LONDON The Component Obsolescence Group (COG), has appointed Teri-Ann Winslow as its chairwoman and published a new booklet on using long-term storage.
Winslow, who is managing director of Winslow Adaptics, and has represented her company in COG since early 2002, said, “I look forward to stepping up my role to help COG continue to broaden awareness of this important issue across more industry sectors both in the UK and beyond.”
She chairs the COG Steering Group as well as several other COG committees and is also on the Management Advisory Board of AberTechnium, a new incubator for high-tech and knowledge-based businesses in Mid Wales, and represents Winslow Adaptics on the Council of the Welsh Electronics Forum.
COG was established in 1997 and has over 160 members including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), component suppliers, solution providers and government departments.
Although COG’s membership already includes a number of international organisations, it broadened its reach earlier this year by launching a German arm, as a next step towards achieving wider international co-operation.
A booklet from COG covers the use of using long-term storage as a means of overcoming obsolescence problems. ‘The Long-Term Storage Minefield’ is a guide to ensuring equipment can still be built and maintained in years to come.
It addresses issues such as why, when, where and how to store stocks of components and accompanying data, and the advantages and disadvantages of doing so. It provides information and advice on methods of storage and archiving, the pitfalls of long-term storage, data and product protection, and also looks at potential problems which may occur in the future.
Copies of ‘The Long-Term Storage Minefield’ cost £5 and are available from COG.
The booklet is the fourth in the series. Other titles include: ‘The Obsolescence Minefield – a guide to tackling disappearing products’, ‘The Date Coding Minefield – a guide to component traceability through the date code’ and ‘The Supply Chain Minefield – The role of the distributor in managing obsolescence problems’.
COG also runs workshops, seminars and conferences to provide training and enable members to share information and solutions, and it has also formed working groups dedicated to addressing key issues.