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parts researcher

Started by John Larkin September 10, 2021
We could use an occasional parts researcher. Anyone need a part-time
job? Maybe 5 or 10 hours a month.



On Friday, September 10, 2021 at 12:50:57 PM UTC-7, John Larkin wrote:
> We could use an occasional parts researcher. Anyone need a part-time > job? Maybe 5 or 10 hours a month.
What types of parts do you need to research? For silicon parts, your new staff member should be able to help.
On Fri, 10 Sep 2021 13:19:27 -0700 (PDT), sea moss
<danluster81@gmail.com> wrote:

>On Friday, September 10, 2021 at 12:50:57 PM UTC-7, John Larkin wrote: >> We could use an occasional parts researcher. Anyone need a part-time >> job? Maybe 5 or 10 hours a month. > >What types of parts do you need to research? For silicon parts, your new staff member should be able to help.
A lot of connectors, hardware, passives, cables, relays, and of course silicon. Part of the work is to look into price, availability, and second-sourcing, maybe to read some data sheets and discuss needs with the engineers. I don't want any staff members to spend a lot of time looking for parts! I don't mind looking for silicon so much. All that other stuff is distracting. For example, I want to find a pre-assembled 10-pin cable to connect this LCD thing to a controller board a few inches away. https://www.dropbox.com/s/fd9y8d7rjxxbztr/VM800_3.jpg?raw=1
l&oslash;rdag den 11. september 2021 kl. 01.43.35 UTC+2 skrev John Larkin:
> On Fri, 10 Sep 2021 13:19:27 -0700 (PDT), sea moss > <danlu...@gmail.com> wrote: > > >On Friday, September 10, 2021 at 12:50:57 PM UTC-7, John Larkin wrote: > >> We could use an occasional parts researcher. Anyone need a part-time > >> job? Maybe 5 or 10 hours a month. > > > >What types of parts do you need to research? For silicon parts, your new staff member should be able to help. > A lot of connectors, hardware, passives, cables, relays, and of course > silicon. Part of the work is to look into price, availability, and > second-sourcing, maybe to read some data sheets and discuss needs with > the engineers. > > I don't want any staff members to spend a lot of time looking for > parts! > > I don't mind looking for silicon so much. All that other stuff is > distracting. > > For example, I want to find a pre-assembled 10-pin cable to connect > this LCD thing to a controller board a few inches away. > > https://www.dropbox.com/s/fd9y8d7rjxxbztr/VM800_3.jpg?raw=1
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/221464801522 or http://dev.dirtypcbs.com/store/cables
On 9/10/2021 4:43 PM, John Larkin wrote:
> On Fri, 10 Sep 2021 13:19:27 -0700 (PDT), sea moss > <danluster81@gmail.com> wrote: > >> On Friday, September 10, 2021 at 12:50:57 PM UTC-7, John Larkin wrote: >>> We could use an occasional parts researcher. Anyone need a part-time >>> job? Maybe 5 or 10 hours a month. >> >> What types of parts do you need to research? For silicon parts, your new staff member should be able to help. > > A lot of connectors, hardware, passives, cables, relays, and of course > silicon. Part of the work is to look into price, availability, and > second-sourcing, maybe to read some data sheets and discuss needs with > the engineers. > > I don't want any staff members to spend a lot of time looking for > parts!
"5-10 hours a month" is "a lot of time"? Don't your folks spend that much -- and more -- just trying to stay current with the offerings available in those industries? Or, do they let that knowledge atrophy cuz it's "too expensive" to keep current?
> I don't mind looking for silicon so much. All that other stuff is > distracting.
Let your distis do the gruntwork -- if you have decent quantities. They'll be more than happy to find a part that THEY sell to meet your needs! And, drop off samples to get you started.
> For example, I want to find a pre-assembled 10-pin cable to connect > this LCD thing to a controller board a few inches away. > > https://www.dropbox.com/s/fd9y8d7rjxxbztr/VM800_3.jpg?raw=1 > >
On Fri, 10 Sep 2021 18:15:54 -0700, Don Y
<blockedofcourse@foo.invalid> wrote:

>On 9/10/2021 4:43 PM, John Larkin wrote: >> On Fri, 10 Sep 2021 13:19:27 -0700 (PDT), sea moss >> <danluster81@gmail.com> wrote: >> >>> On Friday, September 10, 2021 at 12:50:57 PM UTC-7, John Larkin wrote: >>>> We could use an occasional parts researcher. Anyone need a part-time >>>> job? Maybe 5 or 10 hours a month. >>> >>> What types of parts do you need to research? For silicon parts, your new staff member should be able to help. >> >> A lot of connectors, hardware, passives, cables, relays, and of course >> silicon. Part of the work is to look into price, availability, and >> second-sourcing, maybe to read some data sheets and discuss needs with >> the engineers. >> >> I don't want any staff members to spend a lot of time looking for >> parts! > >"5-10 hours a month" is "a lot of time"? > >Don't your folks spend that much -- and more -- just trying to stay current >with the offerings available in those industries? Or, do they let that >knowledge atrophy cuz it's "too expensive" to keep current? > >> I don't mind looking for silicon so much. All that other stuff is >> distracting. > >Let your distis do the gruntwork -- if you have decent quantities. >They'll be more than happy to find a part that THEY sell to meet >your needs! And, drop off samples to get you started.
And tell me which other distributors have the 2nd source parts in stock. -- Father Brown's figure remained quite dark and still; but in that instant he had lost his head. His head was always most valuable when he had lost it.
On 9/10/2021 6:57 PM, jlarkin@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:
> On Fri, 10 Sep 2021 18:15:54 -0700, Don Y > <blockedofcourse@foo.invalid> wrote: > >> On 9/10/2021 4:43 PM, John Larkin wrote: >>> On Fri, 10 Sep 2021 13:19:27 -0700 (PDT), sea moss >>> <danluster81@gmail.com> wrote: >>> >>>> On Friday, September 10, 2021 at 12:50:57 PM UTC-7, John Larkin wrote: >>>>> We could use an occasional parts researcher. Anyone need a part-time >>>>> job? Maybe 5 or 10 hours a month. >>>> >>>> What types of parts do you need to research? For silicon parts, your new staff member should be able to help. >>> >>> A lot of connectors, hardware, passives, cables, relays, and of course >>> silicon. Part of the work is to look into price, availability, and >>> second-sourcing, maybe to read some data sheets and discuss needs with >>> the engineers. >>> >>> I don't want any staff members to spend a lot of time looking for >>> parts! >> >> "5-10 hours a month" is "a lot of time"? >> >> Don't your folks spend that much -- and more -- just trying to stay current >> with the offerings available in those industries? Or, do they let that >> knowledge atrophy cuz it's "too expensive" to keep current? >> >>> I don't mind looking for silicon so much. All that other stuff is >>> distracting. >> >> Let your distis do the gruntwork -- if you have decent quantities. >> They'll be more than happy to find a part that THEY sell to meet >> your needs! And, drop off samples to get you started. > > And tell me which other distributors have the 2nd source parts in > stock.
Tell the disti that is one of your selection criteria. When Moto released the 68K, they knew that folks (at the time) were insistent on second sources. Hence, naming *8* for that product.
On Fri, 10 Sep 2021 20:35:53 -0700, Don Y
<blockedofcourse@foo.invalid> wrote:

>On 9/10/2021 6:57 PM, jlarkin@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote: >> On Fri, 10 Sep 2021 18:15:54 -0700, Don Y >> <blockedofcourse@foo.invalid> wrote: >> >>> On 9/10/2021 4:43 PM, John Larkin wrote: >>>> On Fri, 10 Sep 2021 13:19:27 -0700 (PDT), sea moss >>>> <danluster81@gmail.com> wrote: >>>> >>>>> On Friday, September 10, 2021 at 12:50:57 PM UTC-7, John Larkin wrote: >>>>>> We could use an occasional parts researcher. Anyone need a part-time >>>>>> job? Maybe 5 or 10 hours a month. >>>>> >>>>> What types of parts do you need to research? For silicon parts, your new staff member should be able to help. >>>> >>>> A lot of connectors, hardware, passives, cables, relays, and of course >>>> silicon. Part of the work is to look into price, availability, and >>>> second-sourcing, maybe to read some data sheets and discuss needs with >>>> the engineers. >>>> >>>> I don't want any staff members to spend a lot of time looking for >>>> parts! >>> >>> "5-10 hours a month" is "a lot of time"? >>> >>> Don't your folks spend that much -- and more -- just trying to stay current >>> with the offerings available in those industries? Or, do they let that >>> knowledge atrophy cuz it's "too expensive" to keep current? >>> >>>> I don't mind looking for silicon so much. All that other stuff is >>>> distracting. >>> >>> Let your distis do the gruntwork -- if you have decent quantities. >>> They'll be more than happy to find a part that THEY sell to meet >>> your needs! And, drop off samples to get you started. >> >> And tell me which other distributors have the 2nd source parts in >> stock. > >Tell the disti that is one of your selection criteria. >
You seem to be suggesting that we write up a specification (for what may be a fuzzy requirement, namely a problem to be solved) and send that to multiple distributors and evaluate their responses. That sounds like a lot of work, but I could hire some part-timer to do it. -- Father Brown's figure remained quite dark and still; but in that instant he had lost his head. His head was always most valuable when he had lost it.
On Fri, 10 Sep 2021 18:57:59 -0700, jlarkin@highlandsniptechnology.com
wrote:

>On Fri, 10 Sep 2021 18:15:54 -0700, Don Y ><blockedofcourse@foo.invalid> wrote: > >>On 9/10/2021 4:43 PM, John Larkin wrote: >>> On Fri, 10 Sep 2021 13:19:27 -0700 (PDT), sea moss >>> <danluster81@gmail.com> wrote: >>> >>>> On Friday, September 10, 2021 at 12:50:57 PM UTC-7, John Larkin wrote: >>>>> We could use an occasional parts researcher. Anyone need a part-time >>>>> job? Maybe 5 or 10 hours a month. >>>> >>>> What types of parts do you need to research? For silicon parts, your new staff member should be able to help. >>> >>> A lot of connectors, hardware, passives, cables, relays, and of course >>> silicon. Part of the work is to look into price, availability, and >>> second-sourcing, maybe to read some data sheets and discuss needs with >>> the engineers. >>> >>> I don't want any staff members to spend a lot of time looking for >>> parts! >> >>"5-10 hours a month" is "a lot of time"? >> >>Don't your folks spend that much -- and more -- just trying to stay current >>with the offerings available in those industries? Or, do they let that >>knowledge atrophy cuz it's "too expensive" to keep current? >> >>> I don't mind looking for silicon so much. All that other stuff is >>> distracting. >> >>Let your distis do the gruntwork -- if you have decent quantities. >>They'll be more than happy to find a part that THEY sell to meet >>your needs! And, drop off samples to get you started. > >And tell me which other distributors have the 2nd source parts in >stock.
Back when I was designing at the discrete-components level, working for a pipsqueak company, I insisted on triple sources for everything I could not buy a lifetime supply of. Electronically, we were not doing anything leading edge. So, we never had any obsolescence dramas. Joe Gwinn
On Fri, 10 Sep 2021 16:43:24 -0700, John Larkin
<jlarkin@highland_atwork_technology.com> wrote:

>On Fri, 10 Sep 2021 13:19:27 -0700 (PDT), sea moss ><danluster81@gmail.com> wrote: > >>On Friday, September 10, 2021 at 12:50:57 PM UTC-7, John Larkin wrote: >>> We could use an occasional parts researcher. Anyone need a part-time >>> job? Maybe 5 or 10 hours a month. >> >>What types of parts do you need to research? For silicon parts, your new staff member should be able to help. > >A lot of connectors, hardware, passives, cables, relays, and of course >silicon. Part of the work is to look into price, availability, and >second-sourcing, maybe to read some data sheets and discuss needs with >the engineers. > >I don't want any staff members to spend a lot of time looking for >parts! > >I don't mind looking for silicon so much. All that other stuff is >distracting. > >For example, I want to find a pre-assembled 10-pin cable to connect >this LCD thing to a controller board a few inches away. > >https://www.dropbox.com/s/fd9y8d7rjxxbztr/VM800_3.jpg?raw=1 >
Part of engineering discipline is not to put your design into a difficult supply position. The only way to learn this, is to force the engineer to spec the actual part numbers or drawing, for quotation - ie rub his nose in it. You don't want your staff looking for parts because . . . . RL