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Legacy Manufacturing: Where Discontinued Embedded Boards Still Have a Future

By GDCA | August 7, 2018

With technology advancing at lightning speed and embedded boards being EOL’d  sometimes even while a system is still in the design phase, new methods and ways of thinking must be introduced to meet the needs of programs and applications with long lifecycles. When embedded boards become obsolete, a Legacy Manufacturer can step in and provide […]

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The Value of Developing Second Source for Obsolete Boards

By Ethan Plotkin | July 10, 2018
Fighter Planes

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. […]

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What is a Legacy Equipment Manufacturer (LEM)?

By GDCA | June 6, 2018
Baton Pass Legacy Equipment Manufacturer

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 […]

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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
American Flag Rocket Boosters

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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