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Farnell offers component watch service

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Farnell has unveiled a new service that will give customers advanced warning on obsolete, end of line and end of stock items in a bid to combat the increasing problem of component obsolescence.

The service, which is available in electronic and paper formats or person to person, will provide automatic warning of cancellation of back order and scheduled itineraries and suggest a suitable substitute to consider as a replacement or upgrade, according to Farnell sales and marketing head Rory Boyes.

“Hundreds of new electronic components are introduced into the market every month with almost as many being discontinued,” Boyes said.

“Design engineers need advance warning if a product is going to be made obsolete or no longer stocked.”

“But companies have neither the time nor the resources to research and evaluate every device that will be used in a final product, as they strive to beat the competition to market,” Boyes said.

Boyes said the product watch service will proactively communicate to customers about products that will no longer be manufactured or stocked, or that are due to be updated.

“This is done through a comprehensive warning system, which recommends the most appropriate substitutes,” Boyes said.

Recent independent research commissioned by Farnell revealed the extent and seriousness of the global component obsolescence problem.

But the urgent need for action is being hindered by the difficulty of getting technical information on obsolescence and replacements, Farnell said in a statement.

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