FOM2016 Speakers and Topics

Tyler Moore, Director at Arrow Supply Assurance

Aerospace and defence and industrial companies experience a variety of component supply challenges daily. Companies that are subjected to these conditions have to decide where and when they can take control by managing risk better. For decades, companies in the transportation sector have successfully navigated these challenges by owning and being responsible for mitigating obsolescence risk. This talk explored how this works, and the lessons that we can learn together.

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Stuart Broadbent, Obsolescence Director at Alstom Transport

This session explored the changes that the rail industry needs to make in order to sustain COTS systems for the 30- to 40-year lifecycle (or more) still expected by the asset owners and operators.

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Ludwig Hiebl, Head Component Engineer at Zollner

This presentation reviewed why strong supplier-customer partnerships are the cornerstones of obsolescence management for EMSs. It also focused on best practices for an efficient component lifecycle analysis and how the quality of the manufacturer part numbers (MPNs) can be an important key to data management.

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Jurgen Lauter, CEO at Elektrotechnik Lauter GmbH

Often risk is seen as absolute and totally black and white. Whether an aspect of the supply chain is a risk, or it isn’t; often there is no middle ground. In reality though, experience dictates that risk should be measured in varying degrees, relative to the experience and perspective of the practitioner. How can we use the experience that we have to move our obsolescence work from reactive to strategic, and what opportunities will this present for us in the future?

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Lorenzo Carbonini, Head of Components & SW Standardisation at Leonardo-Finmeccanica S.p.A.

There has never been a more active time in history for the generation and imposition of environmental compliance protocols. Historically obsolescence was driven by technology development; today it is influenced more heavily by RoHS, REACH and a plethora of new and evolving regulations, whilst the risk of export control rules is becoming similar to that of unsolvable obsolescence. As these regulations become more onerous and far reaching, how does our approach in a high-reliability industry need to evolve to ensure that obsolescence management remains effective as well as practical?

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Marjan Jozic, Development Manager at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

In the aviation industry OEMs and MROs are in a competition for the survival of the fittest. MROs are in the grip of the octopus. The OEM tentacles are strong. Each OEM tentacle could strangle the MRO shop, but they do not want to do that because the MROs are still bringing cash to the octopus. One of those tentacles is obsolescence – the topic of this presentation.

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