November 12, 2015

Converge Highlights FOM 2015 Event

On September 22-23, Converge held its inaugural FOM 2015 conference, which was very well attended by over 150 people from over 100 international OEM and CEM companies.

During the weeks following the event, we conducted a feedback survey to collect opinions on this first Converge conference in Amsterdam. Attendee feedback from the conference was very positive, revealing that 92% of respondents would attend such an event again and 97% would like to receive further information on the Future of Obsolescence Management.

Those who were not able to attend definitely missed a comprehensive agenda and discussion.

The following is a summary of the key highlights of the event.

The event started early, on the evening of September 22, with a dinner and boat trip that received a number of positive compliments from our guests, namely for the organization, excellent food, fantastic venue, and great networking opportunities.

On September 23, the delegates gathered in the historic Hermitage Amsterdam museum. The conference was hosted by the Converge regional manager for the UK and Scandinavia, Ilja Lahtinen. Taylor Moore from Arrow Supply Assurance began the day with a presentation focused on risk-oriented approaches for dealing with obsolescence. Rob Picken from SiliconExpert Technologies followed and brought attention to an often-disregarded subject – personnel and knowledge obsolescence. Next was the lead engineer of SERMA Technologies, Philippe Barret, discussing the latest trends in components testing and analysis and setting a standard for test houses and laboratories handling obsolete components. Wrapping up the morning session was Jo Vann from GE Aviation, whose presentation was focused on the subject of counterfeit electronic components and management plans that help mitigate these risks.

After lunch, Stefan Studerus from Enics shared how obsolescence is being managed by EMS companies and defined the future of obsolescence management in three stages – strategy, setup, and execution. Following, Florent Capoulade from Airbus concentrated on a particular issue in the avionics industry and shared a case study of how Airbus copes with obsolescence and all other associated issues. The keynote speaker, Dr. Phil Zulueta, reviewed one of the biggest challenges of obsolescence management – counterfeit components – and presented a different method for avoiding the problem, with compelling industry certifications.

The day was closed with a debate moderated by Bjoern Bartels from AMSYS, who presented audience questions to the guest speakers. The debate was very interactive and allowed all present to participate in the discussion.

To learn more about the FOM 2015, the presentations, or our guest speakers, please visit our website or contact us directly to request a digital copy of our event magazine.