff to do the testing will be able to assist aerospace and defense customers when the "active" parts are non-existent.
It seems that every industry in susceptible to counterfeiting within their supply chain network, even the defense industry.The ramifications of counterfeiting in this industry could have lethal consequences.I am surprised that the recommendations did not call for more track and trace asset tracking technology and I was also surprised that this industry does not have an “Approved Suppliers list for use by government and industry”, as one of the recommendations states.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.