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PCNalert: Product Change Notices

Keep pace with product change alerts and manage component obsolescence risks.

In today’s accelerated, globalized and highly technical manufacturing environment, companies must track an escalating number of product change notifications. For example, during 2016, PCNalert published nearly 208,000 PCNs and EOLs. Companies that fail to keep up with such notices run the risk of manufacturing shutdowns, non-compliance penalties, expensive redesigns, counterfeit goods, negative brand reputation and more.

PCNalert – the leading PCN, EOL and counterfeit notification service – enables you to master these challenges by helping you quickly identify, analyze and resolve component events that impact your products. The tool harnesses the world’s largest electronic components database to track notices from 600+ suppliers and 1,600+ original component manufacturers for 1.5 billion electronic parts. You receive daily emails announcing which parts from your Approved Vendor List (AVL) and Approved Manufacturer List (AML) could be affected by a change notice, within 24 hours of the original alert. Moreover, with our proprietary fuzzy matching algorithm, you will get notices for all relevant part matches – even incorrectly numbered ones. You never have to worry again about relying on suppliers or manufacturers directly for notification. In addition, our report highlights those parts for which you have fewer than 100 days to the effective change date, so you can prioritize where and when to take action.

PCNalert delivers:

  • Tracking of 1.5 billion parts
  • 11.3 EOLs per day
  • 30.7 PCNs per day

So you can:

  • Mitigate product design, production and maintenance risks early
  • Accommodate shorter design cycles, complex designs and heavier workloads
  • Avoid manufacturing shutdowns, product redesigns and surplus inventory
  • Manage compliance, obsolescence and counterfeit issues
  • Determine relevance and potential impact of notices faster
  • Prioritize and accelerate resolution processes

PCNalert Features

  • Customized daily email alerts – Find out which parts from your AVL and AML are affected by a PCN, EOL or counterfeit notice within 24 hours of the original alert. Each email alert includes:
    • Manufacturer name
    • Alert description
    • Number of impacted parts
    • Action date and countdown days to action date
    • Link to the actual notification
  • “Fuzzy” parts matching tool – Get notifications for “dirty” parts lists and proactively check your AVL and AML for parts at risk

  • Notification types – Receive notices for PCN, EOL, counterfeit, new product announcements, technical updates, environmental compliance, manufacturing process changes

  • Potential impact analysis – Download summary report with additional details, including:
    • Issue date
    • Last-time buy date
    • Internal and manufacturing part numbers
    • Affected location, projects, products

  • My notifications – Access notifications in one location, with the ability to archive resolved issues and to search current issues by:
    • Manufacturer issue date
    • Action date
    • Alert type
    • Impact category
    • Manufacturer
    • PCN number
    • Designated sites/projects

  • Alert distribution options – Use private distribution of company alerts for custom and confidential information, or use site-specific alerting to deliver project-specific alerts to the desired personnel at defined sites

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The PCNalert Difference

  • Monitors 1.5 billion parts, more than any other alert system
  • No limitations on part numbers in your AVL or AML
  • Automated process for weekly AVL and AML loading and monitoring
  • Proprietary “fuzzy” parts matching algorithm – no need to manually cleanse part numbers
  • Site-specific, project-specific and confidential reporting functionality
  • Visibility between AML/AVL and manufacturer/supplier notifications

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