Converge will stage its inaugural Future of Obsolescence Management (FOM) conference at the Amsterdam Hermitage Art Museum (September 22-23, 2015).
The conference responds to the increasingly widespread concern for securing the supply chain and protecting against counterfeiting as typical component lifecycles continue to shorten. Experts from across the supply chain, including OEMs, contract manufacturers, distributors, test houses and quality professionals will share insights with delegates looking for robust solutions to obsolescence management.
“Obsolescence is no longer the sole concern of the aerospace and defence industries, but is a growing challenge in numerous vertical markets within sectors such as automotive, medical, industrial and consumer,” said Eric Checkoway, Vice President and General Manager, Converge. “The time is right for a forum where supply chain professionals can come together and drive adoption of effective practices throughout the electronics industry.”
The conference on Wednesday September 23 will feature presentations by speakers from leading technology businesses and Arrow Group companies. Topics will include risk and financial management, independent distribution, intelligent data and analysis, component testing and handling, industry standards, and EMS and OEM end-user perspectives.
Dr. Phil Zulueta, Chairman Emeritus of the International Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), will present the concluding keynote address on quality in obsolete component supply describing the SAE’s certification initiative that provides a set of tools to handle the issue. The day will end with a 45-minute moderated debate to answer questions from the audience.
Converge is hosting a networking opportunity on the day prior to the conference, which will include a visit to the Converge warehouse in Amsterdam followed by a boat tour and dinner in the city centre. Attendance at the networking event and conference is free of charge. Delegates need to only finance their own travel and accommodations.


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