Obsolescence Management Structure

18 Jun 2012
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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 order to maintain the technical and commercial standards in projects, effective measures are necessary. Based on requirements analysis it can be identified how obsolescence management can efficiently be integrated into your organization. Through individual concepts, procedures and methods specifically tailored to your needs, obsolescence management integration into your organizational structure will be efficient and solution oriented. Selecting and applying the right tools is an important task within each obsolescence management concept.

During the development and implementation of a comprehensive obsolescence management system you should be aware of the following areas:

Reactive Obsolescence Management

  • Negotiation with the manufacturer
  • Existing stock for component recovery
  • Alternative parts
  • Part replacements and substitutes
  • Uprating of parts
  • Aftermarket sources
  • Component emulation
  • Reconstruction and Redesign
  • Reverse-Engineering
  • Lifetime buys / bridge buys
  • Selection of appropriate strategies
  • Preparation of guidelines
  • Provision of suitable obsolescence management software tools

Proactive Obsolescence Management

  • BOM (Bill of Material) Management
  • Material Risk Index (MRI) determination
  • Health Monitoring of components and parts
  • Tracking of component availability
  • Selection of appropriate strategies
  • Preparation of guidelines
  • Provision of suitable obsolescence management software tools

Strategic Obsolescence Management 

  • Process analysis
  • Prediction of product life cycles
  • Component selection processes
  • Requirements specification
  • Customer and supplier management
  • Contract management
  • Management above the component level, at the system level
  • Design Refresh Planning Optimization
  • Hardware-software independence
  • Monitoring and control
  • Selection of appropriate strategies
  • Preparation of guidelines
  • Provision of suitable obsolescence management software tools

Some examples of obsolescence management implementation models are described here.

Last modified on Friday, 20 July 2012 16:26
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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