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By GDCA | May 8, 2023
Youtube series

GDCA presents a brand new YouTube series Recently, members of the GDCA team sat down to answer many common questions that they’ve been asked during their years working in GDCA […]

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What is Long-Term Availability for Embedded Boards?

By GDCA | April 27, 2023
Long-Term Availability

If you’ve been around obsolescence management before, then you most likely understand what this phrase means and its importance in legacy equipment manufacturing. However, if you’re new to the scene […]

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The Human Factor: When losing older workers leads to obsolescence

By GDCA | April 10, 2023
Obsolescence Management services

Ask anyone who drives an older car.    As the system ages, it develops its own quirks. You have to jiggle the shifter in park to get the keys out […]

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New Source of Supply vs. Second Source of Supply 

By GDCA | March 23, 2023
Second Source of Supply

When a new source of supply isn’t enough   All machines, and the parts that make them up, have a lifespan. Even software compatibility and certifications need to be considered when […]

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Natural Energy of Operations | Letter From The CEO

By Ethan Plotkin | November 16, 2022
Natural Energy

It’s that time of year again: annual operating planning. Hooray! Jokes aside, successful planning relies on how well everyone understands the leadership team’s vision and their role in making the […]

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Analysis Paralysis

By GDCA | November 16, 2022
Analysis paralysis

It is easy to understand the multiple pressures OEMs feel at the end of a product’s lifecycle when there is still customer demand. For customers who need more support for […]

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When ‘Just-in-Time’ Is Just Too Late: A New Approach to Managing Production

By GDCA | October 21, 2022

Until the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, just-in-time (JIT) inventory management strategy was considered to be among the most reliable business models for manufacturing everything from cell phones to […]

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Last Time Buy vs. Last Time Offering

By GDCA | August 4, 2022
Last Time Buy vs. Last Time Offering

A widespread practice among original equipment manufacturers (OEM) is the last time buy (LTB) event, which is usually a warning call to customers that a product is approaching its end […]

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5 Sustainment Questions Every Program Must Ask Itself

By GDCA | June 3, 2022

DoD Programs routinely face a backlog of open cases for parts that are unprocurable owing to obsolescence or DMSMS. Problematic parts range from bolts and valves to complex computer electronics. […]

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Notes from the Road (We’re Back, Baby!)

By Ethan Plotkin | June 3, 2022

Like most people, I haven’t been traveling much since early 2020, but over these past couple of years of pandemic-imposed video calls, I’ve become amazed at how quickly and naturally […]

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