Would not it be easier to co-operate with a supplier that has committed itself to maintaining its availability indefinitely?
There has been enough advice on managing obsolescence and obsolescence or end-of-life, and has been a hot topic of discussion in recent years. We all know that these critical events can be significant procurement challenges, including the continuity of manufacturing, quality, cost management and support: not to mention the future maintenance costs.
Especially in devices and systems with a life cycle of more than ten years, experts assume that up to 50 percent of the total product cycle costs are now caused by direct or indirect obsolescence effects.
When selecting a device exchange based on the original system design as well as customer requirements such as cost and time, or function and environment parameters, there are typically limitations. Also, there may be problems with industry certifications, matching components for identical drop-in capability, and delivery problems during the product life cycle.
When EOL events occur, we are often discussing how collaboration across the supply chain can turn the procurement, replacement, or design challenges into a problem. This is true. Partnerships between end-product manufacturers, original component manufacturers and distributors can lead to appropriate short-term supply chain options for the device running EOL. Sales partners can also stand in line with retrofit and replacement solutions.
Through components with shorter life cycles and beyond, we read how the interruption of the production of materials, components and devices is a part of everyday production. The industry knows that every material, product and technology has a life cycle. As product demand falls to smaller volumes, it becomes unprofitable to continue producing a specific part or series, is only a matter of time before the manufacturer discontinues the production of a part.
In order to minimize the impact of the inevitable product break-up and that OEMs have to strategically plan for an EOL event to keep their own production lines in operation, we need to find solutions.
The counterfeiting is a major problem in the electronics world that is only exacerbated by EOL events, we also know. Today even less demanding, more costly parts are falsified. To ensure product quality is working with an authorized supplier with a proven product authenticity and traceability to the original manufacturer is required, procurement professionals also understand.
Unfortunately, what we are not talking about, end -of-life. The partnership with a specialist for the procurement of obsolete components and original component manufacturers, which has no obsolescence policy, is the most suitable solution for CEMs and OEMs. Component manufacturers who have made these promises to their customers are few, but some have committed themselves to doing so.
As an obsolescence specialist, Karl Kruse GmbH & Co KG has been working on the optimization of obsolescence strategies for many years. Solution approaches are in focus, starting with the research of alternative components, 100% traceability of the components, as well as protection against obsolescence such as EOL and PCN services and last time buy etc.
Alternative components are offered by Karl Kruse of various manufacturers and is also an authorized distributor for Calogic, Etron, Orion fans and others.
Calogic offers a range of reliable and long-lasting standard replacement diodes, JFETS and MOSFETs. Just the canceled JFETS from Vishay / Siliconix, are available from Calogic. Calogic designs and manufactures discrete and analog ICs for the use of automotive, automation, computers, instrumentation, medical applications, power management, transportation and telecommunications and others.
“We have been able to find an alternative to the NXP MOSFET BSS83, which has been discontinued, and have been able to qualify them for their OEMs in the automotive and industrial industries “says Klaus Kruse.
Etron and Alliance Memory offer DRAMs and SDRAMs storage solutions for industrial, automotive, medical and consumer areas.
Exhibitor: Karl Kruse GmbH + Co. KG