What is Obsolescence Management (OM)?

17 Jun 2012
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One of the goals if companies create a new system or product is to ensure the ability to avoid obsolescence once they start production. Comprehensive obsolescence management should integrate processes, methods and procedures in a company to ensure that their products are producible and can be supported over their complete life time. Therefore, the context of obsolescence management is to “co-ordinated activities to direct and control an organization with regard to obsolescence” [DIN62402].

Obsolescence management itself is based on life cycle forecasting and other analysis to identify the impacts of obsolescence through all stages of the product’s life cycle. Only a consequent and well established obsolescence management system which is integrated in all stages of the value creation process (VCP) can minimize the risks of parts becoming obsolete. To ensure a consistent performance of the obsolescence management system it is important to implement a process of continues improvement. The more accurate the forecast about availabilities and life cycles for components, the easier is the determination of the right way to plan with imminent obsolescence.

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Process of Obsolescence Management [Bartels, Ermel, Sandborn and Pecht; “Strategies to the Prediction, Mitigation and Management of Product Obsolescence”]

Risk through obsolescence is inevitable. Once an obsolescence issue has been identified, it is the responsibility of the obsolescence manager and it’s team to use the resolutions available. A reactive, proactive and strategic process has to be developed to minimize negative financial and operational impact.

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Bjoern Bartels

Bjoern Bartels is a senior consultant and obsolescence management competence lead at ABSC and Managing Director of AMSYS. He has a masters degree in international business and a German diploma in industrial engineering and business management. He has been working with comprehensive obsolescence management practices and methods for several years. He successfully developed, implemented and managed reactive, proactive and strategic obsolescence management systems within companies. In addition, he is the head author of the publication "Strategies to the Prediction, Mitigation and Management of Product Obsolescence", a joint work with the CALCE Engineering Institute of the University of Maryland. 

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