Obsolescence and Product Life Extension

In any product, ongoing obsolescence issues are an inevitability. When manufacturing your pre-existing product, or setting up new, 4e has the capability to deal with this situation.


For new products we identify likely high-risk items and source alternative parts before the product even begins manufacture. These will be recorded as part of the Bill of Materials (BOM), hence alternatives can be used automatically without necessarily going through a design change process.


Where new issues are identified, we are usually informed of this at an early stage, due to the close links we have with our manufacturing and supply partners. We have engineers on hand to investigate and recommend off-the-shelf alternative options, or provide circuit modifications if required. We have a network of suppliers that are able to source ‘on-allocation’ and hard-to-find components, backed up by a test and verification company that can check parts are valid and genuine.