We all know the problem of parts becoming unprocurable and obsolete. It's omnipresent in our community. Easy to be observed for example by taking a look at sound carriers. From the 1900's on, the vinyl revolutionized the market, while being replaced by tapes later. When the CD was invented the tape became obsolete and in these days almost all music is saved as MP3 files on hard or flash drives. This change came slowly over many years.

You have a project of development, expansion, reorganization or daily business in regards to obsolescence management?

An obsolescence management audit is about revealing strengths and weaknesses within an organisation and to quantify them.

Executive Summary
Semiconductor end-of-life is an ever-present problem in every electronics manufacturing industry today, and it's not going away. The goal has always been to purchase a replacement that is the exact form, fit, and function as the original. Lately, companies have been offering a variety to aftermarket "substitute" solutions they claim to be form, fit, and function replacements; however, manufacturers are finding from experience that these parts often fall far short of that promise.

 
In the case of an interruption in production speed is of utmost necessity. Every lost minute costs money. Quite often the operator can resort to his own safety reserves and alternatives to compensate for such events.But what is to be done about the defective components? Or what can one do if the defective component is not in stock or if, even worse, the component which is available is not functioning?

The professional long-term conservation of electronic components offers a low-cost and, in some cases, the only alternative to a redesign.

Performance factors like teamwork, training, coaching and confidence during learning and improvement phases of obsolescence management are highly important for a successful and sustainable enhancement.

The tension of results and atmosphere, working groups, workshops and team building activities have enormous importance.

Do you encounter problems with the discontinuation of production materials, processes or other various components? Do you identify obsolescence as potential risk for the ability to manufacture, repair or maintain your systems?

In the top league of repairs and maintenance the game goes on into extra time. Here the operator will be advised in advance of costs and necessary preventive measures by way of quotes and costings. Not every time does this apply to foreseen wear on equipment parts like condensers and similar components but often also to suspect production components which have to be eliminated.
Only when in this area foresight is applied can a repair also provide further additional advantages for the operator in favour of new acquisitions. It is not seldom that a component is returned to the operator better and safer than it was originally. Furthermore, it is not unusual for the manufacturers of automatic equipment to make use of such external repair services.