Electronica 2012: Tackling component obsolescence
Electronica 2012 will host an Obsolescence Day on November 14 in Munich when COG Deutschland will present management strategies for solving the problems of obsolete components.
The short product life cycles for many consumer products is having its impact on the industrial sector with many semiconductors either increasingly difficult to source or even no longer available after one or two years.
For manufacturers in sectors such as military,aerospace, railway, power plants, automation and medical technology, this can be an additonal cost to the design and manufacturing process which needs to be managed.
“The topic of obsolescence management has become extremely important during recent years,” says Ulrich Ermel, chief executive officer of COG (Component Obsolescence Group) Deutschland.
“In Germany alone the costs caused by obsolete parts that are no longer available on the regular market are in the triple-digit million range, without counting the damage caused by counterfeit parts that are on the market,” says Ermel.
The idea of the Obsolescence Day at electronica 2012 is to raise the awareness to all participants (semiconductor manufacturers, distributors and importantly end users) to this sensitive topic.
“There will never be an absolute protection against obsolescence however, there are many opportunities to minimise the risk. It is for this reason that we would like to offer the rare chance for non-members of COG to attend this Obsolescence Day where comprehensive information about the different aspects of obsolescence will be available for just one day and at one location“, says Ermel.
The non-profit-organisation COG Deutschland has almost 90 members who share information on procedures and co-operate on the development of efficient obsolescence strategies.
The following COG member companies will be taking part in the COG Deutschland Obsolescence Day on November 14. at Electronica 2012:
• EMS provider BMK Group (Hall B1, stand 218) offers the opportunity to have products checked for potential risks of obsolescence using a special questionnaire.
• BuS Elektronik (Hall B1, stand 351) has been working for several years on the optimisation of obsolescence strategies. Problem-solving approaches start with the search for alternative components but also include the development and manufacturing of adapter boards and equivalent circuits.
• Cicor Electronic Solution (Hall A2, stand 207) will demonstrate how their development service offerings support integrated Obsolescence Management that can result in optimized and improved products. They will use specific examples to do this.
• e2v technologies (Hall A5, stand 181) will show their SLiM™ semiconductor lifecycle management program that has been designed for the safe supply of aviation, space and defense programs over the whole system lifecycle.
• HTV (Hall A4, stand 234) has been researching for more than 10 years in the field of “life-support” of electronic parts. They offer a testing institution and analytical expert services via the so-called HTV-TAB procedure (which is unique in the world. This enables users to plan for up to 50 years long-term storage of components.
• IHS Global (Hall A6, stand 508) presents the products CAPS Universe and Comet as a leading global provider of technical information. They will bring practical examples to demonstrate the tools.
• Kamaka Electronic Bauelemente (Hall A5, stand 166) offers a multitude of services for the protection against obsolescence. These include Last Time Buy, EOL- and PCN-Services, Process Porting and Device Replication. An important new product is the Anti-Counterfeiting Program which ensures traceability of the goods delivered.
• Municom (Hall A5, stand 114). In addition to the distribution of high-frequency and optoelectronics components the procurement of obsolete and hard to get semiconductors are of special importance. The company has been the distributor of Rochester Electronics for more than 20 years in the German-speaking world.
• The Latvian company RD Alpha Microelectronics (Hall A5, stand 166) was founded in 1962). They will use the day to inform attendees about their analog and analog-digital modules. These parts are available and supported for long life programmes.
• Rochester Electronics (Hall A5, stand 120) is a leading global provider of discontinued semiconductors. The company is authorised by more than 60 semiconductor manufacturers to take over discontinued products from original equipment manufacturers. Rochester has access to wafer/die, manufacturer-IP, production systems, test programs etc. and continue device production when needed.
• Serma (Hall A6, stand 216) is a group of companies offering various reactive obsolescence services via several affiliated companies. Focal points are among others development services in the field of PCB and ASIC-design and their own IC-testing facility which is available to other companies.
• SILICA (Hall A4, stand 175) is a pan-European semiconductor distributor of the Avnet group. They offer a wide range of semiconductors with corresponding technical support, including logistics and supply chain management services.
• TQ–Systems (Hall A6, stand 307) is an EMS-provider, in addition to development and manufacturing services they also offer comprehensive obsolescence management, starting from the concept phase and including series production and the supply of spare parts.
• Würth Elektronik eiSos (Hall B6, stand 404), is a European manufacturer of passive components that supports among others the SMART PCN standards recommended by COG Deutschland for the standardization of product change notifications.