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Strategies to the Prediction, Mitigation and Management of Product Obsolescence

Book Description

Supply chains for electronic products are primarily driven by consumer electronics. Every year new mobile phones, computers and gaming consoles are introduced, driving the continued applicability of Moore's law. The semiconductor manufacturing industry is highly dynamic and releases new, better and cheaper products day by day. But what happens to long-field life products like airplanes or ships, which need the same components for decades? How do electronic and also non-electronic systems that need to be manufactured and supported of decades manage to continue operation using parts that were available for a few years at most? This book attempts to answer these questions.

This is the only book on the market that covers obsolescence forecasting methodologies, including forecasting tactics for hardware and software that enable cost-effective proactive product life-cycle management. This book describes how to implement a comprehensive obsolescence management system within diverse companies. Strategies to the Prediction, Mitigation and Management of Product Obsolescence is a must-have work for all professionals in product/project management, sustainment engineering and purchasing.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Contents
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Preface
  6. Chapter 1: Introduction to Obsolescence Problems
    1. 1.1 Definition of Obsolescence
    2. 1.2 Categorization of Obsolescence Types
    3. 1.3 Definition of Obsolescence Management
    4. 1.4 Categorization of Obsolescence Management Approaches
    5. 1.5 Historical Perspective on Obsolescence
    6. 1.6 Occurrence of Obsolescence
    7. 1.7 Product Sectors Affected by Obsolescence Problems
    8. 1.8 Parts Affected by Obsolescence Problems
  7. Chapter 2: Part Change and Discontinuation Management
    1. 2.1 The Change Process
    2. 2.2 Change-Control Policies of Major Part Manufacturers
    3. 2.3 Change-Notification Policies of Major Companies
    4. 2.4 Change-Notification
    5. 2.5 Change-Notification Paths
    6. 2.6 Examples of Common Changes
  8. Chapter 3: Introduction to Electronic Part Product Life Cycles
    1. 3.1 Product Life Cycle Stages
    2. 3.2 Special Cases of the Product Life Cycle Curve
    3. 3.3 Product Life Cycle Stages as a Basis for Forecasting
  9. Chapter 4: Obsolescence Forecasting Methodologies
    1. 4.1 Obsolescence Forecasting—Parts with Evolutionary Parametric Drivers
    2. 4.2 Obsolescence Forecasting—Parts without Evolutionary Parametric Drivers
    3. 4.3 Non-Database Obsolescence Forecasting Methodology
  10. Chapter 5: Case Study Hardware Forecasts and Trends
    1. 5.1 Dynamic RAMs (DRAMs)
    2. 5.2 Static Random Access Memories (SRAMs)
    3. 5.3 Non-Volatile Memories
    4. 5.4 Microprocessors
    5. 5.5 Microcontrollers and Digital Signal Processors (DSPs)
    6. 5.6 Logic Parts
    7. 5.7 Analog Parts
    8. 5.8 Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs)
  11. Chapter 6: Software Obsolescence
    1. 6.1 The Root Causes of Software Obsolescence
    2. 6.2 Software Obsolescence Mechanisms
    3. 6.3 Discussion
  12. Chapter 7: Reactive Obsolescence Management
    1. 7.1 Change and Discontinuance Notifications
    2. 7.2 Obsolescence Recovery (Mitigation) Tactics
    3. 7.3 Selecting the Proper Reactive Obsolescence Management Strategy
    4. 7.4 Reactive Obsolescence Management Checklist
    5. 7.5 Reactive Obsolescence Management Guideline
  13. Chapter 8: Proactive Obsolescence Management
    1. 8.1 Members of the Proactive Obsolescence Management Board
    2. 8.2 Schedule and Milestones
    3. 8.3 Initial Obsolescence Risk Analysis
    4. 8.4 Tracking Parts’ Availability
    5. 8.5 Product Obsolescence and Aftersales
  14. Chapter 9: Strategic Obsolescence Management
    1. 9.1 Applying Project Management Principles to Obsolescence Management
    2. 9.2 Initiation Stage
    3. 9.3 Planning and Design Stage
    4. 9.4 Execution Stage
    5. 9.5 Monitoring and Controlling Stage
    6. 9.6 Strategic Obsolescence Management Guidelines
  15. Chapter 10: Obsolescence Management Standards and Organizations
    1. 10.1 Helpful Standards for Obsolescence Management
    2. 10.2 Helpful Organizations for Obsolescence Management
  16. References
  17. Index