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Why does component obsolescence happen?

An electronic component becomes obsolete when it is no longer available from the original manufacturer to the original specification. It can cause major headaches because electronics are often designed to require that specific component.

The rate of component obsolescence keeps pace with the pace of technological advancement. Key components can quickly become obsolete – they are announced as being at the ‘end-of-life’ (EOL), meaning they will no longer be produced to that specification.

Obsolescence management must become a key part of supply chain management for manufacturers, to ensure they are not caught out by a sudden EOL announcement.

How Best to Combat Obsolescence?

Here at Rebound Electronics we have invested heavily in a deep spread of supply worldwide to support our clients with new sources and availability without compromising our quality deliverables.

In 2019 we created a new Asia focussed authorised line card focusing specifically on lesser-known Chinese and Taiwanese brands. Our line card offers a broad technology mix covering a wide range of applications. It is designed to offer our clients more cost-effective alternatives to tier 1 brands which are now under lead time pressure as well as offering a viable alternative on our customers AVL with the advent of aggressive obsolescence from major Manufacturers.

Obsolescence Strategy

By researching the cause, understanding the impact, and constructing reliable solutions clients can minimise the impact of component obsolescence. Partnering with the right data driven hybrid distributor in support of this is key.

Component Roadmap/ BOM Analysis

Centralised Data Management

Leverage Goods Demand Forecasting

Align With a Trusted Partner

Rebound’s Obsolescence Strategy

7

global purchasing offices

200

direct manufacturer relationships

1000

Accounts with franchised distributors & agents

60

dedicated purchasing professionals

350+

Employees Worldwide

20000

SQ. FT UK DISTRIBUTION HUB AND CLIMATE CONTROLLED ENHANCED INSPECTION & STORAGE FACILITY

20

«BOM Scrub» Component Roadmap Data Analysts

5

Qualified Reverse Engineering Specialists

16000

Sq. ft European distribution hub and enhanced inspection facility

6000

Sq. ft Asia distribution hub and enhanced inspection facility

The Group

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Local Enhanced Inspection

To ensure we meet the standards you and the industry, expects. State of the art In-house inspection equipment, consisting of; Creative Electron Prime X-Ray System, Abi Sentry Counterfeit IC Detector, Keyence VHX-5000 Series microscope & a baking oven

QA & Certification

Die Aufrechterhaltung der Integrität der Lieferkette ist für uns von größter Bedeutung. Wir unterstützen dies mit branchenführenden Qualitätskontrollen und Zertifizierungen.

Facilities

Wir arbeiten ständig daran, unsere globale Reichweite auszubauen, um sicherzustellen, dass wir immer dort sind, wo Sie uns brauchen.

Quality

Sorgfältig ausgewählte Lieferanten, anspruchsvolle Qualitätskontrollen und Branchenzertifizierungen stellen sicher, dass Sie mit Vertrauen bei uns einkaufen können.

Rebound can support your obsolescence strategy

You can contact us using the below form to find out how we can support your obsolescence strategy.  Alternatively email enquiries@reboundeu.com or call +44(0)1635555999.

Component obsolescence FAQS

An electronic component becomes obsolete when it is no longer available from the original manufacturer to the original specification. It can cause major headaches because electronics are often designed to require that specific component.

The rate of component obsolescence keeps pace with the pace of technological advancement. Key components can quickly become obsolete – they are announced as being at the ‘end-of-life’ (EOL), meaning they will no longer be produced to that specification.

While you can’t prevent component obsolescence, the sooner you know it is happening, the better, as it allows you more time to make the necessary changes.

If the component is critical to your product, you may have to redesign it so that it no longer uses the obsolete part or find an alternative component that is available to replace it in the current design. You will also need to make sure you have enough of the component to complete any orders you have already taken if a redesign is not possible.