LACROIX Electronics

In the midst of a supply chain crisis, the challenge for LACROIX’s Purchasing Department is to secure the procurement and availability of components. Jean-Pierre Kinn – Head of New Business Purchasing – offers his customers a dedicated Design for Procurement or “DfP” support solution so as to reduce the risk of obsolescence and stock shortages, and to better optimize product life cycles.

1 - Calling on Design for Procurement experts to enrich component analysis 

DfP experts notably rely on ​Silicon​ Expert software. This software is used to carry out in-depth analyses on the bill of materials (BoM) of a product’s components. Its database is constantly enriched and updated.

Each new design project submitted to DfP experts is the subject of a detailed report of all its components and their associated risks. This reduces risks associated with procurement issues by providing access to crucial information on the sourcing of each electronic component, including:

  • The component’s maturity
  • The risk of obsolescence on the market
  • The number of sources of procurement
  • The possibility of replacing components with alternatives

In the midst of a component shortage, a single source of procurement is automatically considered by our services as a ‘critical’ risk. For some very specific components with no alternatives, we provide other essential guarantees such as a minimum lifespan of 10 years, or a certain level of stock available, for example.”

Jean-Pierre Kinn
Head of New Business Purchasing

2 - Taking into account component sourcing constraints, right from the start of the product design stage 

Integrating Design for Procurement experts right from the start of product development is the safest way to optimize its design and secure its industrialization. In the current context, it is increasingly difficult to meet 100% of component requirements. It is therefore essential to anticipate crises and difficult situations by carefully selecting each component and preparing for all possible scenarios upstream of production.  


Case study: Extending product life by two years 

 Within the framework of a project to manufacture a “Millennium” site traffic light for LACROIX’s City Activity, priority was given to securing the sustainability of production. Component availability has been guaranteed until 2028, by searching for and securing additional sources of procurement. The risk of shortages affecting many of its components with a single supply source could otherwise have interrupted production as early as 2026. 


Case study: Reducing the cost of manufacturing a product by 39% 

To improve the cost of a temperature control system in the automotive sector, the work carried out by Design for Procurement experts resulted in the proposal of seven new additional solutions to the initial design. Among them, two solutions made it possible to reduce ​​manufacturing costs by 39%, by replacing one component with another of equal specifications. 

LACROIX has been facing the same shortage of components that has affected the electronics sector worldwide for several years. To circumvent the risks associated with procurement issues, our Design for Procurement experts strive to support customers through the optimization of their sourcing processes by focusing on strengthening their relationships with suppliers. 


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