Many great electronic products were produced 10 years ago or more. If the function is true and the production quantities don’t justify a redesign to upgrade the board level components, the challenges are numerous.
There have been so many changes over the past 10 years within the electronic component industry that affect legacy product. The conversion from leaded components to RoHS forced many manufacturers to reconsider which products were justified keeping in their portfolio. Those who did support their products with a RoHS conversion often changed the part number. Challenging the documented Bill of Materials and the buyers with both obsolescence and updated part numbers.
The semiconductor and passive manufacturer’s are trying to keep up with design engineers and are offering smaller component package sizes and are focused on the surface mount application. The common sizes of 1206 and 0805 are now 0603, 0402 and smaller! Dip packages are rare and many components are now exclusively offered in surface mount packages. Manufacturer’s are adjusting production offerings to meet the demands. The legacy electronic components in the larger package sizes are becoming less common and more difficult to source.
A long history within the electronic component arena is extremely valuable. Sourcing, procurement and kitting to support legacy product is now an “art-form.” California Integration Coordinators, Inc., has been focused on supplying board level components to OEM’s and Assembly Facilities since 1988. Our Project Coordinators on staff have a combined average of 10 years exclusive to electronic component sourcing.
Tell us the issues your legacy BoM faces and allow us to help you. Call (530) 626-6168 and we will assign an experienced Project Coordinator to you.