Yes, this is very true. This more true when looking for speciality application like military application or high temperature parts. We do loose our sleep for few weeks until we get suitable parts. After locating this parts, it is very difficult to get parts and its literature. That is life of design engineer but it is very good.
Barbara, I do agree that design engineers waste a lot of time trying to find reference material and component information. And comparing different options head-to-head often seems like an impossibility due to the varying quality of information available.
Like you say, I'm not sure if there's any specific site or organization that could solve all these issues. This is a very common problem, however, and while some distributors are making great strides in making useful information available in an easier-to-find way, there is still a lot of work to be done: even if one does find the information they need, they often need to go elsewhere to finish the job.
But since I can't claim to be fully informed as to what's going on in this space -- especially from the perspective of people outside of my profession -- I think a Webinar is a great idea!
And I hope you're eventually able to fix that furniture!
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.
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.