ACTIVEROBOTICX designs unmanned systems and strives to achieve long term system availabilities, component obsolescence can negatively impact upon availability component obsolescence in an unmanned system can negatively impact upon:
- Life cycles of own systems
- Production costs
- Supportability and service to the customer
- The necessity for costly redesigns of own systems
- Costly requalification and certification of systems through the respective authorities.
ARX offers Obsolescence Management as a service to mitigate the risk of component obsolescence. ARX obsolescence management strategies can save a lot of money, time and system non-availability by avoiding redesigns. ARX works closely with cusotmers to create a life cycle management plan of fielded unmanned systems. The goal is to plan for longevity and technology evolution, rather than simply waiting for obsolescence events to happen. To prevent the risks of obsolescence following three strategies are established by ACTIVEROBOTICX:
Proactive Obsolescence Management
Analysis of the unmanned system’s bill of material to understand actual lifecycle status and to estimate the risk of components becoming obsolete.
Strategic Obsolescence Management
Long term strategy to avoid the use of endangered components.
Reactive Obsolescence Management
Instruction to deal with obsolescent components after receipt of an End Of Life (EOL) notice.
The combination of these three ARX Obsolescence Management strategies will lead to longevity of unmanned systems, but also to many other advantages.
Important points are the early determining of endangered components and the maximization of the acting horizon to find efficient alternatives, also the
avoidance of redesigns and re-qualification, and highest safety for all components.