FOM2015 Speakers and Topics

Tyler Moore, Director at Arrow Supply Assurance

The future of obsolescence management requires a new mindset of early prevention, rather than chasing a cure. It must be sponsored by senior management and bolstered by a robust risk and financial management approach.

Request Presentation

Rob Picken, Director for Sales, EMEA at SiliconExpert Technologies

The Elephant in the Room: Brain Drain, Offshoring, and Redundancy. Often neglected as a simple fact of life, loss of knowledge, capability and staffing has always been a pressure within the electronics industry. However with increasing reliance on a truly global supply chain involving low-cost-economies, what does the future hold? How big is the problem, what is causing the uncertainty and how can we cope?

Request Presentation

Philippe Barret, Lead Engineer at SERMA Technologies

Despite being a good solution, sourcing electronic components from the open market should be treated with caution. Extensive, rapid, and cost-efficient quality testing is one good way to decrease the risk level in the supply chain. A broad knowledge of electronic components’ technology and manufacturing, together with long-term experience with obsolete component testing undoubtedly facilitates the process. If testing is widely used, not only by large, but also by small and medium electronic industrial companies, the overall electronic production will be very secure and immune to counterfeit.

Request Presentation

Stefan Studerus, Manager Master Data Management and Global Component Engineering at Enics

Obsolescence management is not affecting only components. The manufacturability and testability of the whole product must be secured as well; otherwise the components themselves are useless. There are several solutions to this challenge. However, one common recommendation is to include obsolescence requirements from the very beginning of the product lifecycle management – rather than wait until there is an issue with the product. In consequence, obsolescence management demands clear delineation of responsibilities and should be part of the company strategy and its risk management. The EMS partners can provide tailor-made obsolescence management concepts and services so that their (early) involvement is a success factor for fulfilling long-term obligations regarding the products’ life span.

Request Presentation

Florent Capoulade, Procurement Manager at Airbus

The aerospace industry develops products with remarkably long lifecycles. For example, the Airbus A320 originally designed in the 1980s with an expected lifetime of 20 years, has been in service more than 60 years due to the incremental development policy at Airbus. Despite periodic redesigns introduced, lifecycles remain long (typically 15 years). For this reason, Airbus seriously considers obsolescence management by introducing strict requirements for its component providers. Moreover, at Airbus it is believed that besides preparing appropriate containment action plans, it is very important for manufacturers to enter into a real preventive mode when tackling obsolescence management. As a consequence, sound relationships between the different stakeholders based on best practices are necessary. This includes full traceability of the parts on order to prevent counterfeiting.

Request Presentation

Dr. Phil Zulueta, Chairman Emeritus at SAE

Counterfeit electronic parts continue to present threats to the safety and reliability of the assemblies and products that incorporate them. A survey of the industrial supply chain conducted in 2007 showed that no element in the supply chain remains unaffected by the proliferation of counterfeit parts, and unfortunately, the problem continues to this day. The G-19 Committee of SAE International has released and continues to develop a series of standards to mitigate the risk of counterfeit electronic parts in the electronics supply chain. These standards, based on industry best practices, supplement existing Quality Management Systems standards and provide the opportunity for organizations to seek combined or integrated certifications by accredited certification bodies. Organizations that have successfully achieved certification have reported significant operational and financial benefits.

Request Presentation