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?
The market demands innovations and refined components every day: Harder, better, faster, stronger and of course even more temperature resistant than the predecessor.
Obsolescence doesn’t automatically mean Planned Obsolescence, does it?
"Obsolescence survey" evaluated
Thanks to all of the participants for your valuable inputs.
Every branch, industry or organization is concerned with this problematic phenomenon: obsolescence. It is a matter of fact that technological evolutions take place faster and faster. This is indeed the main reason for obsolescence, say 26.9 % of the participants. Longer lifetimes of systems and an increasing use of electronic components are in the same row, each with 12%.
And what about the challenges caused by obsolescence? It is quite astonishing that 14% have difficulties in receiving the information about PDNs, EOLs and PCNs at all. Nevertheless, number one in challenges are high efforts and costs for requalification (about 20%). In consequence, it is highly important to implement and employ an active management to mitigate and avoid extreme costs, huge expenditure in time and resources.
47% think that military, avionics and space industries are affected most by obsolescence. These branches are closely spaced by the transportation industry, which comes up with 12%.
For all the results in detail, together with some more information on the survey, please click here (pdf).
One of the not very surprising results in advance: planned obsolescence only concerns 9.6 % of all participants. After all, planned obsolescence seems to be rather a myth than a machination.
High reliability is not an extraordinary feature anymore, nowadays it is fundamental. Having this in mind, it is astonishing that many companies do not have an obsolescence management strategy in place yet; they even do not know how to react when a component is not procurable anymore. A first step could be to keep an eye on required parts, repair rates and in-house acceptance tests.
Direct link to the survey results: http://kommunikation.absc.de/marketingmaterial/leistungen/om/om_survey_results_final_2013_09.pdf