Services Provided:Demand Planning , Engineering Expertise , In-house Manufacturing , Design Expertise , Testing and Validation , Product Refresh Planning
Technology:Embedded Controllers , ASICs
End-To-End Life-Cycle Management For Continued System Functionality
How did a global heavy equipment OEM tackle electronic obsolescence business challenges?
They identified their current and future needs…
A leading heavy equipment OEM was dealing with an electronics obsolescence issue on one of their common controller platforms. Approaching the end of the controller’s memory chip life-cycle, a “drop and replace” flash emulation solution was needed. The drop-in needed to preserve the data already gathered and be able to continue on with normal functionality of the system and machine as a whole.
They deployed the expertise of 10G, a life-cycle sustainment company…
Facing the troubling reality of having to deploy a unique memory chip and redesign the rest of the existing system, the heavy equipment OEM deployed the expertise of 10G, a life-cycle management company jointly owned by Morey. For first steps, the group established a forecast of the product’s demand, figured out usage rates of the product and when the “drop-in” flash emulator would need to be implemented. Next, with inventory forecasting under control and a “final buy” date nailed down, 10G began the process of developing the long term solution: A new flash emulator that could function exactly as the soon-to-be obsolete chip. They combined the functionality of the obsolete component into a printed circuit board solution, programming the circuit to simulate the memory chip. The product was then expeditiously tested and validated and green-lighted for production.
They introduced a fully-functional flash emulator to production that supports the entire system…
Guiding the customer through the entire life-cycle management process, 10G was able to save the customer time and money by reverse engineering the current product. The team was also able to predict its usage course, plan out a short term last-time-buy solution and a longer term redesign. The company now has a fully functional and tested internal memory component that is ready to be introduced to production, with 5,000 deployable units expected immediately.
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