Many highly innovative electronic components such as microcontrollers, memory ICs and displays are these days often only available for one or two years after production before they are replaced by the next more powerful generation of products. However, it’s not only this development that is increasingly causing problems for manufacturing companies from the automotive, aerospace, military, railway, power station, medicine, and automation technology sectors, which sometimes have to stock spare parts for their products for up to 20 years or more. Company acquisitions, environmental requirements and unforeseeable events, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, demonstrate time and again how fragile the supposedly secure international supply chains can be.
But how can we minimize these obsolescence risks for companies? What options are there for protecting yourself from potentially serious financial consequences if components are suddenly not available or software programs are no longer supported by a manufacturer?
Visitors to electronica 2020 will receive answers to these questions and more on the first day of the trade show as part of the Obsolescence Day organized by COGD (Component Obsolescence Group Deutschland) e.V. in cooperation with Messe München. Members of the COGD will be at their exhibitor stands all day, providing interested parties information about their own tried-and-tested obsolescence management systems. Following that, in the afternoon, an obsolescence forum will be held in hall B3, offering attendees the rare opportunity to find out first-hand about the latest trends, some particularly efficient preventative strategies, and helpful software tools, in over half a dozen expert lectures.