At the COG expo 2013 in Frankenthal, Germany: COG (Component Obsolescence Group) Deutschland e.V. welcomes HIMA as its 100th member

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Radevormwald (Germany), December 16, 2013 - Recently, during the COG expo 2013 in Frankenthal (Germany), the Management Board of COG (Component Obsolescence Group) Deutschland e.V. welcomed HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH + Co KG as its 100th member.

HIMA specializes in the development and manufacture of safety-related automation solutions. HIMA solutions provide maximum safety and maximum availability. Over the last 40 years, more than 33,000 HIMA systems have been installed in over 80 countries, protecting the equipment of the world's largest companies in the oil, gas, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and power generation industries. In the fields of rail, logistics and machine safety, HIMA solutions are leading the way to increased safety.

"Nowadays, in order to continuously further optimize its own processes within the framework of risk management, companies like HIMA are dependant on professional obsolescence management," explained Udo Brestrich, Head of Purchasing and Materials Management at HIMA, the reason for becoming a member of COG Deutschland. He emphasized that it is here not only about more efficient use of existing resources, but above all about seeking possibilities how to fulfil in the best possible way the constantly increasing customer interest in sustainable supply concepts for their equipment, which is designed for a lifetime of 20 or 30 years. "For this reason, at HIMA, we decided to establish a preventive, proactive management system instead of the previous system, which was predominantly a reactive approach to handling the obsolescence problem. COG supports us with valuable contacts and information regarding the further development of our own obsolescence management processes. At the same time, we are pleased to make available our decades of procurement and logistics expertise to COG through active involvement in several COG working groups and interacting with other members of COG," said Udo Brestrich.

"We were obviously very pleased, during the COG expo 2013 in Frankenthal (Germany), to welcome a market-leading company such as HIMA to become our 100th member," said Ulrich Ermel, Chairman of COG Deutschland e.V. The continuous growth in the number of COG members in recent years, and also the extremely positive response from visitors at the COG expo 2013, make it clear how seriously more and more manufacturers of durable goods and their system suppliers now take the intensive discussion regarding the causes and consequences of discontinued products, according to Ulrich Ermel.

At the COG expo, which is held every two years, interested parties are given the opportunity, during only one day, to gather comprehensive information about all facets of reactive and active strategies for the efficient handling of discontinued, manipulated and counterfeit electronic components. This ranges from complex components data banks with integrated forecasts about discontinuance to predictions of future needs for replacement parts using analysis of field data, reliability prognoses and dynamic demand simulation, tools and methods to detect counterfeit and manipulated components, international procurement management and the aftermarket manufacturing of discontinued components through to complete solutions with engineering, rework and electronic manufacturing services.

As before, with the first two events of this kind, the exchange of experience with other industrial companies also affected by obsolescence problems was just as important for most visitors at the COG expo 2013, according to Ulrich Ermel. "Unfortunately, a generally applicable solution for successful obsolescence management still does not exist. Only numerous different approaches to solving the problem, which have to be individually skilfully combined with each other, are available. This is where non-profit organizations such as COG Deutschland, which offer a manufacturer-independent platform for dialog to companies affected by obsolescence problems, help by providing decisive support."
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