By Jeff Schnabel
When it comes to electronic design, time is of the essence for most OEMs and engineers, which means that sourcing electronic components and receiving those components in a timely manner is of critical importance to all stages of the design cycle. As these design cycles continue to shorten for engineers, electronic component lead times are often at the forefront of the selection process. However, as has been seen and known for quite some time, lead times in the electronics industry are mostly trending in the wrong direction due to a variety of factors. This blog will aim to look at those factors in relation to the current landscape of the electronics industry, while highlighting several CUI Devices’ product lines that address lead time challenges.
This lead time guide helps to paint an up-to-date picture of the challenges OEMs are facing in a multitude of product sectors from connectors and electromechanical devices to passive and power components. In more than a few cases, certain electronic components have even seen lead times rise to 52 weeks or more. This obviously has a tremendous impact both up and down the supply chain as all parties scramble to fill in the gaps. Overall, there are several key factors at the heart of these lead time issues:
To address lead time challenges head on, CUI Devices has been working closely with our manufacturing teams and supply chain partners to provide electronic component solutions with industry-best lead times. As a result, CUI Devices offers several key product lines with lead time advantages compared to industry averages.
Applicable to models with a C, CF, BG, or BF suffix, CUI Devices’ select dc fans and blowers feature frame sizes from 35 mm to 172 mm and airflows from 1.17 to 382 CFM. With lead times in the fans market rising to an average of 20 to 40 weeks, CUI Devices’ select fan models offer industry-best manufacturing lead times as low as 8 weeks. View More
Available in piano, rotary, or slide actuator types, CUI Devices’ DIP switches offer 1 to 16 positions as well as a range of mounting and termination options. Several models also carry IP67 ratings for dealing with harsh environments. Lead times for this product line are as low as 7 weeks with much of the switches market averaging anywhere from 20 to 32 weeks. View More
CUI Devices' terminal block connectors feature up to 24 pole counts, multiple color options, and horizontal, vertical, 45°, and 180° orientations in pluggable, screwless, or screw type configurations. These terminal blocks boast manufacturing lead times as low as 8 weeks with industry average lead times in this space trending toward 26 to 40 weeks. View More
Housed in compact packages as small as 6.1 x 3.7 mm, CUI Devices’ line of tactile switches offers actuator heights from 2.5 up to 17 mm and operating forces from 100 up to 260 gf. As mentioned earlier, the switches market is averaging 20-week lead times and beyond, while CUI Devices’ range of tactile switches currently offers lead times as low as 6 weeks. View More
Applicable to analog and digital PDM output models, CUI Devices’ MEMS microphones feature compact, low-profile packages with omnidirectional directivity and sensitivity tolerances as low as ±1 dB. CUI Devices’ select MEMS microphones carry lead times as low as 8 weeks whereas the industry average currently sits at an average of 20 weeks or more. View More
Lengthy lead times and component shortages are certainly having an impact on OEMs and design engineers. While there is hope that manufacturing supply will eventually catch back up to demand, many predict continued struggles well into 2022 and beyond. CUI Devices has worked to lessen those impacts with a range of electromechanical product solutions boasting significant industry lead time advantages.
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