OEMs can regularly encounter problems with critical components when they discover that these are no longer available.
Critical components may be required for an imminent assembly job for which inventory and/or WIP is already building up and, to make matters worse, too often they only find out about the component obsolescence issue when it is too late.
It's a fact that every electronic component will eventually reach the end of its production (known as end-of-life or EOL). For electronics OEMs, obsolete components therefore equate to a significant risk, which is why effective obsolescence management is essential.
We subscribe to various on-line databases that give up-to-date information on the lifecycle status of electronic components.
In addition to electronic component risk assessments, we use proven component obsolescence strategies to improve end product lifecycle. For example, our centralised component obsolescence notification system allows us to continually monitor component obsolescence status to deliver early warnings to your product design team. That way you can avoid the pitfalls of obsolete electronic components from the outset.
By working closely with the component manufacturers and/or their key franchised partners, we can advise on a components' obsolescence status. Understanding when a device is 'not recommended for new designs' (NRND) or 'end of life' (EOL) or 'obsolete' is critical to enable procurement strategies to be developed and actioned.
If a component obsolescence issue cannot be avoided; our experienced team will investigate alternative devices or approaches and discuss the options available with you.