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07 May 2013
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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

Last modified on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:50
Lisa Pfefferl

Lisa Pfefferl is an obsolescence management trainee at ABSC GmbH. She graduated in European business and economics at the Chamber of Commerce in Germany and is now studying industrial engineering at the DIT (Deggendorf Institute of Technology). At ABSC, she is involved in different current projects and she is about to write a bachelor thesis within the field of obsolescence management.

As an innovative full service system integrator in the fields of engineering services and IT services ABSC GmbH supports many international companies along their development and operation of business processes with complete solutions since over 20 years. ABSC creates customized and innovative obsolescence management concepts and provides competent, reliable and sustainable optimization of processes, projects and infrastructure. ABSC supports businesses as long-term partner for the definition and implementation of customer specific complete obsolescence management solutions and round off their range of services with specific seminars and events.

Website: www.obsolescence-management.net

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