Supporting Power Systems Through to Planned Out of Service Dates & Beyond – Obsolescence Management & Procurement Strategy

The Challenge

Our client is responsible for developing and maintaining power systems on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence. These systems have a significant dependency on high reliability electronic components to ensure their safe and continued operation.

The client plays a crucial role in ensuring that the power systems remain supported through to their planned Out of Service Date. In doing so, they face the difficult challenge of sourcing a myriad of electronic components from across the supply chain, many of which are obsolescent or already obsolete. This relentless obsolescence challenge necessitates a robust procurement and obsolescence mitigation process, thus ensuring that essential components and assemblies are readily available for all repair, maintenance and new build activities.

The Solution

The client understood that, to be effective, their Obsolescence Management and procurement strategies needed to be sufficiently robust and forward thinking to address the complete through life support cycle of the hardware and its associated test equipment. The client also recognised the specific challenges of supporting their power systems in excess of 10 years into the future and were therefore keen to develop a bespoke and innovative procurement and engineering management process that would source critical spares in a timely and efficient manner whilst maintaining an overarching objective of reducing their exposure to component obsolescence. Their In-Service Support team were aware of CMCA(UK)’s experience in providing subject matter expertise in the field of Obsolescence Management. Consequently, they commissioned CMCA(UK) to assist them in developing a proactive obsolescence management process that would fully integrate into their existing procurement, engineering and quality assurance framework. The specific activities that CMCA(UK) has developed and are responsible for maintaining include:

  • A tailored version of CMCA(UK)’s COMPaSS tool that monitors component availability and generates a drawing update register for the clients assemblies so that an accurate and up-to-date set of drawings can be issued to the vendors.
  • The purchasing of all components identified during the proactive process, including the generation of a Lifetime Requirement quantity calculation for each component in order to mitigate the risk of future obsolescence.
  • The provision of a Long term Storage facility for all procured components and the issuing of this equipment to the client vendors in accordance with the build and maintenance schedule.

The Benefits

By engaging with CMCA(UK) to provide specialist Obsolescence Management and procurement services, the client realised a number of benefits which also provide added value to the UK Ministry of Defence end user. These include, but are not limited to the following:

  • It has established a robust, repeatable and efficient monitoring, procurement, inspection, storage and issue process for equipment that falls within the power systems proactive programme.
  • The power systems’ build, repair and maintenance vendors are able to view and follow the client’s proactive practices. Furthermore, their responsibilities are clearly defined and every aspect of the requirements, and progress to date, can easily be tracked and reviewed.
  • The power systems proactive end-to-end process delivers increased MoD confidence in our clients ability to manage through life support in a timely and effective manner.

Why Choose CMCA(UK)?

Clients choose CMCA(UK) for many reasons, the most compelling of which are:

We are a company that specialises in Obsolescence Management, Procurement and Long Term Storage solutions. It is our business to provide cost-effective, knowledgeable advice to our clients: after all, our excellent reputation depends on it.

When it comes to Obsolescence Management, we pride ourselves on being innovative and progressive in our quest to develop practical, bespoke solutions.

The client has access to market-leading strategic and tactical Obsolescence Management advice. This allows their In-Service Support team to focus its attention on the plethora of other engineering challenges, safe in the knowledge that obsolescence is being managed by the experts.