Obsolescence management

Obsolescence is not an option

Each product or component has its intrinsic life cycle. The products are developed, optimized, scaled-up, followed-up and, eventually, they will be outdated by a new technology, or not be commercially viable or no longer permitted by environmental policies & restrictions.

This is especially true in the (power) electronics business, where components are highly sensitive to the factors mentioned above.

It is important to acknowledge and manage this fact to ensure the continuity of the functionalities provided by the products purchased by our end-users for a typical life time of 30 to 50 years.

The cost impact of an obsolete product may be high for the end-user if not anticipated, mostly if re-design and loss of production are involved.

At JEMA SA, we continuously apply 3 main measures to control the obsolescence of the components used in our products:

  1. Design with long term availability parts
    One of the selection criteria of our components is its long term availability in the very early stages of the design of the final product.

  2. Efficient Spare & Wear Parts List
    When a product is essential for a continuous or a critical process, which is always the case for our products, we always advise the procurement of spare parts of the critical components; firstly to avoid loss of production in case of breakdown and secondly to safeguard against the obsolescence of parts that may involve a redesign.

    Therefore, after the Bill Of Material (BOM) is established in the course of a project's development, we submit a detailed spare & wear part list, which is an extract of the full BOM, with priorities and standard delivery lead times and a distinction between spare and wear parts.

    In this way, our end-users can make appropriate decisions and take appropriate measures in line with their long term operational strategies.

  3. Fast reaction to EOL notifications and support

    Helped by our Document Management System, which traces the maturity of the project, the product documents and by the automated notifications, we closely monitor the product change notifications (PCNs) and end-of-life (EOL) notifications of our suppliers.

    We immediately notify our clients and end-users about the potential impact those notifications may have on their product.

    Next we discuss with our client the best strategy to overcome the issue: the need to foresee a redesign, make a last time buy, or other solutions.

Control controlled

Indeed, the embedded intelligence and control of our products is made in-house, and most of the hardware components are standard market parts, or if not, are made by JEMA SA.

So, for the controller, no issue, we control.

To date we have always found a solution for our clients, as immediately as possible.

This service and continuity is part of JEMA SA's renown.

This is why our clients choose JEMA SA.