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Strategies to the Prediction, Mitigation and Management of Product Obsolescence by Michael G. Pecht, Peter Sandborn, Ulrich Ermel, Bjoern Bartels

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9.6 STRATEGIC OBSOLESCENCE MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES

Figure 9-13 provides the strategic obsolescence management guidelines regarding how to implement a strategic obsolescence management system within an organization affected by obsolete parts.

FIGURE 9-13 Strategic obsolescence management guidelines.

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1 Supplier questionnaires or supplier self-assessments are comprehensive, systematic, and regular reviews of an organization’s activities to discern clearly its strengths and areas in which improvements can be made.

2 Supplier audits are essential to verify the existence of objective evidence of processes and to assess how successfully processes have been implemented.

3 Refresh refers to changes that “have to be done” in order for system functionality to remain useable. Redesign or technology insertion means “want to be done” system changes, which include new technologies to accommodate system functional growth and new technologies to replace and improve the existing functionality of the system (Herald, 2000).

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