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 about to build a new casing for your prototype, using the labs’ 3D printer. It hasn’t been used for some time and, when you turn it on, you find that the thermocouple sensor board is fried. No way to get a new unit soon, but you could use a thermocouple IC evaluation board as a temporary fix, and you get to use the printer to finish your prototype while the spare sensor board arrives.
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 thermocouple IC evaluation board 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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