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Legacy Assurance vs. Just in Time (JIT) Procurement

By GDCA | May 10, 2018

Innovative ways of thinking are tantamount to making changes in procedural methods. Just in Time (JIT) procurement for acquiring EOL’d embedded boards is often not an option for Legacy Equipment Manufacturing (LEM). Once an EOL notice has been issued and the parts for your system are no longer in production you’ll want to know the […]

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What is Obsolescence Management?

By GDCA | April 12, 2018
Obsolescence Management Obsolete Computer

Obsolescence Management takes into account the life span of all the moving pieces of your complex system with a plan to replace obsolete parts as they age, before it becomes a crisis. This is not a simple process. Challenges include parts availability, diminishing materials, counterfeit avoidance and knowing where to look to find what you […]

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GDCA: Pioneers in Proactive Obsolescence Management

By GDCA | March 13, 2018

GDCA’s unique approach to manufacturing is driving the future of the Legacy electronics industry. We work together with our OEM partners to provide our customers with proactive obsolescence management and remanufacturing for commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products. Scrambling for parts should not come as a surprise in the life span of your machine and should be planned […]

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Knowing the Difference Between a Legacy Equipment Manufacturer (LEM) vs. an OEM Saves You Time and Money

By GDCA | August 3, 2017
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When you need an embedded board that is still in production, it is easy to call the OEM, order what you want, and receive delivery. Because everything needed to produce your product is still readily available, you don’t have to worry about issues like accessibility, documentation, or counterfeit parts. However, after the point when an […]

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Embedded World 2017

By GDCA | March 27, 2017

Embedded World 2017 was a blast! After 2 weeks on the road of sub-zero temperatures in DC, Boston, Ottawa, and Montreal it was great to see spring for the first time in 2017 in Nürnberg (Nuremberg! German beer is best consumed in the sunshine!) At the fair, all the OEMs I spoke with were jam packed with […]

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5 Ways to Protect Product Longevity

By GDCA | March 13, 2017

Plan sustainment early Budget for sustainment Identify your high-risk/critical components Manage the big picture Strategically plan your design refresh Innovation is known for making products better, faster, and smarter. When it comes to technology, that also means smaller and more compact. In an ideal world, innovation moves society and culture forward, saving lives and bringing […]

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Supply Chain Risk Management: Protecting Critical Technologies

By GDCA | October 31, 2016

Industry partnerships are essential in reducing risk and providing counterintelligence data for the Defense Department. GDCA CEO Ethan Plotkin, Crowell and Moring’s Harvey Rishikof, Jim Kelly who leads the JVKellyGroup discussed their advice for industry colleagues and addressed the growing issue of supply chain risk for Bloomberg Government.

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Get your boards…while you still can.

By GDCA | April 10, 2016

Have you ever requested additional post-EOL LTBs from your board OEM, only to find you need more boards later on? Board OEMs care about their customers. If these OEMs could continue to provide the quality products their customers have come to depend on, most would. For the majority of customers, upgrades are a welcome and […]

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Innovating Obsolescence: When the Supply Chain Is Around Your Throat

By GDCA | February 26, 2015

Obsolescence can pose a grave threat to individuals, economies, and nations. Security and defense receive a great deal of attention in our Critical Thoughts section, partly because they are domains in which obsolescence is highly visible and easily conceived. In fact, the defense industry has its own acronym, that specifically outlines the necessary steps to […]

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Counterfeits Take To the Road

By GDCA | January 16, 2015

Those who have been keeping up know the threat counterfeiting poses to the embedded world. To this point, most of our conversations regarding counterfeits have been focused on the damage they can do to projects, the costs incurred to replace them, and the threat they pose to the security of the supply chain. However, there […]

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