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Obsolescence

Pioneer in Obsolescence Management and Legacy Sustainment for embedded technology

  • Ethan Plotkin, CEO, Sits Down With Embedded Computing Design

    Ethan Plotkin, CEO, Sits Down With Embedded Computing Design

    Listen to “Five Minutes With…Ethan Plotkin, CEO, GDCA“, a podcast by Rich Nass of OpenSystems Media as he interviews embedded personalities. Obsolescence is something that many vendors dread. But fear not, help is out there. Just because a chip or a board is no longer available from your supplier, you may be able to find […]

  • When Tomorrow Never Comes

    When Tomorrow Never Comes

    Obsolescence and Changing Our Minds You’ve got to know when to hold ’em Know when to fold ’em Know when to walk away And know when to run “The Gambler” – Kenny Rogers Maybe the writing is on the wall. Maybe the truth is hidden in between the lines of your BOM. Maybe you really […]

  • 7 Perspectives about Legacy Engineering

    7 Perspectives about Legacy Engineering

    Once component EOL notices have been issued and COTS embedded boards are discontinued, the processes for keeping your embedded systems vital drastically changes and so must your overall thinking about them. When the supply chain is active, acquiring the boards and components you need requires simply placing an order. Extending or even reviving a product […]

  • Why Repeated LTBs Fail and Legacy Assurance Succeeds

    Why Repeated LTBs Fail and Legacy Assurance Succeeds

    Albert Einstein said, “Problems cannot be solved with the same thinking that created them,” and we agree. The speed with which technology is advancing causes new issues in system sustainability; problems that up until now, provide chronic headaches for most engineers and companies. For instance, note the vast differences between the processes of building embedded […]

  • What is PLM+™ ?

    What is PLM+™ ?

    PLM+ is GDCA’s targeted approach to legacy sustainment, developed over decades by working closely with board and application OEMs. The process offers a new organizational structure to legacy sustainment, a time-tested way of being prepared. Traditional PLM (product lifecycle management) doesn’t address the intricacies of indefinitely sustaining legacy equipment after EOL. Traditional PLM leaves out […]

  • The Value of Developing Second Source for Obsolete Boards

    The Value of Developing Second Source for Obsolete Boards

    I’ve recently come back from an exciting two-week road trip, and I’ve been talking to a lot of people about the impact obsolete electronics have on their enterprises. The people I met were knowledgeable, passionate, and in many cases struggling to find a solution or make a business case to remedy their particular obsolescence problem. […]

  • What is a Legacy Equipment Manufacturer (LEM)?

    What is a Legacy Equipment Manufacturer (LEM)?

    Once your electronic embedded board has reached EOL, but your system still needs to be viable, you will want to talk with an experienced equipment manufacturer that specializes in legacy sustainment. A Legacy Equipment Manufacturer (LEM) is a specialized embedded board producer that supports and services embedded board level products after OEM’s are no longer […]

  • Legacy Assurance vs. Just in Time (JIT) Procurement

    Legacy Assurance vs. Just in Time (JIT) Procurement

    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 […]

  • What is Obsolescence Management?

    What is Obsolescence Management?

    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 […]

  • GDCA: Pioneers in Proactive Obsolescence Management

    GDCA: Pioneers in Proactive Obsolescence Management

    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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