@Jesse, that makes total sense to me. I was wondering too if these other industries can manage the cost associated with vigilance in the way that aerospace/defense can. Are there ways to combine safety and affordability?
@Hailey - Absolutely. The quality and counterfeit certifications that pertain to the defense and aerospace certainly have applicability to other industries. Parts and components sold to aerospace and defense companies are often used in life-critical applications. With that said, the level of vigilance required by distributors in that market certainly would carry over to medical, automotive and other markets where parts/components are similarly life-critical.
@Jesse, clealry smart organizations build close relationship with trusted partners. In many cases, independants provide services and products that can't be had anywhere else.
The lists and certifications you mention, QTSL and AS6081, are aimed largely at for the military correct? Do you think they are more broadly applicable to other industries as an indication of committment to quality, etc?
This post does a nice job of summarizing the options available to buyers who face EOL and strategic planning issues. I think the rationale is sound and certainly makes sense.
One additional point I would add is that there are a handful of independent distributors who have invested the time and resources necessary to protect supply chains from the uncertainties of the grey market. Purchasing managers who are unable to resolve their obsolescence and/or EOL issues should seek out independent distributors who have documented and certified counterfeit avoidance plans.
A good place to start is the DLA's QTSL-approved list of suppliers. Also, AS6081 certified companies should be sought out (DoD adopted AS6081 back in June). To date, Secure Components is the lone distributor QTSL-approved and AS6081 certified, but others will carry both distinctions in the near future.
For this new IMS system to work, I believe some form of standardization has to be put in place so companies can exchange their information in real-time. Is there such standardization process going on ?
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