Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages(DMSMS) is an increasingly difficult problem for DoD weapon systems because the manufacturing lives of many critical items get shorter while the life cycles of military weapon systems keep increasing.

ABSC invites you to a 2-day obsolescence management seminar (held in German) to obtain the basic certificate according to the ΩM³ training course.

The SD-22, “Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS): A Guidebook of Best Practices and Tools for Implementing a DMSMS Management Program.” was published by the Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO) in September 2010.

We invite you to a 1-day substance regulation electronics seminar (held in German) to obtain general knowledge on product specific statutory regulations and requirements with respect to the environment and product safety (RoHS 2 I REACh I POP I WEEE)

Abstract: “Taking into account the object of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as given in Article 2 of the Statutes, the particular object of the IECQ System, operated in conformity with the Statutes and under the authority of the IEC, is to facilitate international trade in electronic components of assessed quality, by providing a global framework for independent assessment and certification.”

The VDI (Association of German Engineers) - corporation Production and Logistics - has founded a new expert committee "Obsolescence Management" (FA209) within their department Factory Planning and Operation (FB2). The constitutive meeting took place at the VDI location in Duesseldorf on the 22. August 2012.

Abstract: “Many technologies have procurement life cycles that are shorter than the life cycle of the product they are used in. Life cycle mismatches caused by the obsolescence of technology often result in large costs for long field life products, such as aircraft, critical infrastructure, medical systems and military systems. DMSMS (Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Materials Shortages) is a type of obsolescence, which includes the loss of the ability...

A periodic-review inventory model with application to the continuous-review obsolescence problem - Yuyue Song and Hoong Chuin Lau

At the COG expo 2013 on Wednesday, 4 December 2013 in Frankenthal (Germany), 20 members of the COG (Component Obsolescence Group) Deutschland e.V. will present the most effective active and reactive strategies for the efficient handling of discontinued, manipulated and counterfeit electronic components.

Abstract: “This PAS (editor's note: Publicly Available Specification) applies to the long-duration storage of electronic components. Although it has always existed to some extent, obsolescence of electronic components and particularly of integrated circuits, has become increasingly intense over the last few years. Indeed, with the existing technological boom, the commercial life of a component has become very short compared with the life of industrial equipment such as that encountered in the aeronautical field, the railway industry or the energy sector.”

The objective of obsolescence management is to ensure that obsolescence is managed as an integral part of design, development, production and in-service support in order to minimize cost and detrimental impact throughout...

A complete set of tools for managing obsolescence in long-field life systems from the ABSC Obsolescence Management Lead Bjoern Bartels and partners.


Safe availability of material – discontinuation and part change management

Many device manufacturers have exited the military market in recent years, resulting in decreased availability of devices specified to operate over wide temperature ranges.

Invitation to an RAeS lecture in cooperation with the DGLR and VDI on Thursday, 15th November 2012, 18:00 at HAW Hamburg about Comprehensive Obsolescence Management methods – an overview.  

Invitation to an „FED - Fachverband für Design, Leiterplatten- und Baugruppenfertigung“ lecture in German on Friday, 21th September 2012, 8:15 at the 20th FED Conference at the Maritime Hotel and International Congress Center in Dresden, Germany.


It seems to be everywhere. It is like machinations of a huge industry lobbying a premature end-of-life for essential components of systems. In addition, it is forcing customers and other industries to pay for it. Is it rather a mighty myth than a whole sector conspiring against poor customers?