Obsolescence, this word that is heard everywhere and makes the maintenance managers shudder.

Obsolescence is managed, it is managed, it requires a plan of action. But all too often, because of a lack of human or financial means, we simply prefer to forget it and wait for the moment when a problem will occur.

PLSWISS offers you complete support on the electronic part of your production tools. We are specialists in obsolescence.

But let's start again. Obsolescence is managed. But how ? In various ways depending on the strategy implemented :

Modernization strategy
Strategy for strengthening strategic stocks
Investment strategy in a new model or a new machine
Waiting strategy

The modernization strategy

It consists, when the manufacturer of the machine informs us of the stop of manufacture of one of the equipments, to migrate his system partially or entirely towards a new range of distributed products. Thus the user eliminates any sign of obsolescence of his system.

Strategy for strengthening strategic stocks

It consists in creating or reinforcing its stocks on components that are determined to be obsolete and sensitive. Thus, this allows the user of the machine to increase the life of his production tool by minimizing the risks of a prolonged production stoppage.

Investment strategy

It consists in saying that new machines exist and will bring a gain in productivity, financial over the long term compared to the existing machine. This requires a relatively large budget that must be planned well in advance.

Waiting strategy

It consists in doing nothing, bet on luck, the good maintenance of his machine while being aware that it has outdated elements. The benefit of this strategy is mainly financial because it does not require any investment. However, the risk is increased of being faced with a prolonged stop of production to see without solution in certain cases with specific machines.

So the basis of obsolescence management is to define a clear strategy.

If we now focus on manufacturers wishing to master the obsolescence of their machines without creating heavy investments (purchase of a new machine or modernization of elements), then it is necessary to follow a plan that we could break down as follows :

1. List all the electronic equipment of the machine
2. Establish the state of each product in its life cycle (Active, in stop phase, obsolete)
3. Inquire about services and availability of equipment defined as obsolete
4. Act by implementing an obsolescence management strategy

1. List all the electronic equipment of the machine

This approach is the basis. It will make it possible to constitute a catalog of products which you own. Unfortunately, many industries do not find the time to build this important base. We can do it for you. But you will also find in many cases via the nomenclatures of your machines the work already done.

2. Establish the status of each product in its life cycle (Active, in stop phase, obsolete)

This step is performed to create a reduced list of products to focus on. Indeed it is useless to order all duplicate parts especially if some are still considered active.

3. Inquire about services and availability of equipment defined as obsolete

This approach is more than necessary because it will bring you a real alternative vision to that of the manufacturer of the machine or manufacturer of the product which will have as answer only "Material obsolete, you must migrate towards the product successor". PLSWISS has a large stock of mainly obsolete parts. Then we will be able to characterize the criticality of each of the equipment in its obsolescence: a piece available on a market in limited quantity (1 to 3 pieces) does not seem to me as critical as another piece available to hundreds of copies. So we will further reduce the list to the most sensitive parts for you in the obsolescence market.

4. Act by implementing an obsolescence management strategy

Finally, when this work has been done, all you have to do is compare this reduced list of equipment with your inventory to focus only on the quantitative weak points.

After several solutions are available to you :

Order the equipment for placing in stock
Create an outsourced inventory management contract
Stay with the existing stock without creating additional investments
Start over a basic strategy by choosing to invest in a modernization or the purchase of a new machine
We carry out small- and large-scale obsolescence studies on industries of all sizes and in large groups. Regarding groups, the usefulness of setting up these obsolescence studies makes it possible to create a multi-site catalog.

PLSWISS will allow you by setting up this obsolescence study to bring you a vision and alternative solutions to what exists.