KPIs, or Key Performance Indicators, are units of measurement that allow businesses to track their success and evaluate how effectively they are achieving their objectives.  When choosing which KPIs to use, utilize the SMART acronym.

A. Specific – Are your objectives clear?
B. Measurable – Can you quantify your objectives?
C. Attainable – Are your objectives realistic?
D. Relevant – Are your objectives related to your overall business?
E. Time – In what amount of time do you expect to meet these objectives? 

Inventory planning is a must for any airline housing spare parts for maintenance purposes.  Airlines don’t want to deal with an extended AOG situation resulting from a lack of parts, but it’s unrealistic to house a whole aircraft’s worth of spares that may, or may not, be needed. Five important KPIs regarding inventory planning capabilities that every airline should focus on include the following.
  1. Inventory Turn - Stock being issued/overall inventory value= Inventory Turn. Usually low, parts don’t typically fail that often.  It may be beneficial to sell or exchange parts, which are slow-moving, rather than have them sit in inventory.
  2. Inventory Per Tail - The amount of inventory you have, per aircraft.  Some aircraft have more expensive parts than others, so be sure to keep aircraft type in mind.
  3. Inventory Investment - Includes all operational/capital spending (repair costs, holding costs, etc.).  Budgeting for this really depends on demand– flight hours, upcoming maintenance checks, and busy seasons should all be factored into this.
  4. Inventory Service Level - Determined by the level of stock you have sitting in your warehouse.  It’s the amount of time a part is available (where it is available, and for how long).
  5. Inventory Cost Per Hour of Flight - Operating costs/flying hours= Cost Per Hour Of Flight
    Remember it is important to consistently review, revise and reevaluate your KPIs.  As your business changes, so should your objectives and goals.

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Importance Of Reed Relays in Electronic Field
First appearing in the 1930s, reed relays were once a critical component of telecommunications systems. Despite phasing out of telecommunications, they are now more prolific than ever as they find use other applications such as automatic test equipment, electronics, etc

Reed relays are relays with contacts made of a magnetic material with electromagnetics that act directly on the switch inside of requiring an armature. This relay contains a reed switch, an optional diode, an encapsulating package with connection terminals, and a coil for creating a magnetic field. When used correctly, this type of relay is a perfect device, especially since it has inherent isolation between voltage controls and operating coils. This type of mechanism allows for a flawless signal switching.

The reed switch, a component within the relay, has two metal shaped blades created from highly magnetic material. These blades are encapsulated inside a glass tube, making them resistant to corrosion. This glass seal also protects debris from entering the switch, allowing for a lengthy mechanical life.  Due to their magnetic nature, the blades are attracted to each other and with enough of a push, the blades will touch, forming an electrical contact. These two blades are the only point of contact within the switch.

Reed switches have many different varying factors, one of which is size. Longer reed switches do not require long-distance blade deflection, allowing for the blade gap to be closed more easily. Shorter reed switches are typically made with thinner materials to allow for easier blade contact.  These small switches allow for small relays to be constructed, a critical aspect when space is an issue. Reed switches are used to generate electricity in a circuit. The generation of electricity inside a circuit is critical, making reed switch a necessity to operate to anything with a circuit board such as an aircraft or a vehicle.

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Aircraft engines and car engines seem like they would be rather similar. After all, they are both machinery that power massive vehicles used to transport people and goods. But, the truth is, aircraft engines are rather different. Aircraft utilize RPMs, not multi-gear transmissions.

RPMs are like gears in a car, in the sense that propeller driven aircraft depend on specific RPM, or revolutions per minute, settings to achieve different stages of flight. So, the RPMs are at maximum setting during take-offs and landing, and they are reduced to a slower and more efficient setting during flight. During flight, the aircraft engine’s RPM doesn’t change, but the engine power, which translates to speed, can.
Aircraft engines have three major controls: the throttle, the propeller knob and the mixture knob. While the throttle is like the gas pedal of a car in terms of increasing and decreasing power, it’s different in that the aircraft engine still runs at the same speed even as the throttle changes the power output. That’s because the propeller knob changes the RPMs. When the aircraft takes-off, the propeller knob and the throttle are set to full forward for maximum power. But at cruising altitude, the throttle is set to reduce the power output and the propeller RPMs accordingly. The mixture knob is then used to lean the fuel-air ratio to the proper stoichiometric ratio for that particular altitude so that the aircraft flies smoothly.
Notice, to reach cruising speeds, only the throttle and the mixture knobs need to be changed. But the aircraft can still speed up or slow down. The propeller knob doesn’t have to move, and the RPMs don’t have to change. That’s because speed is based on the power output by the throttle, and how propeller blades automatically change pitch, or the distance it would move forward if it were cutting through a solid, accordingly.
Clearly, aircraft engines and car engines are not that similar or comparable. You don’t have to deal with altitudes, stoichiometry of fuel-air ratios, or pitch when you drive a car. But, like a car, you do have to maintain your engine and repair and replace parts when need-be. At times like that, you have ASAP Purchasing, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, one of the premier suppliers of aviation parts and components ranging from massive engines to tiny bearings. 

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Autonomous cars are self-driving vehicles. It is very interesting to see how long we have come from having a basic mode of transportation which has slowly but surely evolved into much more than that. A handful of the automobile industry has slowly transitioned into building their first autonomous cars. Companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Audi, and of course Tesla electric have many of them on the road today. However, owing to the nature of the advancement there are still many errors to fix due to possibilities of crashes and potential deaths as seen by Tesla Model S as the first autonomous car fatality. It is important these vehicles can detect objects, fog, and all the hazards of the road 100% of the time before progressing any further.
Autonomous vehicles need Infrared cameras to allow better visibility than light-based cameras. Although there is a limitation due to the high cost and limited resources available. Now the time has gone into research to find a different solution that will enable an overall better technology for the vehicle.
The University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin, the Air Force Research Lab and the University of Missouri collaborated to create a new material that enables better-infrared technology. This new material is called chalcogenide perovskites. This was found in barium titanium sulfide (BTS) which cooperated uniquely, where the light interacted in two different directions. The BTS would make for better image contrast which well helps better improve sensing objects. This new technology will improve and advance the technology behind autonomous vehicles efficiently at a better cost.
ASAP Purchasing, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, should always be your first and only stop for all your hard to find the best-infrared sensors. Veritable Aviation is your premier online distributor of whether new, old or hard to find, they can help you locate infrared cameras and detection systems. ASAP Purchasing has a wide selection of parts to choose from and is fully equipped with a friendly staff, so you can always find what you’re looking for, at all hours of the day. If you’re interested in obtaining a quote, contact the sales department at or call +1-412-212-0606.

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Toshiba has just announced they are adding two brand new N-Channel devices to their extensive family of U-MOS IX-H family of high-efficiency and high speed switching MOSFETs. TK3R1E04PL and TK3R1A04PL are the two newest additions to the MOSFETs lineup by Toshiba. They help designers improve performance while reducing power consumption in most of the power supply applications for DC-DC converters as well as the secondary side circuits of the SMPS AC-DC power supplies. They have a maximum VDSS rating of 40V and allows for operation with gate-source voltages of +/-20V and the maximum respective drain currents are between 100A and 82A. Having low typical on resistance of just 2.5mO at VGS=10V enables an output capacitance (COSS) of 1000pF which ultimately ensures the efficiency of the on-state operations, rapid switching and lowers switching losses.

TK3R1E04PL and TK3R1A04PL provides the optimal trade-off between resistance and capacitance to support optimum performance and efficiency in power supply applications. Boasting a synchronous rectification designs with low output charge that reduces the rectification power loss in regards to device contributions. Lastly the TK3R1E04PL and TK3R1A04PL will primarily operate with channel temperatures up to 175 degrees Celsius thanks to the U-MOS IX-H technology devoted to ensuring stable operations over a variety of load conditions and temperature ranges.

Here at ASAP Purchasing, we have a dedicated and expansive array of Toshiba products. We are your one-stop shop and go destination for a simplified sourcing solution. ASAP will ensure that our consumers’ needs are addressed in the most expeditious and transparent manner all the while offering cost-effective component solutions therefore improving our your negotiation power and profit margins. All of our aircraft parts are extensively tested and enjoy our consumer-centric warranty If you are interested in a quote, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly sales staff at call us at toll free at (714) 705 4780.

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