Critical Inventory Storage
To mitigate the effects of obsolescence and maintain a dominant position in the manufacturing industry, OEMs require a warehousing infrastructure capable of storing the critical inventory needed to complete their products’ life cycles.
No two successful warehousing infrastructures, however, are designed the same. Some OEMs may require warehousing sufficient to fulfill inventory to EMS providers for 10 years or more, while others may require investments in specialized equipment, experienced personnel, and detailed procedures to securely store sensitive electronic components such as ASICs.
Should an OEM fail to identify these specific needs and address them accordingly, the consequences could be significant. Not only could critical inventory representing years of downstream revenue be compromised, but such a setback could force the OEM into a costly redesign — or even the discontinuation — of their product.
We Build Our Solution Around You
With over 25 years of experience and an existing secure storage and fulfillment infrastructure, EDX has all the tools, capabilities, and certifications to fit your specific needs. From secured storage for irreplaceable electronics, to global custom fulfillment for all types of electronics, semiconductors, and peripheral products.
The process begins with us defining the storage and fulfillment needs of our customers. We take the time to clearly understand upfront the type of inventory in question, as well as the recommended storage requirements outlined by the manufacturer’s specifications.
Then, after careful evaluation, we will propose a personalized Critical Inventory Storage Solution designed to address some of today’s greatest supply chain challenges, including:
In an industry often defined by uncertainty, OEMs strive to find assurance that the critical inventory they require will be available when they need it – especially in cases where the loss of such inventory could mean the loss of millions in downstream revenues. In the past, OEMs have relied upon the short-term warehousing capabilities of authorized channel partners, as well as their own infrastructure, for business continuity. Today, however, especially for irreplaceable inventory, these options may not be enough.
Custom Vault Storage
Our self-sustained Vault is the new and innovative way to guarantee business continuity throughout your product’s life cycle. As the first and only one of its kind in the world, this structure is rated “Best in Class” for component and raw material storage – and it happens to be located right here in the USA.
Modular Construction – Built from panels that are 24 inches wide and can vary in height from 8 to 16 feet, our Vault can be customized to meet your current needs, and even expand as your needs change. Fire Rated Class 350 Certification – Insulated with spun ceramic material, our Vault has been tested to withstand temperatures well above 2,000°F for over five hours. Zone IV Seismic Rated – With a unique structural steel design, our Vault has been tested to have a strength three times that of a normal building, rendering it safe from all natural disasters. Magnetic Shielding – The Vault walls and ceiling are enhanced with magnetic shielding to protect against magnetic interference and electrostatic discharge (ESD), which can include anything from a common power surge to a lightning strike. Clean Agent Fire Suppression System – In the remote case of a fire, our Vault will automatically trigger a chemical suppression system created specifically to protect electronic components. 1,100 lb. Vault Door – With a unique two-door design for additional protection, our vault door is the same one trusted by world-leading government and commercial enterprises such as AT&T, Walt Disney Imagineering, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Air Force.
Die and Wafer Banking
In their efforts to combat obsolescence, many manufacturers are increasingly turning to the use of ASICs in their designs, which can be banked in raw die and wafer form. The metal composition of raw die, however, is incredibly sensitive to oxidation. To function properly at the time of assembly, it must be stored with the proper equipment in accordance with strict, highly regulated humidity specifications.
ECD Dry Cabinets with SmartDry™ Technology
Instead of offering standard options for storing moisture-sensitive critical components, we wanted to offer customers implementing ASICs into their designs something more. This is why we introduced EDX’s industry-leading desiccant ECD dry cabinets, which are capable of maintaining a relative humidity of 0.5 percent – far below the IPC standard and more than sufficient for long-term die and wafer banking.
Self-Regulated Drying Technology – This allows for a market-leading recovery time of less than three minutes, which allows EDX assembly specialists to retrieve critical moisture-sensitive components as often as 10-12 times per hour.
Zeolite MSL Regulation – Zeolite is a naturally occurring clay-like compound that comes from volcanic earth deposits and exhibits humidity control qualities far superior to nitrogen. Nitrogen-infused ECD dry cabinets can only achieve 6-10 percent relative humidity, while Zeolite is capable of maintaining 0.5 percent relative humidity.
Intelligent Light Status – This innovative feature provides instant visual confirmation of dry storage status, informing the EDX staff if the unit is safe to access without compromising critical inventory.
ESD Protection – All of our desiccant dry cabinets are built using innovative conductive powder paint surface over steel construction, which is designed to eliminate the risks associated with electrostatic discharge.
Added Bonus all EDX SmartDRY™ Cabinets are located in our custom, climate-controlled Vault, which provides additional shielding from electrostatic discharge, as well as guaranteed business continuity against all natural disasters.
What Sets EDX Apart?
Infrastructure – EDX will fulfill inventory to all OEM designees, when and where they need it. Whether you require packing and shipping of partials, re-baking, or testing, EDX will customize a solution to fit your specific needs. Experience – Our dedicated warehouse personnel receive continual training in the inspection, storage, ESD, MSL packaging, international shipping policies, and repackaging of all types of inventory. Visibility – All EDX, customers have full access to our Member Services Dashboard. Through this dashboard, your entire organization, including CM partners, can view consigned inventory levels at any time. Quality – At EDX, quality is the foundation for all that we do. Our standardized processes have been audited by Boeing, GE, Philips and many more. Our methodical approach ensures customer requirements are fulfilled to exacting standards. Our proficiency is acknowledged by our ISO:9001 and AS9120 certifications. Warehousing Services – North America, Europe and the APAC region (partners)
- Full Turnkey Solution
- Import/export administration
- Inventory reconciliations
- Secured, climate controlled, ESD warehouses
- Vault storage available for critical components.
- ISO/AS9120 certified processes