Letter from the CEO
Don’t Let Your Old Designs Drag You Down
Business leaders don’t like process exceptions, because they’re inefficient and require a lot of special intervention to resolve.
They also don’t like to discontinue old product designs that still have a few customers, because these orders help them make their sales targets and avoid customer issues. That makes sense, right?
Maybe not as much sense as you think.
The Gap Between EOL and Your Needs—Why PLM Doesn’t Always Work
Reassessing your company’s approach to legacy sustainment is a critical step in minimizing stress and maximizing profits.
Since the early 1950s, product life-cycle management (PLM) has been the commercial best practice for managing value and lifetime profitability of products and systems. However, as technology has advanced exponentially, so have the needs of managing products with long life cycles.
PLM recognizes four cycles…
Amelia Dalton’s Fish Fry with GDCA CEO Ethan Plotkin
When Tomorrow Never Comes … Obsolescence and Changing Our Minds
Maybe the writing is on the wall. Maybe the truth is hidden in between the lines of your BOM. Maybe you really want to find another way, but you don’t know where to start. Obsolescence may be bleeding your company dry, but there is another way to deal with your end-of-life designs.
More from Amelia Dalton’s Fish Fry
Embedded Tech Trends 2019
Embedded Tech Trends (ETT), presented by VITA, is one of the most unique opportunities our industry has to connect original equipment manufacturers with the editors and analysts of the embedded industry’s most talked- about publications. This year’s theme was “The Future Is Now.” Our CEO, Ethan Plotkin, delivered a thought-provoking presentation, “Re-imagining Product Lifecycles: The Future of Obsolescence,” which challenged the assumption that OEMs can respond to low and sporadic requests for discontinued products and still be relevant and competitive in a rapidly evolving industry.
For our Defense partners and customers, the Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) conference is a rich arena for GDCA to share our expertise. By diving deeply into the collaboration between government and industry representatives, we discussed how to improve processes and operations, and how we can work together to support readiness. We are constantly targeting solutions to the challenges of obsolescence for the military and long lifecycle applications. We had many lively conversations and look forward to connecting again this year!
GDCA continues to create meaningful relationships regarding the proactive sustainment of embedded products that are critical to readiness featuring new perspectives to better understand “requirements and hot topics covering the entire acquisition life cycle.”
April 29, 2019
AIA Product Support & Tech Data Workshop
June 4, 2019
2019 AVCOM Obsolescence Working Group Meeting
Fort Walton Beach, FL
June 7, 2019
August 27, 2019
Embedded Systems Conference (ESC)
Santa Clara, CA
September 24, 2019
SAE Aerotech Europe