International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Systems

Electronic Part Obsolescence Driven Product Redesign Planning

Pameet Singh, Peter Sandborn
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742 USA

Todd Geiser
PRICE Systems, L.L.C., Mt. Laurel, New Jersey 08054 USA

David Lorenson
Honeywell International, Inc., Tucson, Arizona 85737 USA


Many electronic parts have life cycles that are shorter than the life cycle of the product they are in. Life cycle mismatches caused by the obsolescence of electronic parts can result in high sustainment costs for long life systems. In particular, avionics and military systems often encounter part obsolescence problems before being fielded and nearly always experience part obsolescence problems during their field life. This paper presents a methodology for determining the design refresh (redesign) schedule for long field life electronic systems based on forecasted electronic part obsolescence and a mix of obsolescence mitigation approaches ranging from lifetime buys to part substitution.

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