Visit Sourceability at Electronica

Visit Sourceability at Electronica!
November 13-16 in Munich, Germany
Hall C5 Booth 247

Sourceability is an alternative to traditional electronics distribution. We develop technology that allows our customers to operate in and navigate the electronic component market, providing them with the best opportunity to find success. Our technology solutions complement our distribution expertise:

Sourcengine: A multi-dimensional e-commerce platform specifically built for the electronic components industry. Featuring powerful e-procurement tools, ERP integration, and a sophisticated and intuitive search. Learn More

Surcle: An online, crowd-engineering platform where engineers and innovators develop and propose solutions and provide essential resources for corporations and startups to bring ideas to market. Learn More

The Burn-In: An interactive content community for tech enthusiasts around the world. Learn More

 

Contact your Sourceability Regional Sales Manager if you plan to attend. We have a limited number of complimentary passes available.

Sourceability: Our Growth

Sourceability: Our Growth

Established July 2015, our electronic component distribution company has rapidly extended its reach far beyond the borders of Florida.

As of January 2018, we’ve established 15 strategic locations around the globe – a rate of nearly one new location per calendar month. “One of our goals was to have a presence in strategic, regional locations globally in relationship to our suppliers and sources of supply for goods,” said Jens Gamperl, chief executive officer. “In our industry, there is quite a bit of disparity in availability and pricing across different regions. Having these locations provides a much needed strategic advantage for us and our customers.”

Our original distribution center and corporate headquarters in Miami has been joined by new centers in Hong Kong and Singapore. The backbone of Sourceability is quality and logistics, and we’ve strengthened our core with heavy investments in making our distribution truly global. To maintain up-to-the-minute understanding of our customers’ supply-chain needs, each of our distribution centers is supported by regional offices in the following locations:

  • Miami, Florida – USA Corporate Headquarters
  • New York, New York – USA
  • Austin, Texas – USA
  • Irvine, California – USA Innovation Hub
  • Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Taipei, Taiwan Newest location
  • Shenzhen, China
  • Shanghai, China
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Bangalore, India
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Munich, Germany
  • Verona, Italy

Sourceability was born from of the idea that even the complex electronic-component distribution industry could be refined and improved upon. Establishing quality centers and teams around the world is just one of the ways in which we’ve delivered on our promise to provide our customers the best and most reliable service in the industry.

Miniaturization vs. Passive Function Integration

Miniaturization vs. Passive Function Integration

The ever-growing trend towards miniaturization and industry applications are driving top capacitor and other passive components manufacturers to create ever-smaller parts even as costs climb higher and higher. The question now becomes, at what point will buyers find those costs just too high and start looking for alternatives?

Miniaturization doesn’t just incur costs when the component itself is manufactured; in fact, the costs ripple down the entire supply chain. Custom packaging must be designed if the parts aren’t to be shipped in bulk, and tape & reel becomes unfeasible for some of the smallest sizes. Existing assembly machinery isn’t built to handle the new sizes, and new equipment capable of maintaining precision and quality at the new scale is expensive. Few EMSs (Electronic Manufacturing Services) have thus far bet on making that investment in equipment. Those that have felt little competitive pressure to lower their prices. Even at the design level, very specific rules are required to fully take advantage of the new components while avoiding problems such as parasitic capacitance and excessive heat.

But what can you, an engineer designing the latest in cutting-edge devices, do? Market pressure means you can’t simply just use bigger components when your competitors promise the moon and stars wrapped in a box small enough to fit twenty in your pocket. You simply have to pay the price if you want to compete… right?
Experts agree: the answer is a very definitive maybe.

Sorry, you were hoping something clearer, weren’t you?

See, using extremely tiny single components isn’t the only way to make your device smaller. You also have the option of integrating your passive components directly into your PCB or integrating them into a module with an IC. The passive components of your design are no longer limited by current assembly-machine restrictions and can be incredibly small. The number of parts you need to order individually is drastically reduced, and you eliminate multiple failure points. If you choose to use flexible materials, you can even form your PCB to fit exactly into its final destination, such as a curved dashboard in a car. Sounds like a win-win-win.

Of course, passive function integration costs quite a bit more than traditional PCB assembly or else it would already have been widely adopted some time ago. Like working with very small single components, not many manufacturers are currently equipped to make boards with passive function integration, and those that are are not all created equal. If the board is to made of silicon, for example, the manufacturer needs to be capable of semi-conductor tech. If they do have the equipment required, high set-up costs make manufacturing feasible only in very large volumes. Boards become more difficult to test and repair with capacitors and resistors buried in the multilayer.

That’s why industry experts right now are engaged a combination guessing-and-waiting game. Will customers continue to demand smaller and smaller circuitry despite the costs? Will prices rise high enough to make passive function integration economically competitive? If so, how quickly? How close are we to “black box” modules becoming common? Has the physical limit to how small passive components like capacitors can be reached, or will they shrink even further? Which manufacturers are best poised to take advantage of and profit from the new tech? We’ll know soon, but right now it’s anybody’s guess.

#LIFTYOUREXPECTATIONS

One Size Doesn’t Fit All – MLCC Market Trends

One Size Doesn’t Fit All – MLCC Market Trends

Capacitors have never been “one size fits all,” and as technology has advanced the market has further diversified and specialized. MLCCs (multi-layer ceramic capacitors), already a specialized product, are no exception. This year we’ve seen the somewhat unusual phenomenon of a number of major companies in one country, Japan, aggressively focusing on a few very limited segments at the same time. How does that affect you? It depends on your project.

A quick overview of current MLCC production: MLCC manufacturers can be loosely grouped into those in Japan; those in Taiwan, South Korea, and China; and those located elsewhere. Japan is the seat of MLCC technology and all major capacitor advancements in recent decades have come from manufacturers located in the Land of the Rising Sun.

The latest strides made by Japanese manufacturers have been in extreme miniaturization and increased capacitance levels while maintaining and even improving component reliability. Creating state of the art components on the cutting edge of technology, however, comes with a literal cost. Customers looking to take advantage of the latest and greatest will be paying for the privilege.

The Japanese manufacturers are – quite rightly – assuming that there’s a high demand for their small, high-capacitance MLCCs. The automotive industry is hungry for ever-more powerful and precise components and shrinking footprints, while the increasing proliferation of tech wearables, smart homes, and “internet of things” devices creates new customers and markets every day. In response, Japanese manufacturers are focusing their MLCC production almost entirely on very small sizes for maximum production capacity and market yield. Yes, even if that means turning away orders for other commodities.

So what do you do if you want a larger, cheaper, or lower-capacitance MLCC? Look west. Taiwan and South Korea are picking up the production slack. Taiwanese manufacturers in particular are ramping up their production capabilities for low- and medium-capacitance MLCCs destined for commodities that don’t require minimalization. But if you’re hoping for rock-bottom prices, you won’t find them. Demand is currently outstripping production and prices are rising accordingly for even the most basic MLCCs. Expect to pay 15-30% more than you did last year for the same part.

Which brings us back to how this affects you. Thanks to segmentation, it’s more important than ever to consider who and where you’ll be sourcing your parts from when specing your next project. Which factor is most important to you – size, capacitance, reliability, availability – will determine the geographic source and cost for most items on your BOM. Incompatible priorities will result in either multiple source countries or much higher prices to single source. This is one market trend that’s going to ripple up and down the supply chain for years to come.

Annual National Geographic Earth Day Run.

As part of our commitment to protecting the environment, Sourceability supports a broad spectrum of international initiatives. In April, our team in Asia excitedly joined 2,200 participants in the 2nd Annual National Geographic Earth Day Run.

This zero-waste initiative was Singapore’s first mass-run powered solely by renewable energy. An eco-carnival preceded the race, where participants took part in activities such as cycling to power kinetic energy, contributing to the 320,000 watts of renewable energy the event operated on.

“This was an amazing effort on the part of National Geographic”, said Christian Giereth, Global CFO of Sourceability, who completed the 10km run. “When I first heard about the run, I encouraged everyone on our team to sign up with me. Our focus was not on running competitively but instead to show our solidarity with organizations who were fighting to not only raise awareness, but take action for the same cause.”

Since our establishment, Sourceability has practiced sustainability by using energy efficient inspection tools, going paperless wherever possible, implementing company-wide recycling initiatives, and minimizing environmental effects. We are thrilled to be part of this historic moment in Singapore’s history and will continue to protect the environment in our daily activities.

#LIFTYOUREXPECTATIONS

Sourceability Receives 2017 Preferred Supplier Award from Flex

The Preferred Supplier Award was announced at this year’s Global Supplier Summit, hosted at the Flex Customer Innovation Center, located in Silicon Valley.

The Award recognizes outstanding performance, strategic value-add, excellent service, innovation and collaboration. Suppliers selected for the awards were nominated by Flex procurement and supply chain professionals and employees in the various Flex business groups.

“It is an honor to receive the Preferred Supplier Award from Flex. It is a testament to the hard work of all our Sourceability employees. Flex and Sourceability share a commitment to Innovation, and we look forward to contributing to their success.” says Brian Schmiedel, Director of Global EMS Business.

“Flex recognizes and applauds the contributions of our preferred suppliers for their unwavering dedication and commitment to providing operational excellence,” said Tom Linton, Chief Procurement and Supply Chain Officer at Flex. “We are pleased to honor these great companies with our 2017 Preferred Supplier Award.”

 

Click the link below to learn more about the award from the press release published by Flex.

https://investors.flex.com/company-news/press-release-details/2017/Flex-Announces-2017-Preferred-Supplier-Award-Recipients/default.aspx

 

 

Our Inspection Facility – The Machines – Part 1 of 6 – Memmert UF 260 Universal Oven

Memmet UF260

We use the Memmert oven to dry moisture that is absorbed by parts as this can compromise quality.

Vincent Low,

Quality Manager, Sourceability Singapore

Universal Oven UF260

Standard delivery Universal Oven

The universally applicable lab oven U is Memmert’s classic appliance for temperature control in science, research and material tests in industry. The technologically perfected masterpiece made of high-quality, hygienic, easy-to-clean stainless steel leaves nothing to be desired in terms of ventilation and control technology, overtemperature protection and precisely tuned heating technology.

Properties

Temperature

Set temperature range in °C min.10 above ambient up to +300
Temperature 1 Pt100 sensor DIN class A in 4-wire-circuit

Control technology

Language setting German, English, Spanish, French, Polish, Czech, Hungarian
ControlCOCKPIT adaptive multifunctional digital PID-microprocessor controller with high-definition TFT-colour display
Timer Digital backwards counter with target time setting, adjustable from 1 minute to 99 days
Function SetpointWAIT the process time does not start until the set temperature is reached
Calibration three freely selectable temperature values
adjustable parameters temperature (Celsius or Fahrenheit), fan speed, air flap position, programme time, time zones, summertime/wintertime

Ventilation

Fan forced air circulation by quiet air turbine, adjustable in 10 % steps
Fresh air admixture adjustment of pre-heated fresh air admixture by air flap control in 10 % steps
Vent vent connection with restrictor flap