15 COG member companies advise the best measures to combat obsolescence at electronica 2016

Industry association COG Germany announces 3rd Obsolescence Day on 10 November

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The increasingly shorter life cycles of products for certain consumer sectors (for smartphones and tablets as low as six to twelve months) seriously influences the availability of even the most innovative electronic components. More and more producers of durable goods from the sectors automatization, automotive, railway, power station, medicine or military technology, which depend on a secured provision with electronic spare parts even for decades, have to cope with the fact that these parts are hardly or not at all available after a relatively short period. However, a careful and forward thinking strategy may help to minimize, or ideally even eliminate, many typical obsolescence risks.

Which obsolescence strategies turned out best in practice will be explained by experts of the Component Obsolescence Group (COG) Deutschland e.V. to interested purchasers, developers, project managers and obsolescence managers on Thursday, the 10th of November during the 3rd Obsolescence Day taking place at electronica 2016 in Munich.

Two lectures will be the focus of the action day on November 10th. At the exhibitor forum in hall B5, booth 343, the COG members Dr. Wolfgang Heinbach (pcn global) and Axel Wagner (Würth Elektronik eiSos) will present the smartPCN-standard 2.0 at 12.30 pm, a revolutionary tool developed by a COG working group, which guarantees a drastic reduction of manual efforts when working with Product Change Notifications (PCN) of all kinds. The innovative XML-based machine-readable smartPCN communication format has a universal and flexible structure thus allowing profound automated handling of change notifications over the entire supply chain.

Increasing obsolescence risks in complex network structures will be the topic of the lecture “Industrial loT / Industry 4.0 – Risk assessment of smart factories” held by the COG chairman Ulrich Ermel, taking place at 14.20 pm at the entrance area west (EW.312) of the exhibition.

Companies and individuals can obtain detailed information at first hand at the booths of 15 COG member companies on various pro and reactive obsolescence strategies in the course of the Obsolescence Days.

• Bebro electronic (hall B4, booth 409), a service provider for the production of electronic and mechatronic components, for example, maintains and classifies all components needed for a certain product in a master data list for an active obsolescence management, and subsequently compares the data with the regular discontinuance notifications given by the producers, the so-called Product Discontinuance Notifications (PDN). Additionally, if required, a preview monitoring takes place at intervals of 6, 12 and 24 months. The intervals depend on the classification of the presently more than 15,000 components specified in the master data list. The classification occurs according to technology, age of components, producer or type of component thus reducing the risks of subsequent components obsolescence considerably.

• The BMK Group (hall B4, booth 327) proactively supports customers in all aspects concerning obsolescence management, starting from information management such as checking bills of material, change notifications, selection of components and cooperation with further service providers via coverage of components such as LTB/EOL actions, long-term storage and alternative components management up to component solutions such as “cannibalization” of returns, redesigns or product innovations. Apart from standard solutions also individual customer-specific solutions are offered. During the Obsolescence Day the interested public can view a demonstration of the BMK PCN manager.

• Cicor (hall C4, booth 105) offers, apart from its standard reactive obsolescence management, also complete customer-specific proactive and strategic obsolescence management packages. The Cicor team supports their customers not only at the choice of suitable components for long-term use in new and existing products, but also for redesigns or complete innovations. Apart from the technical aspects concerning the reliability of supply over a determined period of time project management as well as cost and financial planning for the entire life-cycle of a product is included in a common product road map. Thus the life cycle management is predictable as far as future costs for the customer are concerned.

• COG (Component Obsolescence Group) Deutschland e.V. (hall A6, booth 531) provides detailed information for visitors on ideas, concepts and support for intelligent avoidance and efficient handling of arising product discontinuances. Pragmatic best practices solutions are in the focus, resulting from intense exchange of experience among the member companies.

• Converge (Halle A4, Stand 228), a wholly owned subsidiary of Arrow Electronics, specializes in global sourcing for shortage, obsolete, hard-to-find, and end-of-life components and materials. Converge's international offers a quick and effective provision of source-constrained components before a shortage or obsolescence critically affects the customer's production line. Converge facilities are AS6081, AS9120, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ESD certified and connected by a proprietary IT system.

• DMB Technics (hall A3, booth 331) especially carefully watches long-term availability of critical components as producer of customer-specific display indications and systems, which are offered as touch panel or with control electronics, various interfaces or other electronic and mechanical functions. In case of a discontinuance notification customers are given the opportunity of coverage with remaining stock, long-term stock as well as subsequent development of a compatible alternative.

• As one of the worldwide leaders concerning the sections test, component programming, long-time conservation and storage as well as analysis of electronic components HTV Halbleiter-Test & Vertriebs-GmbH (hall A 4, booth 252) has developed the HTV-TAB®-method (thermal-absorptive gas admission), a unique process to secure the long-term availability of electronic components with the required quality for decades as part of its future-oriented obsolescence strategy. Electronic parts and components can be stored for up to 50 years and even more, by reducing the relevant physical and chemical ageing processes.  Thus the inter-metallic growth of phases (diffusion processes) on chip level and connection pin are reduced drastically. In order to control the danger of tin pest, HTV has developed special processes. With an usual nitrogen storage the oxidation is avoided only partly, without stopping any ageing process. Thus, nitrogen storage makes sense for one or two years only, in contrast to the TAB®- process.

• IHS (hall A4, booth 417) offers comprehensive solutions for investigation and management of electronic components and part lists. More than 500 million components are presently listed in the IHS data base. At the electronica IHS presents, among other things, their new BOM management software IHS BOM Intelligence, solutions for the integration of data in PLM and ERP systems as well as potential uses of IHS data for distributors and producers.

• Kamaka Electronic Bauelemente Vertrieb (hall A4, booth 135) offers a variety of pro and reactive measures against obsolescence, from special long lifetime programs, second and third source lists, bare die banking and packaging solutions over last time buy, process porting and device replication, component up-screening, longtime storage, re-manufacturing and reverse engineering up to special quality tests, e.g. chemical opening for bare die inspection, x-ray tests or electronic tests according to data sheet at different ambient conditions.

• COG member Neways Electronics/BuS Elektronik (hall B4, booth 531) provides an internal obsolescence management in three phases: reactive by continuous supervision of component specifications giving information to customers about component changes and component discontinuance, proactive by risk analysis of the customer part lists according to availability and strategic by risk analysis starting at product design within the Neways developing services.

• pcn.global / D+D+M Daten-und Dokumentations-Management (hall A6, booth 531) provides PCNs in a new smartPCN format developed by COG. Since the beginning of this year pcn global has transferred more than 3,800 PCNs from more than 200 different producers totaling more than 180,000 components to the machine-readable smartPCN format for their customers. Additionally pcn cockpit was developed, an easy to use management system for administration and control of PCNs and the relevant processes. Apart from the automated integration of all data and documents it provides an efficient and quick PCN processing through workflows by including all relevant departments and contact persons. Moreover, status reports for PCN and actions can be produced. A further important module contains the evaluation and processing of PCNs via BOM (bill of materials), which automatically filters the PCNs concerning the relevant part and component numbers.

• RoodMicrotec (hall A5, booth 101) presents various visual, electrical, chemical and mechanical test methods for active, passive, opto-electronic and electro-mechanical components. Supported by the offered services, the possible applications of parts can be analyzed, if origin and storage cannot be retraced exactly.

• Steca Elektronik (hall B4, booth 266) presents its comprising possibilities for smart obsolescence management at the electronica in the frame of providing developments and production services. For Steca obsolescence management even starts during the development phase, in which risky components are tested for their long-time availability at an early stage. In serial production incoming PCNs'/PDNs are selected in a clearly structured and proven process for their relevance and transmitted individually to the customer. Subsequently a common strategy for further action can be worked out.

• Rochester Electronics (hall A5, booth 120) acts as worldwide leader and reproducer of discontinued semi-conductor ICs. Being authorized by more than 60 semi-conductor producers, among which are AMD, ADI, Fairchild, Freescale, Infineon, Intel, Intersil and TI, Rochester takes over their discontinued products including Wafer/Die, producer-IP, production units, test programs and so on, thus securing the long-time provision of semi-conductor components for industry sectors that have to offer and support long-term product lives.

• Visitors of the electronica can obtain information on all aspects of a modern obsolescence management at the experts of the electronic provider and embedded specialist TQ-Group (hall A6, booth 307). Basically all obsolescence services provided by TQ can be obtained both as individual service as well as in combination with other services and products. The service offered ranges from stock list analysis to control of endangered components, redesigns, audits and workshops up to long-time storage in nitrogen. The modular obsolescence management strategy developed by the TQ group protects products against unexpected obsolescence, expensive redesigns and cost-intensive broker ware from insecure sources.

• Würth Elektronik eiSos (hall B6, booth 404), a leading producer of electronic and electro-mechanical components, lays special emphasis on long product cycles. On the occasion of the Obsolescence Day visitors will be informed, among other things, about the advantages of the smartPCN 2.0 standards supported by Würth Elektronik eiSos, aiming at standardization and simplified communication of product change notifications.

“The engagement of our members being present at the electronica 2016 convincingly documents that numerous pro and reactive measures have been developed, protecting companies effectively against obsolescence and the subsequent and often costly consequences. Nevertheless, there is no reason for us as non-profit association to be satisfied with the achievements reached so far, considering the fact that the troublesome obsolescence situation will change for the worse by Industry 4.0 respectively Industrial loT in the years to come. With our 3rd Obsolescence Day we would like to inspire producers of components, distributors and industrial customers to deal with this critical topic even more intensely in future times as well as to commonly approach new solutions,” said Ulrich Ermel, Chairman of COG Deutschland.

Please find further detailed information concerning the Obsolescence Day 2016 as well as COG's activities on our association's homepage at www.cog-d.de.
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