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Delay is the True Cost of an Ad Hoc Sustainment Strategy

By Ethan Plotkin | October 26, 2018

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the “true cost” of things. Our leadership team has been working on a particularly large order for more than a year. Since we restarted the production line for this discontinued COTS board several years back, this is the third ad hoc order we’ve accepted. In each of these […]

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7 Perspectives about Legacy Engineering

By GDCA | October 26, 2018

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 […]

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Why Repeated LTBs Fail and Legacy Assurance Succeeds

By GDCA | September 11, 2018

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 […]

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What is PLM+™ ?

By GDCA | August 17, 2018

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 […]

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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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