Obsolete electronic parts are components that are no longer produced by the original manufacturer. Electronic components become obsolete for several reasons, the most prominent reason being the fast pace at which technology today changes. For manufacturers that continue to need such parts for their production, allocating and purchasing them can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. Hiring a reliable electronic supplier is an efficient way of avoiding the difficulty of both locating and testing necessary components.
The rapid advances in technology further speed up the rate at which electronic components become obsolete. As the consumer and industrial markets demand faster, more efficient products, component manufacturers are strained to make appropriate components. The development of new, better components halts the production of other parts that are then deemed obsolete.
Other reasons for electronic parts becoming obsolete include environmental and government bans, as well as planned obsolescence. Government bans in any part of the world can make it more difficult and costly for manufacturers to obtain such obsolete electronic parts. Typically, when a ban is enforced, it not only halts the production of the component, but also its shipment to other countries. Therefore, any country participating in the ban can refuse to have the component enter or leave the country, normally making it more expensive for manufacturers to obtain the part. This can halt production for the manufacturer, affecting its efficiency and profit.
Planned obsolescence is a marketing technique that creates the opportunity for repeat purchases. For instance, many components in a computer are built to last 5 to 7 years. After a certain amount of product is sold, manufacturers stop producing such parts, making buying replacement components virtually impossible for the general public. However, many manufacturers continue to need these electronic parts for other products.
Electronic component distributors can help manufacturers in allocate and purchase obsolete electronic parts in an efficient manner. Furthermore, they can help test the components to ensure their authenticity before the manufacturer utilizes them in their production. Because the sale of counterfeit products is a major issue across the supply chain, it is important to find a distributor that has a rigorous quality assurance program.
Harry Krantz Company has over 70 years of experience in obtaining obsolete components. They comply with all government regulations and their counterfeit assurance program is strict and thorough to ensure their clients’ satisfaction.