(Encompasses Commercial Grade Dedication/Reverse Engineering/New Replacement for an Obsolete Component)
Maintenance of aging components can extend their useful life. However, when either the maintenance becomes too costly, or the component wears out and/or is beyond repair – the component needs to be replaced. Given the robust designs of some components, some component lifetimes are greater than the longevity of the company that manufactured the component. Likewise, as technology advances, component models are replaced with new models that at times are not backwards compatible with existing models.
When a component needs to replaced and there is no off-the-shelf qualified replacement, there are three approaches which can be implemented: Commercial Grade Dedication, Reverse Engineering and New Replacement for an Obsolete Component.