Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Having Trouble Finding Obsolete Electronic Components?

Obsolete components are parts that are no longer produced by the original manufacturer. Depending on the demand of such parts, they can be difficult to find. While some manufacturers attempt to find the components themselves, others hire distributors to successfully acquire the parts for them.

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.
There are multiple benefits of using a distributor to find these components, including quality testing. 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 rigorous quality assurance program.  Physical testing, including measurements and markings, as well as practical testing such as x-ray and electronic testing should be some of the processes included.

Finding a distributor can be a rather easy process as most of the research can be done online, however it is important to consider all of the factors before making your final decision. Research the suppliers’ expertise, pricing and testimonials to get an idea of their operations. Spend some time comparing the suppliers’ services and make an educated decision on which are best for you. It is also suggested that you consider the value-added services the suppliers have to offer, such as excess inventory management, in case you need them in the future.

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.

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