Designed to help you understand the jargon and decipher the acronyms.
CMCA(UK) Glossary of Terms
Bill of materials is a list of the parts or components that are required to build a product.
BoM Health Check
A BoM (bill of materials) health check determines the current status of a component or the availability of required parts i.e. current, obsolescent or obsolete.
BoM scrubbing is a key service that guarantees ordered part accuracy to ensure that the correct components are monitored.
BS EN 62402
BS EN 62402 is the British Standard version of the Obsolescence Management application guide.
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.
COMPASS is the CMCA(UK) proprietary Obsolescence Management Tool
Component analysis is a statistical technique for revealing hidden factors that underline sets of random variables, measurements or signals.
Component monitoring is the monitoring of items, components, substances and chemicals current availability and impending obsolescence.
Counterfeit prevention is the process of identifying and screening hardware solutions to avoid introducing fraudulent or imitation components into the supply chain.
Data cleansing is the process of detecting corrupt or inaccurate records for a component or part and then finding the original source for that component or part if it still exists.
Diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages (DMSMS)
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 (EOL)
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.
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the sudden flow of electricity between two electrically charged objects caused by contact, an electrical short or dielectric breakdown.
ESD protection is the prevention and control of electrostatic discharge.
Fit Form Function (F3i)
The term fit form and function is the identification of an items key identifying characteristics.
Humidity control is the control of the water vapour in the air.
IEC62402 is the international standard guide for obsolescence management.
Integrated Logistics Support (ILS)
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.
Interactive Parts Catalogues (IPC)
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 (LTB)
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.
Life Time Buy
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.
Line Replaceable Item/ Unit
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
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.
NAMSA is the acronym for NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency.
NATO Codification System (NCS)
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)
NATO Stock Number (NSN)
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.
NCB NCB is an acronym for the National Codification Bureau. In the UK the NATO Codification System is run by the UKNCB in Glasgow.