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Sometimes your ideas just can't wait on parts

Having excellent supplier relationships is key to keeping engineering projects on time and within budget. A good supplier can help you reduce your engineering and design costs, improve quality and help perfect processes and bring products to market faster. And sometimes your ideas just can't wait on parts. That's why Arrow now offers free overnight shipping on all orders over $20.

 

Time matters: Combating demanding engineering design schedules
Engineers and designers always seem to be battling the clock in their efforts to be innovative and win the race to market with cost-effective solutions. Sometimes, though, things just don’t work out the way they should.  Engineers and designers fully expect changes to be made to their designs, often involving sourced components. Read more…

Accelerating the speed of innovation
Being first to market with a new product or feature is a critical differentiator in many industries. Being first often means capturing greater market share or establishing leadership and dominance in a new market. It also leads to faster return on investment and greater overall profitability. Read more…

Stop stressing over lead time ordering
Picture yourself in the final stretch of testing a prototype for the controller board of your company’s fuel pump, which will be incorporated into the newest model of a popular car. As usual, budgets are tight and the deadline is tomorrow. While running the final stress test, you discover that the main SoC is not the right one for the performance your unit needs. You need a new, faster unit. Read more...


 

Time matters: Combating demanding engineering design schedules

 

Engineers and designers always seem to be battling the clock in their efforts to be innovative and win the race to market with cost-effective solutions. Sometimes, though, things just don’t work out the way they should. Engineers and designers fully expect changes to be made to their designs, often involving sourced components.

It’s through rigorous engineering testing and prototypes that excellent products are brought to market. If, however, it’s not done efficiently, you can be wasting your time or your team’s time while waiting on a component to be delivered to fix any issues that arise.

An Engineering Change Order is a common way to document changes that need to be made in the design. An ECO can be driven by a number of factors, including:

  • An error in a design doesn’t show up until testing or a customer provides feedback.
  • The customer may change a requirement, which means a redesign may be in order.
  • There could be changes in materials or how it was to be manufactured.

Ongoing challenges
An example of this is the development of a circuit board. After testing, it may be discovered that the throughput isn’t fast enough. This could be caused by a requirement for higher speed input/output. Or  perhaps the board needs to be clocked faster.

A board redesign ensues to fix the issues, but new parts may be necessary. As an engineer or designer, you know that there can’t be any product delays. What you may not know is

  1. whether the parts are available,
  2. how much expense will be added to the project, or
  3. if your supplier will accommodate such a small order.

On the other hand, you may already have a product in place but you are designing the second phase, which will bring functional or operational improvements. Having the ability to order just a few components very quickly for the testing cycle or prototype phase would certainly be a cost savings and have the potential to speed up delivery. And it will help keep you on schedule.

A third challenge encountered by engineers and designers is the concept of small-batch production. Wouldn’t it be nice to produce just a few prototypes cost-effectively so that you could make design changes and avoid costly surprises before your product is in full production? Many component distributors have minimum dollar amounts required before they will accept an order. Most also have a week or several months lead-time requirement. With this type of distributor, you could be facing a week delay, even with an in-stock component. This doesn’t help you bring your product to market when you have to follow all kinds of prerequisites. It’s not the kind of partner you need to help you meet your project schedules and deliver quality products.

Stop compromising
Having excellent supplier relationships is key to keeping engineering projects on time and within budget. A good supplier can help you reduce your engineering and design costs, improve quality and help perfect processes and bring products to market faster. This is where Arrow can help. There is no more compromising with Arrow’s free overnight shipping for all in-stock products. You get the components you need with free next-day delivery.

A recent Arrow customer placed an order and continued to check on the delivery status because the part was critical to their schedule. Within 17 hours, the order was shipped and the customer received the order just 22 hours after placement ─ and the shipping was free. “You’ve won a customer for life with your prices and customer service,” he said. “Especially being able to talk it through with an engineer.”

That’s the kind of service and support that distributors should provide the engineers and designers who are creating tomorrow’s solutions. Arrow keeps over 3.8 billion components in stock, ready to ship and be distributed from our warehouses across the globe to ensure that you can get the fast delivery you need, no matter where you are. While it’s impossible to have absolutely every electronic component in stock, chances are that you will find the parts you need in Arrow’s inventory.

Time does matter
Are you facing a time crunch to stay on schedule? With Arrow’s free overnight shipping, you won’t have the stress of lead-time ordering and it will accelerate your path to production. You won’t need to order parts well in advance, especially commodity components that are in high demand. And size doesn’t matter. As long as the components are in stock and you order a minimum of $20, Arrow will always ship out the order overnight, free of charge, to all North American-based locations.

Get started now with Arrow’s free overnight shipping, and you will be on your way to a great partnership with a company that knows about the demands of today’s dynamic and competitive marketplace.

To learn more, or to begin shopping, head to Arrow.com


 

Accelerating the speed of innovation

 

Being first to market with a new product or feature is a critical differentiator in many industries. Being first often means capturing greater market share or establishing leadership and dominance in a new market. It also leads to faster return on investment and greater overall profitability.

From a design standpoint, the difference between being the innovation leader and having a late-to-market “me-too” product might be just a matter of a few weeks. The more a development team can reduce its design cycle, the greater its chance of taking the lead in the market.

Innovation, however, takes time. Development teams need to be able to explore new ideas and test different options. This is often an iterative process – the team implements a design, tests it, improves it and then begins the cycle again. The faster a team can iterate, the faster it can complete a design that is ready for market.         

Time-to-market, then, is impacted significantly by how quickly a development team can iterate designs. A team that can iterate a design cycle in a few hours can innovative several times faster than a team that takes a week per cycle. The ability to iterate faster gives OEMs greater flexibility. They can use faster iteration to deliver a product to market more quickly. Alternatively, they can add a few design cycles to focus on refinement—for example, reducing power consumption or product size. Another option is to optimize a design for price by taking time to evaluate different components that can reduce your overall bill of materials (BOM) cost.  

Accelerating the speed of innovation for your own development team begins by identifying unnecessary delays in your design process. For example, working with a new technology often comes with a learning curve. Anything you can do to reduce the time it takes to become familiar with a new technology or component will speed your time-to-market. Arrow is unique from other suppliers because they have expert engineers in-house who can help you get up to speed with a new technology. They can also work with you to help you source the right components and tools to maximize your productivity.      

Arrow engineers can provide insight and advice at all stages of design, including helping you optimize your design in terms of performance, power and cost. They can suggest components that allow you to evaluate different tradeoffs for your application. They can provide guidance so that working with a new part won’t slow you down.

Slow shipping is another major source of delay for design cycles. The longer it takes to source and then ship a component, the more your iterative process will be delayed. Consider the difference in efficiency and speed of innovation between a team that gets new parts tomorrow and a team that has to wait until the beginning of next week.  

Given the high cost in terms of time-to-market, shipping delays simply don’t make sense. However, if you order a component with fast shipping, the accounting department usually wants to know why you didn’t order your part three days ago so you could use regular shipping methods instead. What they don’t understand is that you didn’t know you needed that part until 3:00 this afternoon. And so, for the cost of a few dollars, your time-to-market takes a three-day hit. Iterate with that kind of delay a few times and you’ve lost weeks to your competitors.    

Arrow understands the benefit of getting the parts you need when you need them. That’s why every order over $20 of in-stock components gets free overnight shipping to all North American locations. Arrow also keeps over 3.8 billion components in stock, ready to ship, so that nothing slows down your design process. And you can order comparable parts from different vendors all in the same order so you can quickly and easily evaluate which component will serve you the best.    

Your development team needs every advantage it can get to speed design cycles. With Arrow, you won’t lose time waiting on critical parts to arrive. And you can always depend upon Arrow’s commitment to provide you with the technology support you need to help you drive innovation forward, day after day, week after week and year after year.

To learn more, or to begin shopping, head to Arrow.com


 

Stop stressing over lead time ordering

 

Picture yourself in the final stretch of testing a prototype for the controller board of your company’s fuel pump, which will be incorporated into the newest model of a popular car. As usual, budgets are tight and the deadline is tomorrow. While running the final stress test, you discover that the main SoC is not the right one for the performance your unit needs. You need a new, faster unit.

Next, imagine that you are building a replacement PCB for your 3D printer. The last time you checked the lab’s inventory, there were more than two dozen 10-farad capacitors on the shelf. Relying on that, you are certain that when you go this afternoon, you’ll find what you need to finish your design. Instead, you find 20-farad capacitors. Someone needed the others and exchanged them without updating the inventory. Now your 3D printer is useless until you can get a hold of new capacitors—or a brand new controller board.

Now, envision that you are about to conduct a test on a new motor unit, but your handheld LCR meter is nowhere to be found in the lab. Someone tells you that one of the field technicians took it to a client for a week-long installation. There is a larger benchtop meter in the lab, but it’s not convenient for the type of testing you want to do on a vehicle. The handheld LCR meter is not an expensive piece of equipment, but it’s difficult to source in a rush.

When it comes to having quick access to a vital component, engineers face many barriers: unavailable procurement managers, last-minute changes in specification, damaged components, minimum-quantity requirements, ordering lead times, and more. In any of these situations, you might first head to the procurement office, file a rush-order request and wait, only to be told that the product or component will take two weeks to arrive, and the purchasing manager is not authorizing any overnight shipping orders to reduce costs.

When you argue that it is a small order, just a few components you need urgently to continue or finish your work, they tell you that it doesn’t meet the minimum order quantity for the distributor, and you’ll have to wait to combine it with a larger order.

Engineers like you don’t have the time to deal with complicated procurement procedures. Your time, and the time that is lost when a critical project is delayed, a needed tool is broken, or the right part is missing, are very expensive for the organization. You could even argue that lost time is the most expensive time.

Wouldn’t it be ideal to get that new SoC for the prototype delivered overnight, just in time for a final test? Wouldn’t you benefit from getting the right capacitors overnight for that broken 3D printer, or a new handheld LCR meter—the newest model— so you could let the field technician keep the old one?

This is how Arrow helps you with its free overnight shipping service. Without paying a dime, North American-based partners get free overnight shipping of any product or component in inventory, as long as the order placed is $20 or more. It doesn’t matter if you order 1 or 100 units of a product; it will arrive at your desk the next day.

Arrow, with its unmatched inventory of 3.8 billion components, in stock and ready to ship from its warehouses across the globe, makes it the right partner for all your electronic sourcing needs.

So stop worrying about lead times, delivery schedules, MOQs and shipping costs. Every single item in Arrow’s huge inventory of components is eligible for free overnight shipping immediately.

To learn more, or to begin shopping, head to Arrow.com


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