Strategic Obsolescence Management
Strategic Obsolescence Management is the most comprehensive management process that starts during the development phase and optimally covers the entire product or system lifecycle. In this case also services from the proactive and reactive range can be used in a planned way.
Strategic parts selection
With the aid of component management, the current availability situation of components is already analyzed in the development process prior to bill of materials production. Thus, a strategically optimized component selection takes place with regard to the long-term availability of the product.
Obsolescence Management Plan
An Obsolescence Management Plan (OMP) defines the activities to be used to mitigate the effects of obsolescence at all stages of the product lifecycle. Timing of activities and milestone planning are included in the OMP.
Consequently, the OMP also allows a determination of the cost of maintaining the availability of assemblies or systems over the predefined period of time. This also helps to optimize the sales prices of the corresponding products.
The OMP is not only a one-off creation, but also requires continuous development and adaptation to changing conditions.
Together with our development department, we also offer the complete development of a new product from the point of view of long-term availability. Based on the customers´ specifications, all activities are handled between our Development and Obsolescence Management department and the customer benefits from our extensive experience of know-how in both areas.
Proactive Obsolescence Management
Proactive Obsolescence Management provides the ability to include Obsolescence Management in any state of the product or system lifecycle before any discontinuance has occurred. In contrast to reactive Obsolescence Management, a risk-oriented approach is used, whereby a consideration of obsolescence focus is based on the degree of risk of the system or component.
In order to give an overview of the current life cycle status of the components, we offer BOM analysis. The BOM analysis can be used to determine the risk potential of the respective assembly or system and to derive further measures at an early stage.
In addition to the algorithm-based determination of the probable EOL date, the BOM analysis includes also information on possible alternatives, suppliers with inventory and environmental and material data (RoHS, REACH).
A definition of the required contents and the data format can be made customer specific.
To ensure market proximity and high data quality, we use three sources:
- Search in the internal ERP system
- Search in an external global database
- Research in the supply chain
An analysis of your parts list can be carried out once or at individually defined intervals.
In order to be able to supervise the risk potential of endangered components, a monitoring process is used. BOMs or selected parts are loaded into a global database, which informs the customer about product changes and discontinuances by e-mail. For each BOM, a separate recipient cycle of the notifications can be set up, so that an individual processing in the customers´ company is possible.
When commissioning monitoring, the customer also has the option of defining which categories of automatically generated messages want to be received.
Reactive Obsolescence Management
The reactive Obsolescence Management only deals in case of a change or discontinuance with possible effects and their elimination. No measures are defined before the change or discontinuance occur, but only component-specific response to the incoming message, which is usually a very short action time is and represents a major challenge.
The EOL / PCN service includes the structured handling of Product Change Notifications (PCN) and Product Discontinuance Notifications (PDN)/ End-of-life (EOL) Notifications as a defined process. The messages are made available to the customer as well as individually matched to secure the system.
Last Time Buy / Life Time Buy
As part of the Last Time / Life Time Buy, original components with the original specifications can be purchased for the last time before production is stopped and the component is removed from the product portfolio. The Last Time Buy can also be referred to as Bridge Buy and illustrates the bridging until the next refresh of the product. In the context of the Life Time Buy, however, the quantities to be acquired are adjusted accordingly, so that stockpiling can be achieved until the complete end of the life of the product. This may require a special storage to maintain functionality and usability (see "Long-term storage").
Alternative search and substitution
We offer a targeted worldwide search for active alternatives to replace discontinued components. Substitutes offer "Form, Fit and Function" replacements and can be easily integrated into the design. The identification of aftermarket sources and components that have an uprating is thus also made possible.
At our Delling and Durach sites, we offer a cost-effective storage of electronic components and assemblies in nitrogen cabinets. A constant atmosphere in the nitrogen cabinets is ensured by a permanent control of temperature and humidity, whereby an extension of the functionality and processability of your components and assemblies can be realized.
Additional module-level services in close collaboration with our development department
Upon customer request, a reuse can also be needed. We will get the functional components from old systems, tested and possibly processed before it responds to the system to be maintained. In this case, a sufficient life of the component to be balanced is required. An examination of the quality of the components and an individual feasibility check are inexplicable.
If the manufacturability of an assembly becomes impossible due to unexpected unavailability of discontinued components, a redesign can be performed. In this case, an adaptation to the currently required life time of the assembly and the availability situation of components, whereby the replacement of other vulnerable components is made possible. As a result, a redesign can improve system performance, reliability, and maintainability.
Reverse engineering encompasses the complete post-development of the assembly based on prescribed specifications and documentation based on the current component availability. Consequently, a 1:1 simulation of the obsolete product is realized.
In contrast to reverse engineering, here a functional simulation without existing documents of the obsolete product is realized. Emulation thus results in a comparable replacement unit, but not a 1:1 replica.
Obsolescence Management Consulting
We are also pleased to offer an introduction to Obsolescence Management as part of a workshop. Here, an individual adjustment to the customers´ employee circle and the existing know-how can be made.
after Obsolescence Management implementation
If an in-house Obsolescence Management has already been implemented, we will gladly support our customer through an audit. This is individually tailored to your industry and your company and carried out by our experienced Obsolescence Managers. Following the analysis and evaluation of the audit, we work together to develop measures to optimize the customers´ Obsolescence Management.