Obsolescence Community

Revive & Thrive: Join Our Community Combatting
Obsolescence Across All Frontiers

What is Obsolescence?

Obsolescence refers to the state of being outdated or no longer in use, usually because newer and more advanced technologies, methods or products have been introduced. It can be observed in domains such as technology, products and processes.


 

Technological obsolescence occurs when newer technologies surpass or replace ones making them less relevant or efficient.


 

Product obsolescence takes place when a specific item is no longer produced or supported by its manufacturer due to the introduction of newer models or technological advancements. This can make it challenging to find replacement parts or receive support, for the product.
Planned obsolescence is a strategy where manufacturers intentionally design products with a lifespan to encourage consumers to replace them frequently. While this approach stimulates sales it also raises environmental concerns.

What is Obsolescence Management?

Obsolescence management refers to the systematic approach and strategies implemented by organizations to mitigate the impact of obsolescence on their products, systems, or processes.



The goal is to proactively address the challenges associated with the inevitable aging and discontinuation of components, technologies, or materials that are critical to the functioning of a product or system.

 

The Obsolescence Management Plan (OMP) can be seen as a way to mitigate the impact of obsolescence in organizations. According to the Standard IEC 62402:2019 Ed. 2, the content of an OMP is structured by the following key indicator:

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  • default topic of a post if not selected otherwise
  • providing a broad overview of various subjects, covering miscellaneous subjects not confined to a specific category
(Alarm) Notification if a certain obsolescence status occurs
Mapping of hardware (not limited to electronics) & software
Import & export functions (e.g. for .xls, .xml, .csv, .txt, .zip)*
Automatic output of standardised notifications & reports
Various cockpits, dashboards & graphics
Interfaces to other information systems (data bases, ERP, etc.)*
External input mask with upload function (e.g. for suppliers & manufacturers)
Manual addition or reprocessing of data sets
Sophisticated high-performance search functions (keywords & filters)
User management & administration (read & write privileges)
History function with (re-)traceability
Modern and scalable technology (web-based & mobile-enabled)
Hosting on the company‘s own or a dedicated AMSYS (SaaS) Server
System maintenance, regular updates, support & backups

Benefits

Embracing Obsolescence: Unlocking Member Benefits for Our Evolving Community

Time

Members are always up to date when it comes
to obsolescence topics and problems.

Know-How

Due to the content posted, members have
access to the Know-How this platform offers.

Strategies

Members contribute to a continual improvement of strategies used when approaching Obsolescence.

Collaboration

Members expose issues they are facing and exchange ideas with other community members. The purpose is here to help each other out and together strengthen the market position.

 

The community could provide a platform for collaboration and collective efforts to address the challenges associated with obsolescence in its various forms.

Supply-Chain Resilience

Adapt and recover quickly from disruptions through Risk Mitigation which often involves diversifying suppliers, having alternative suppliers or redundant systems in place. Through this you will be flexible, allowing quick adjustments to changes in demand. Resilience often involves improved visibility into the supply chain, allowing better monitoring and management of processes.

What to expect as a member

Navigating Obsolescence: Your Membership Journey Ahead

Customer

Become an AM-SYS Customer by accessing our homepage and choose the package that would suite your company best or by simply requesting a trial period. After we receive your request one of our colleagues will get in touch with you and will guide you towards the package that fits best your needs

Certified AIIM Obsolescence Manager

Attend to the Obsolescence Management Seminar hosted by Mr. Bjoern Bartels, the CEO and one of two Founders of AMSYS


 

  • Here you will get familiar with the Obsolescence Management standards IEC 62402:2019 Ed.2 and VDMA 24903
  • Gain knowledge when it comes to the terminology: for example, what is a product Change Notice (PCN), Product Discontinuance Notice (PDN) or Obsolescence Management Plant (OMP)
  • Learn about Obsolescence Management and how to apply some strategies when it comes to Obsolescence in your organization.
  • Learn about the reactive and proactive approach.
  • Gain insights when I come’s to tools
  • At the end of the Seminar, after you and your group went through the provided material and through the best practices examples you will receive a certificate of completion.


 

After attending the OM Seminar you can register for the International Institute of Obsolescence Management (IIOM International) Associate Grade Certification. Mr. Bjoern Bartels also hosts the Certification.

 

  • After subscribing to the IIOM Certification, you will receive tasks, which are to be completed before the exam itself.
  • After successfully passing the exam and all other tasks you will get a Certification

IIOM Member

Attend to the Obsolescence Management Seminar hosted by Mr. Bjoern Bartels, the CEO and one of two Founders of AMSYS:

 

  • Here you will get familiar with the Obsolescence Management standards IEC 62402:2019 Ed.2 and VDMA 24903
  • Gain knowledge when it comes to the terminology: for example, what is a product Change Notice (PCN), Product Discontinuance Notice (PDN) or Obsolescence Management Plant (OMP)
  • Learn about Obsolescence Management and how to apply some strategies when it comes to Obsolescence in your organization.
  • Learn about the reactive and proactive approach.
  • Gain insights when I come’s to tools
  • At the end of the Seminar, after you and your group went through the provided material and through the best practices examples you will receive a certificate of completion.

Akademia: Student or Professor

If you are a professor or a student which is currently doing research or working in this field and want to get involved in the community activities and gather as much information as possible for your project.

 

Please note that proof is also required in order to be accepted as a member.

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