Navigating Materials Constraints

Materials Whitepaper

While 2020 will likely be remembered by all as the year of a far-reaching global pandemic, 2021 will be remembered by supply chain managers as the year of fluctuating constraints. The combination of reopening economies, technology shifts and COVID-19 short-term hot spots is creating challenges across the electronics manufacturing industry.

In this type of environment, a contract manufacturer’s internal resources for rapidly identifying and addressing constraints are critical. This whitepaper looks at Burton Industries’ formula for addressing the current challenges. There are three key areas that the team at Burton Industries focuses on:

  • New product risk mitigation
  • Early visibility into developing constraints and cost changes
  • Customer education.

Read the full whitepaper here.

Burton Industries’ Multi-Faceted Approach to Keeping Deliveries On Time

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Supply chain disruption has become far too a common event in the electronics industry. Unanticipated spikes in high volume industry demand, merger & acquisition activity among component suppliers, COVID-19 shutdowns and logistics challenges have all created material constraints at one time or another. Even when the industry is running on an even keel, long-lifecycle products can see obsolescence-related issues create availability problems.

Burton Industries’ team utilizes a range of stocking programs plus purchasing and engineering expertise to address these challenges. This whitepaper looks at Burton Industries’ multi-faceted approach to addressing these challenges. Read the full paper here.

Cutting Time in Product Development

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Nowhere is the phrase “time is money” more accurate than in product development. A slow product development cycle can increase engineering costs, material costs and marketing costs. When design and manufacturing are outsourced, some original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) see design and manufacturing as distinctly different areas. The reality is that close collaboration among the customer’s design team and contract manufacturer can reduce time and minimize the potential for costly errors.

Design teams focus on product form, fit and function. However, that focus is often on the customer’s requirements for form, fit and function, rather than best manufacturing choices for delivering the desired form, fit and function. The result is often a more costly manufacturing process or a need for an additional design spin to eliminate constraints or quality issues that aren’t identified until the qualification production run. Read our full whitepaper here.

Stocking Arrangements to Mitigate Supply Chain Disruption

Common Stocking Arrangements to Minimize Supply Chain Disruption_Page_1Material constraints continue to add challenges to electronics manufacturing. That said, the team at Burton Industries has implemented stocking arrangements with many of our customers designed to ensure that product will be available even when spikes in end market demand or further changes in material availability impact forecast assumptions. Our latest whitepaper, Common Stocking Arrangements to Mitigate Supply Chain Disruption, looks at the types of stocking programs available and their benefits and potential challenges. Read the full paper here.

Are Legacy PCBAs Costing Your Company Money?

PTH or SMT _ Are Legacy PCBAs costing your team money_Page_1While many consumer-focused electronic products have lifecycles of only six months, products that are highly regulated or utilized in industrial applications with limited need for frequent revision may have long lifecycles. So long, in fact, that they may still incorporate component technology that is several decades old.

Burton Industries’ latest whitepaper looks at ways that Burton’s team can assist with legacy PCBA redesign efforts. Read the full whitepaper here.