Managing Electronic Component Obsolescence White Paper

Why Obsolescence Management?

Modern electronic equipment can have a production life including spare part requirements of up to 30 years. However the components that are used to build the product will have a production life much shorter than that. This creates significant problems for the equipment manufacturer who needs to mitigate against the following risks:

  • From a different manufacturer
  • Last time buys (LTB) or Die Banking. Buying the components in bulk and store them in inventory for future needs. The life cycle of the end product is reduced
  • The production cost of the end product can rise
  • The end product becomes impossible to support and service
  • The end product must be redesigned
  • The redesigned end product must be re-qualified and certified

Effective obsolescence management help avoid the costs and risks associated with redesigning the end product. It is essential to find a reliable partner with a long history of obsolescence management. The necessary skills and contacts take many years to develop.

Once a part goes EOL you have the following broad range of options:

  • Finding Form Fit and Function replacements
  • Finding nearest equivalent alternate part, to reduce the redesign cost.
  • Re-creation
  • Redesign and Requalify a sub-section or the entire equipment

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