Ideas and instruments to rapidly discover alternate options
Digi-Key Electronics’ digital product proprietor, Cody Walseth, introduces buying professionals to the corporate’s instruments and providers designed to assist them supply different components
Fast modifications in digital parts and availability have all the time been a problem for our trade, particularly for procurement professionals. Nevertheless, with shortages and provide chain constraints over the previous two years, buying execs have a harder job than ever. The excellent news is there are methods and easy-to-use instruments obtainable to assist navigate evaluating parts that can finally save time and make sure the proper components are in hand when wanted.
Design with flexibility and perceive tolerances
Within the present atmosphere, engineers are inspired to create designs with parts that may be sourced from a number of suppliers. In fact, they’ll’t try this for each half, however there are sometimes methods to reconfigure a design to accommodate completely different half numbers. Having a bill-of-materials for components with a number of producers supplies some insurance coverage within the occasion inventory just isn’t obtainable. In some instances, engineers are redesigning finish merchandise to make use of components which are in inventory; or beginning the design by looking the Digi-Key web site for in-stock product and designing their product round obtainable stock.
From the buying facet, it’s vital to know if various half tolerances are acceptable. For instance, with capacitors, the tolerance for voltage could also be wider than with a diode. Understanding the parameters are key and can be useful in making buying selections or in circling again to engineers with instructed substitutes.
On-line instruments to check parts rapidly, conveniently
Digi-Secret’s working with prospects and provider companions to supply instruments and technical assist to supply alternate options when a particular element is out of inventory, has an extended lead time or is out of date.
Earlier this 12 months, the corporate launched a sturdy cross-reference software that robotically pulls an inventory of potential alternate options from its database of practically 50 million half quantity cross-references. When a buyer tries to order a component quantity from the web site that’s out of inventory or out of date, Digi-Key robotically presents potential alternate options by way of the cross-reference software so prospects can rapidly and simply consider these components.
If a design’s bill-of-materials is accessible, it may be uploaded into myLists, Digi-Key’s components checklist administration platform, which can point out if any components are out of inventory, out of date or not really useful for brand new designs. myLists instruments are designed to be straightforward to make use of, save time and supply a greater person expertise with simpler collaboration between buying and engineering, as lists could be shared with others within the group with out interrupting workflow.
Together with self-serve on-line instruments, prospects can discover archived assets and work together with a workforce of technicians on Digi-Key’s TechForum. The technical assist workforce is accessible to overview half inquiries and assist prospects discover a substitute or different. These kind of questions and solutions are then archived and simply searchable sooner or later.
Digi-Key’s gross sales and technical assist groups can be found by way of on-line chat, electronic mail and telephone to reply questions on half substitutes and alternate options to switch out-of-stock parts of their designs or to qualify a number of choices of their designs.
Communication is crucial
On this line of enterprise and the present market, there actually isn’t such a factor as overcommunication—merely getting on the telephone, making that particular person connection and protecting all events within the loop.
The Digi-Key workforce excels at staying in shut contact with provider companions to supply as a lot visibility as potential into the merchandise in highest demand. In some instances, Digi-Secret’s already inserting orders out to mid-to-late 2023 to make sure stock is pipelined accordingly.
Along with that shut human connection, investments are additionally being made in applied sciences that assist join us extra robotically and electronically with suppliers, akin to Advance Delivery Notifications (ASNs) which offer real-time, automated updates to Digi-Key’s system about when product can be transport. This supplies probably the most up-to-date data from provider companions to prospects.
Digi-Key understands prospects are busy, making pace and ease the important thing to discovering substitute components. The corporate is evolving and enhancing instruments and options to supply prospects correct details about element comparisons as quick as potential to allow them to hold their tasks shifting and generate income as quickly as potential.