The recent economic downturn combined with aging semiconductor processes have created a severe disruption in the supply chain for many older products. These forces have driven many semiconductor manufacturers to issue Product Discontinuance Notices (PDN’s). This, in turn, has created turmoil at many product companies that must re-design or modify legacy designs at breakneck speed with reduced engineering teams. Product companies are now forced to choose between developing new, higher revenue and profit generating products or de-focus their already stretched engineering teams to re-design legacy products.
A recent trend has emerged to alleviate the engineering “crunch” and allow product companies to do more with less – Outsourced Sustaining Engineering.
Sustaining Engineering is typically performed on products that have been or currently at some level of production. Product companies are continually updating or modifying product designs to accommodate new product features (as result of input from the market), improving performance, or lower production costs.
In the past, Sustaining Engineering has been a function carried out by internal engineering teams. With the significant headcount reductions at companies over the past few years, they have been unable to both develop new products and carry out their regular sustaining engineering functions. Therefore, a new trend has emerged – Outsourced Sustaining Engineering. By outsourcing the sustaining engineering function, companies have been able to do more with less. This has also provided product companies greater financial freedom and in many cases, more efficient engineering
Axelsys has recently announced a service specifically targeted for outsourced sustaining engineering. Aside from general sustaining engineering activities – In many cases, companies with legacy designs have lost or misplaced critical design documentation. Axelsys has developed processes to reverse engineer designs enabling lower engineering costs and ensuring a successful outcome. With its Sustaining Engineering Services, Axelsys has melded its Electronic Design and Contract Manufacturing Services to implement concurrent Design for Manufacturing (DFM). This process implements manufacturing knowledge into the design process ensuring the lowest overall product cost.
To learn more, contact Axelsys’ (use the short contact form on the right side of this page or go to the Sustaining Engineering page.