Codification is the process by which a detailed catalogue of everything our Armed Forces use on a daily basis is compiled– in a common and consistent manner. Technical descriptions of every item are stored on a central system along with who makes and supplies it.
The loss or impeding loss of manufactures items or supplier’s items of raw materials. DMSMS is often used as a substitute reference to Obsolescence Management.
End of life is a term used with respect to a product supplied to customers, indicating that the product is in the end of its useful life (from the vendor’s point of view), and a vendor intends to stop marketing, selling, or sustaining it.
ILS is an integrated and iterative process for developing materiel and a support strategy that optimizes functional support, leverages existing resources, and guides the system engineering process to quantify and lower life cycle cost and decrease the logistics footprint (demand for logistics), making the system easier to support.
An interactive Parts Catalogue (IPC) is a fully illustrated digital catalogue of parts that enables users to select and order items online, the main purpose of which is to reduce search time and avoid part order errors.
Inventory Management is crucial for maintaining the optimum number or amount of each inventory item. The objective of inventory management is to provide uninterrupted production, sales, customer service levels at the minimum cost.
Last Time Buy’s are necessary when a product is flagged as obsolescent but still required indefinitely as part of an assembly, so the remaining quantity available is purchased and stored until required.
One strategy used to combat diminishing manufacturing sources whereby the end user will buy additional parts during the production run of an assembly, in quantities sufficient to cover the expected number of failures throughout the life of the equipment.
A line-replaceable item (LRI) or unit (LRU) is an essential support item which is removed and replaced at the field level to restore the end item to an operational ready condition.
Long term nitrogen storage is the storage of components in nitrogen filled cabinets of suitable relative humidity in order to “time-lock” them until they are required. CMCA(UK)’s storage facilities are both EPA and ESD protected.
The NATO Codification System (NCS) is a uniform and common system for the identification, classification and stock numbering of Items of Supply, used by all NATO countries. It is designed to achieve MAXIMUM effectiveness in Logistic support (One Item – One Number)
NSN’s are issued by the National Codification Bureaus’ and consist of a 13 digit number which individually identifies all standardized material items of supply. NSN’s form part of the NCS.
Obsolescence can present itself in two ways; the item in question is no longer suitable for current demands, or is no longer available from the original manufacturer. Obsolescence is not limited to electronic components although they are the most severely affected.
Obsolescence Management Services (OMS) describes the Obsolescence related services provided by an organisation to identify and mitigate obsolescence risk. This will typically cover such aspects as risk identification, component monitoring and BoM health checks.
Putting plans in place to reduce future obsolescence risk. Implementation of a Proactive Obsolescence Management Plan can significantly minimize the impact of obsolescence and its potential high costs.
Proactive Obsolescence Management consists of a robust cycle of planning, monitoring, mitigating and reviewing that is designed to minimise the impact of obsolescence on system support costs and availability, through the early identification and application of appropriate strategies, resources, tools and resolution options.
Procurement Services within CMCA(UK) refers to a global parts sourcing and delivery service for hard to find and obsolete parts on a 'No Find, No Fee' basis. Our team of parts experts are proud of their collective ability to source parts that have eluded others.
QTEC Solutions is a global provider of innovative component obsolescence counterfeit solutions for manufacturers of long life products with significant electronic component content. Their flagship product is the Q-Star Obsolescence Management tool.
It is crucial to identify possible ways to react if obsolescence occurs and a critical part is no longer available. Reactive obsolescence can start with investigating alternative (F3i) and substitute items, securing one-off life-time buys or undertaking a major redesign of a product. Reactive obsolescence can prove very costly which is why it is important to implement an Obsolescence Management Plan (OMP) to mitigate obsolescence threat and reduce through life cost.
Through-Life Support describes the integrated, performance-driven approach and activities associated with supporting a product during the operational phase of that product's lifecycle.
An acronym for X-ray Florescence. XRF is a proven technique for material analysis in a broad range4 of industries and applications; from Positive Materiel Identification, scrap metal sorting, measuring sulphur in oil, analysing coating thickness of metal finishing and metal alloys to quality control in the electronics and consumer goods industry.