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03 February 2021

How Cyclops helps tackle environmental issues in the electronics industry

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There’s no industry as polarising as the electronics industry when it comes to the environment. This is the industry that generates 70% of all toxic waste on the planet, yet it’s also the industry that’s pioneering renewable energy to address climate change.

The best way to look at the electronics industry from an environmental point of view is as a work in progress. We know that the industry is facing several environmental challenges now and in the future. The question is, how should we respond to them?

We are a global electronic component distributor, supplying electronic components to global customers. Our position in the industry has given us a unique perspective of the environmental challenges it faces. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the challenges we are facing and how we are addressing them.

Improper component storage

One of the biggest problems in the electronics components industry is the lack of environmentally-controlled storage facilities.

The biggest danger to electronic components is humidity which has to be controlled to ensure the components do not degrade. Problems like moisture absorption and contact corrosion have to be considered in storage.

Cyclops only operates environmentally-controlled storage facilities. Our facilities are designed to ISO 9001 standards. ISO 9001 is the international standard that sets out the requirements for a quality management system.

Delivery emissions

Electronic components and electronic devices are shipped via land, sea and air. Some packages find their way in transit covering several countries in a single day. This generates unavoidable emissions as a natural by-product of operating.

These emissions can be reduced or offset in a few ways. The simplest way is to always use the most efficient transit methods and logistics firms that offset their emissions. This means the sender doesn’t have to offset their own emissions.

We go with this method because it allows us to meet our environmental obligations while also ensuring a high-quality delivery service.

Electronic waste (e-waste)

Electronic waste is the biggest issue facing the electronics industry. Only around 20% of e-waste is recycled each year. The rest enters landfill. It accounts for 70% of all toxic waste on the planet, which is an astonishing figure.

Cyclops is helping to reduce the amount of electronic waste that enters landfill by putting components that would otherwise enter landfill back into use.

You’d be surprised by the number of components we save that are new old stock. We save hundreds of thousands of components each year. Many of these are rare legacy electronic components that are no longer being made.

Looking ahead

The electronics industry gave you the smartphone in your hand and the internet that connects you to this article. There’s no denying it’s an immeasurably valuable industry and our future will have more technology. That’s a certainty.

As civilisation becomes more reliant on technology, we will develop technologies that address the industry’s biggest environmental challenges. In particular, we hope to see a significant reduction in e-waste and emissions soon. For now, the future is what we make of it, and we’re optimistic about what the future holds.

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15 January 2021

Cyclops Electronics: What we do and how we can help your electronic component needs

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Cyclops Electronics is classed as an electronic component distributor in the sense that electronic component distribution forms 80% of our business. However, this is only part of our operation. We actually provide a complete distribution solution, with sourcing, ordering, testing, and quality inspection included.

This ‘full-stack’ approach to electronic component distribution makes us a valuable partner to hundreds of companies around the world.

Electronic component distribution

We specialise in supplying other businesses with electronic components. We source, purchase, and fulfill component orders on our customer’s behalf. This means our customers only have to deal with us, which makes life easier.

Our customers also benefit from several service features, including:

  • Fast component search
  • Price Match Plus Promise
  • Scheduled ordering
  • Access to global supply chains
  • A seamless and easy ordering process

The true value of our service is our wide network of trusted suppliers in the industry, which includes OEMs and specialised component manufacturers. Whether our customers need a sensor that’s in short supply or a PCB board ordered in the thousands, we can deliver.

Our global distribution network enables us to source components quickly. We take full control of the process. Our customers leave us to source what they need. This relationship is results-based, and we have a very high grade so far, following over 30 years’ in the industry (Cyclops Electronics was incorporated in 1990).

Excess inventory management

We also help businesses monetize excess components. Customers with excess components can move these components on through our network. This enables our customers to reduce inventory burdens and make money at the same time.

This service has 3 main benefits:

  • An instant, positive cash injection
  • Reduce your stockholding costs
  • Reduce time spent managing surplus stock

If that sounds appealing to you, get in touch.

Electronic component testing and inspection

As part of our electronic component distribution service, we inspect the components delivered to verify their legitimacy and quality. We are members of the ERAI and have the best equipment to test components.

The purpose of testing and inspection is two-fold: 1) To verify that the components are legitimate, i.e. not counterfeit, and 2) To verify that the components are working, or that they have been manufactured to the correct standards.

With our service, our customers benefit from:

  • A One Year Quality Guarantee
  • An ISO 9001:2015 Certificate
  • Cyclops Group Inspection Process
  • Cyclops Quality Assurance Statement

In other words, we test and verify components to International Standards, and we stamp our work with a one-year quality guarantee.

How we can help your electronic component needs

We work for our customers to solve shortage and supply problems for active, passive, electro-mechanical, and other components. If you want to solidify your supply chain with greater access to electronic components, we are the partner for you. We have a rich history of success and hundreds of successful partnerships.

Fancy a chat about your needs? Call us on 01904 415 415 or email sales@cyclops-electronics.com and we’ll get back to you.

 

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13 January 2021

How to deal with electronic component obsolescence

With technologies advancing at such a rapid rate, the rate of electronic component obsolescence is as high as it has ever been. OEMs have their work cut out to keep up with an industry where demand for electronic components is under increasing pressure as a result of innovation across the entire electronics industry.

Understanding the risks of obsolescence

Component obsolescence is bound to happen in time because all components have a diminishing lifespan. All components become obsolete eventually.

However, the rate of component obsolescence is increasing over time. This means the challenges facing you are growing.

Dealing with electronic component obsolescence

Now that you know obsolescence is nailed-on given a large enough timeframe, how can you deal with the challenge when you face it? Here are some tips:

  1. Understand why obsolescence happens

The three main reasons for electronic component obsolescence include short product life cycles, innovation, and increased demand.

A combination of these creates the perfect storm. A great example of this storm is with semiconductors, which are advancing at a rapid rate.

Which reasons for obsolescence will affect you the most? By understanding this, you can prepare properly for the future.

  1. If you are designing a product, look into the longevity

The best defense against obsolescence is designing products that use components that are not expected to become obsolete during your product’s lifecycle.

You can assure longevity in a few ways:

  • Review the ‘Production Status’ of the component
  • Ask your supplier about component longevity
  • Look at the datasheet creation date - if it’s several years old, this could be an indication that the part may be due an upgrade sometime soon

Even when a component is due to become obsolete, it could be several years before this happens. This insight will be invaluable to your business.

  1. Get to the bottom of the type of obsolescence

If you get a notification that a component you use is becoming obsolete, take a step back and look into the reason why this is the case.

You can do this by looking at the PCN (Product Change Notification) which will provide the technical information you need.

If the component is a passive component, then there’s a good chance you will be able to source an equivalent component. If the component is an active component, you may have to upgrade to a newer component.

  1. How to deal with obsolescence when it happens

You have three options when dealing with obsolete components:

  • Equivalence - this is when you look for an equivalent component. You can cross-reference many components, such as semiconductors, to find exact equivalents. You should review the datasheets to ensure cross-compatibility.
  • Design - this is when you work with an OEM to manufacture a component on your behalf. It carries a high cost but reduced risk because the component is unique to you. NANDs and micro-controllers are common examples.
  • Use old stock - somewhere in the world, there’s probably the component you need in storage. This is available if you can find it. An electronic component distributor is your best friend in this scenario to get the components you need.

If you are struggling to source your obsolete or hard to find electronic components Cyclops Electronics is here to help. 

Contact us today.

Call: 01904 415 415

Email: Sales@cyclops-electronics.com 

Website: https://www.cyclops-electronics.com/ 

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05 October 2015

Electronic Counterfeits: Can they be avoided?

The global rise in Counterfeiting in the past 10 years

The issues surrounding electronic counterfeit has been within the public’s eye for many years, however the intensity and complexity of the problem has only become obvious over the past 10 years, and more so over the most recent 5 years.

Electronic Counterfeit is not something that is to be                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 taken lightly. Components that are not genuine can fail to perform under the most critical circumstances, and can lead to endangering the lives of the general public.

The dangers of Counterfeit Components:

An example of such an event could be Counterfeits that have been discovered in missile guidance systems, which causes serious security problems for the U.S Department of Defence.

As well as missile guidance systems, electronic counterfeit components have also been found in everyday items such as servers, routers and storage hardware, though less dangerous, this is still not acceptable, and needs to be prevented.

One way of monitoring and avoiding Counterfeit components is Serialization technology. This includes components being given a universal unique ID serial number which can then be identified by all.

Some companies apply this technique when labelling components; however, not all do, creating a lot of different ‘home-grown’ barcodes for the same component, allowing Counterfeits to enter the supply chain.

Anti Counterfeit, Inspection and Testing Procedures:

Here at Cyclops electronics, we follow strict guidelines and procedures when it comes to inspecting for Counterfeit Components.

To enhance our strict ISO 9001 quality and testing procedures we also use the Sentry Counterfeit Detector from ABI Electronics to ensure the authenticity of devices and to protect you from Counterfeit products.

In addition, we also have the capability to conduct X-Ray, X-Ray Fluorescence, high resolution microscopy and dimensional analysis and decapsulation tests to further screen our components. Each step is made with the utmost care to help combat Counterfeiting.

Does this work?

When last analysed Cyclops Electronics RMA rate was less than 0.05% of all lines shipped, giving you complete peace of mind that your production lines, and your profitability, won’t be compromised by counterfeit components when purchasing from us.

If you want to know more about our Counterfeit Procedures, you can give us a call on 01904 435 456 or email via sales@cyclops-electronics.com. We are always here to help!

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17 June 2015

25 Years of Cyclops

We are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year and couldn’t be happier to have reached this great milestone. The company has undergone many changes and achieved a great deal over the years – take a trip down memory lane with us....

1990 – Company Started

All those years ago, Cyclops Electronics started out as a small electronic component sourcing and distribution company. Founded by a dynamic entrepreneur, the company literally started in the spare room but soon left those humble beginnings and went on to achieve great things...

1993 - Moves to York

Originally starting out in Scotland, the company moved to its current home in the beautiful city of York. Though perhaps better known for chocolate, York was ideal for Cyclops Electronics as it is a great location and provided lots of scope to grow.

1996 – Achieved ISO Certification

This was a fantastic achievement for the company. It strengthened our commitment to quality assurance and is something that we are still proud to hold today.

1998 – Cyclops House Built

This is our current home and the purpose built facility combines offices with warehouse space, allowing us to order, store, package and ship your electronic components quickly and securely.

1998 – Trading Specialists Created

After 8 years of Cyclops we wanted to offer a solution to all the excess component issues we realised our customers were facing. Thus Trading Specialists was born; the place to go if you have excess or obsolete components you want to get rid of! www.trading-specialists.com

2002 – GSS Created

We realised that our customers wanted more from their component distributors so we created a supply chain management solution. Originally known as Unit 8, the company was renamed Global Supply Services and the team will help you with all supply chain issues. www.globalsupplyservices.com

2010 – Daniel Josefsson Acquired (Renamed DJ Assembly)

Wanting to offer a full service we took over the PCB Assembly company Daniel Josefsson, later renamed DJ Assembly. Having our own purpose built manufacturing facility lets us offer so much more to our customers, including PCBA, Box Build and EMS. www.djassembly.com

2013 – AS9120 Achieved

This is a great accreditation to have and allows us to offer greater commitment to all our customers, particularly those in the aerospace, military and defence industries.

2015 – 25th Anniversary

And here we are, 25 years later. After seeing a lot of changes in the industry as a whole and within the company, we feel proud to be here at this stage. We have grown from a small start up into a company with real global presence; Cyclops has 8 worldwide offices, including Canada, USA and Italy. The future is looking good and here’s to the next 25 (and beyond!)

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15 May 2015

Cyclops to the Rescue!

Working in the components industry, sometimes it can be easy to forget the huge impact our parts can have. We were reminded just of the importance of components last week when an urgent call came in from one of our customers...

You may remember seeing the London Rail Network grind to a halt a couple of weeks ago. Thousands of passengers were stuck and stranded for hours but with the sourcing skills of Cyclops Electronics, the problem was solved. An electrical problem between Wandsworth Common and Clapham Junction caused trains in and out of Victoria station to be suspended. Victoria is a huge transport hub in London so getting it fixed, and quickly, was a priority for our customer.

After receiving an immediate RFQ from his customer, one of our Account Managers, Jon, had an initial check and thought we were going to have to say we didn't have the stock they were looking for. Then Charlotte from our fabulous purchasing team managed to track the part down in Europe.

By this point it was 5.15pm UK time so it was touch and go whether our source in Europe would still be available. Luckily, and thanks to Charlotte's skills of persuasion, the parts were secured! However, now the problem was when they would arrive at our warehouse to be checked before sending them down to London. Thankfully, they arrived first thing in the morning and were able to be despatched immediately. After a nervous wait, our customer called later in the afternoon to say they had arrived, but were a different colour to what he was used to. After all our hard work was it all going to be in vain?

But the parts were correct! The two pieces were fitted and full power restored to the rail network. We were thrilled everything got sorted (so was our customer!) and it just goes to show how much of an impact our work can have. Our entire team, from Jon the Account Manager to Charlotte in Purchasing and all the people in our warehouse, worked together to find the parts required, and get them where they needed to be within the space of a few hours. This success story is testament to the hard work and dedication all our staff put in day in day out at Cyclops.

If you find yourself in a pickle like our rail network customer, you can call Cyclops Electronics on +44 (0)1904 415415 or email us here. We will do all we can to find the parts required and get them out to you as soon as possible. We love helping your business and being part of your happy ending!

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10 December 2014

Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for 2015 from all at Cyclops Electronics!

Are you getting excited about the upcoming holiday season? Here at Cyclops Electronics we certainly are and would like to wish you a very happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

We will be closed for the holiday season from 12:30 (GMT) Wednesday 24th December 2014, reopening in the New Year at 08:45 (GMT) on Monday 5th January 2015.

We will be ready and waiting for your enquiries in the new year and look forward to a happy and prosperous new year

Season's Greetings and have a fantastic holiday season!

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