With a robust obsolescence plan or strategy in place obsolescence can be managed early and addressed methodically, it can provide significant through life savings and with the recent publicity regarding cuts in UK defence equipment costs this is an area that is welcomed with open arms as Obsolescence has a particularly major impact on the supportability and through life costs of equipment. Darren Topley, CMCA(UK) Obsolescence Strategy Advisor explains:
“As a company that specialises in all aspects of obsolescence management, CMCA(UK) live and breathe the subject matter on a daily basis and we’re always looking for innovative ways to help our clients overcome the challenge. We’re also ideally positioned to observe the impact of obsolescence in situations where processes and resources are inadequate or ineffective in managing the risk.”
Effective proactive obsolescence management consists of an holistic 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. It’s increasingly important for any organisation involved in the manufacture and support of equipment to understand their product through life cost drivers. The impact of obsolescence on cost is particularly acute for equipments that are technology dependent, complex in nature or have an operational lifecycle in excess of 8 years. Not only does effective obsolescence management help to reduce through life costs, it can also be the deciding factor in maintaining a competitive edge. Further, developing an obsolescence management strategy and plan will help a company to identify many of its obsolescence drivers and will provide the necessary information and options to mitigate the risks in a timely and efficient manner. For this reason proactive Obsolescence Management should be viewed as an essential health insurance policy and readers should note that its impact extends across most industries.
Currently CMCA(UK) is developing obsolescence management plans and mitigating obsolescence issues for a very diverse portfolio of clients across many sectors including defence, security, tobacco, pharmaceutical and oil & gas. All of these industries have a common problem in needing to quickly resolve increasing instances of obsolescent or obsolete items. Furthermore, many organisations do not have the resources or knowledge to manage obsolescence and therefore prefer to employ the expertise of a Subject Matter Expert. Here at CMCA(UK) we are specialists in developing obsolescence management frameworks that encompass all aspects of planning, monitoring and resolution. We’ve also developed an obsolescence management ‘one stop shop’ called ATOM that aims to provide a fully integrated obsolescence management service at all levels which has enjoyed a very warm reception both from existing and new clients. But we’re not standing still! We’re also delivering and developing a whole raft of services that we see as complementary to obsolescence management such as direct procurement, long term storage and tools that can monitor and track key obsolescence concerns such as REACH etc.
Our goal is always to help our clients to see the bigger picture so they can react in a timely manner; If we succeed then they succeed…..