Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How to find obsolete electronic components

As technology advances, electronic components become obsolete and it can be difficult to replace them unless you know where to search. An online search for obsolete electronic components or “end of life electronic components” produces numerous results that enable you to find the old electronic components you need. However, you must first qualify the seller of the components to ensure that the parts are authentic.

Electronic parts that are obsolete are often duplicated, making them counterfeit. The sale and use of counterfeit components produces a serious danger to the consumer of the finished products as well as the reputation of the manufacturer. Therefore, it is important to find a distributor that has a strict quality assurance program and test each component prior to selling it.

Once you narrow down your choices, go through the distributor’s database and parts availability, check the terms and conditions and you may also find testimonials from clients who have purchased the components. That gives you a good idea of the components you’ll receive and their quality.

Affordability is a concern as well. It is most beneficial to find a distributor that offers the best components at the lowest price. You can also contact the supplier by phone to check their stock of components and any services that they may offer.

Here are some of the obsolete electronic components that can be found via an online search:

Capacitors –
variable capacitors, fixed capacitors and film capacitors are available from reliable suppliers.

Electronic connectors –
military connectors, circular connectors, A/V connectors and RF connectors can be found online.

Obsolete fuses – industrial, high voltage, automotive and poly switch fuses are available for purchase.

Integrated circuits – memory chips, microprocessors, analog and digital integrated circuits, DRAM, EPROM, SRAM and laser diode circuits are frequently requested.

Military components and parts –
to address U.S. Department of Defense needs obsolete mil-spec components integrated circuits and semiconductors are available.

Computer parts – keyboards, laptop accessories, mice and other components are available.

A distributor with a wide variety of obsolete electronic components is able to provide you with the necessary components in a timely manner. As technology advances and components become obsolete at an increasing rate, you may want to consider hiring a distributor to provide you with those components on a regular basis.

If you haven’t found the right distributor for your company yet, 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.