Digital Streamlining of Procurement Costs

Photo above: Digi-Key warehouse in THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA

Digi-Key Electronics announced that it now offers a free eBook on the benefits of implementing Application Programming Interface (API) solutions, and a new ROI calculator to see the return on investment that implementing APIs can deliver. Digi-Key’s APIs provide a complete digital platform to automate and streamline procurement processes while providing real-time product information.

The APIs are free to use, and digitally connect customers’ systems with the Digi-Key system to provide automated, real-time product search, price and availability, product change notifications and more. Digi-Key estimates that customers who have utilized its API have seen an average savings of $50,000-$100,000.

“Speed and access to information and data are critical in all forms of electronic product design and procurement,” said Nathan Pray, senior digital product owner for Digi-Key. “Customers using Digi-Key’s API solutions save time so they can bring products to market faster and more efficiently, which boosts revenue.” An example of the APIs benefit was brought by Fremont, Calif.-based Sonic Manufacturing Technologies.

Sonic automated 50% of its purchasing activity

Sonic provides in-house board layout, prototyping and New Product Introduction through full production in as little as five to 10 days. Every week, Sonic orders about 1 million parts to support its production line. Using Digi-Key’s APIs and cloud-based procurement platform, Sonic has been able to automate 50% of its purchasing activity without adding staff.

Using Digi-Key’s APIs and cloud-based platform, Sonic’s cost to place an order (total landed cost) was reduced from a previous $40 to a current $9. While not every company will achieve 60% savings, even 20 to 30% savings on procurement costs of $400,000 each year will result in significant savings. For more information on Digi-Key’s API solutions, visit: Digi-Key API Solutions resources page.

Global High Service Distributor of ON Semiconductor

Lately, Digi-Key Electronics was named ON Semiconductor’s Global High Service Distributor for 2019. The Top 2019 High Service Distribution Partner Award honors the distributor that led the channel in digital marketing initiatives and sales of ON Semiconductor’s products. Digi-Key was recognized for partnering in inventory management and scoring highly on overall process excellence. Approximately 60 percent of  ON Semiconductor’s business results from distribution sales, and distribution remains the fastest channel to market.

Headquartered in Thief River Falls, Minn., Digi-Key Electronics is an authorized global distributor of electronic components, offering more than 10 million products, with over 2.2 million in stock and available for immediate shipment, from over 800 manufacturers. Digi-Key also provides online resources: datasheets, articles, EDA and design tools, reference designs, videos and multimedia libraries. Technical support is available 24/7 via email, phone or webchat.

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Digi-Key Brings Interactive Booth to Embedded World 2020

Digi-Key Electronics plans to have interactive and unique technical demonstrations in their booth area, as well as more traditional games and giveaways, during Embedded World 2020 on Feb. 25-27, 2020, in Nuremberg, Germany.The company is also an official sponsor of Student Day on Feb. 27, when 1,000 final-year engineering students from around the world will gather to meet potential employers.

Digi-Key’s demonstrations will feature Digi-Key’s IoT Studio, IoT sensor technology, infrared devices, board level solutions, value-added design tools and augmented reality. Some of the themes will include: Systems and solutions created by the Digi-Key applications engineering team, Project-based solutions that highlight how using the DK IoT Studio has evolved rapid prototyping with both ease and speed of design.

The company will demonstrate many types of solutions, from Scheme-it (Digi-Key’s back-of-the-napkin design editor) to KiCad (the leading open source EDA design environment). The company will show its customer assistance tools, including: TechForum (online community with a direct pipeline to its technical support team), eeWiki (a broad source of technical knowledge driven and supported by Digi-Key’s application engineering team), io (project-based solutions to help designers get a jump start on rapid prototyping) and 24/7 Telephone and chat support.

Visit Digi-Key at Embedded World in Hall 4A, booth 633.

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Digi-Key Electronics, headquartered in Thief River Falls, Minn., USA, is an authorized global, full-service distributor of electronic components, offering more than 10 million products, with over 2.2 million in stock and available for immediate shipment, from over 800 quality name-brand manufacturers.

Digi-Key also offers a wide variety of online resources such as EDA and design tools, datasheets, reference designs, instructional articles and videos, multimedia libraries, and much more. Technical support is available 24/7 via email, phone and webchat. Additional information and access to Digi-Key’s broad product offering can be found by visiting and on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


Digi-Key Secured Global Distribution Agreement with Directed Energy

Digi-Key Electronics from Minn., USA, had signed an exclusive global distribution partnership with Directed Energy Inc. (DEI) from Colorado. DEI provides ready-to-use modules primarily to drive laser diodes but that can be used wherever a high voltage or high current pulse is required in scientific, industrial and commercial applications.

“Now, as a Digi-Key partner, we are excited to know that our pulsed laser diode driver and high voltage pulse modules will offer that same problem-solving value to designers and engineers around the world and in a wide array of industries,” said Stephen Krausse (photo above), president and owner of Directed Energy.

“We are excited to partner with Directed Energy and offer their ready-to-use modules to our global customer base,” said David Stein, vice president of global supplier management for Digi-Key. “Directed Energy has an impressive lineup of off-the-shelf modules that provide high-quality pulses of high current and/or high voltage for a variety of applications, from LiDAR to ADAS, laser diode characterization, precision measurement, and physics and scientific experimentation.”

DEI's PCO-7115 High Speed Laser Diode Driver Module
DEI’s PCO-7115 High Speed Laser Diode Driver Module

Creating a high-quality electrical pulse is challenging, whether that’s a high current pulse designed to drive a laser diode, or a high voltage pulse designed for the operation of deflection grids or for beam steering. Directed Energy has been designing and selling precision pulsers since was founded in 1987. For more information about Directed Energy, Inc. and their range of products, visit their Supplier Center page on the Digi-Key website.

About Digi-Key Electronics

Digi-Key Electronics, headquartered in Thief River Falls, Minn., USA, is an authorized global, full-service distributor of electronic components, offering more than 9 million products, with over 1.7 million in stock and available for immediate shipment, from over 800 manufacturers. Digi-Key also offers online resources such as EDA and design tools, datasheets, reference designs, instructional articles and videos in its multimedia libraries. Additional information can be found at

Digi-Key Expands its Industrial Automation Portfolio

Digi-Key Electronics, a global electronic components distributor, is strengthening its offering of Industrial Automation (IA) components, design and project capabilities in IA applications. The company said it has added over 14,000+ Industrial Automation part numbers to its portfolio in categories such as sensors, cables, safety devices, control monitors, relays, timers, switches, lighting, and controllers, among others.

Aside from the product lines from Digi-Key’s traditional suppliers such as OMRONTEPanasonicMolex, and others, the it has added 15 new lines and in the past year, including products from AltechSICKIDECCarlo Gavazzi, and Belden. “Digi-Key aims to be the industry leader and single source for IA products and solutions for customers all over the world,” said Eric Wendt, Strategic Program Development Director for Industrial Automation at Digi-Key. \

“Industrial Automation complements our current offering and plays a critical part in building automation, factories, Industry 4.0, and more. We want to partner with designers and purchasers in these application areas to help enable the innovation and functionality of their systems, processes, and machinery.” Digi-Key also recently unveiled a new automation landing page, offering more graphical links and adds the ability to find related parts. The page is mobile-friendly, to catch users who need parts in the moment or on the go.

More information:  Industrial Automation pageDigi-Key website.