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Seamlessly overcome obsolescence challenges

It can feel like a dead end when your production or service and repair requirements bind you to an obsolete part that is hard – or seemingly impossible – to find. Avoid hasty substitutions or questionable sources by partnering with Smith to build a proactive strategy for uninterrupted sourcing of the parts you need.

How We Help
Work with Smith experts who can track current and obsolete parts
Tap into the largest network of open-market contacts in the world
Access the massive range of components available worldwide
Build the stock you need so your business isn’t stalled
Work with a Smith specialist to identify alternate parts
Seamlessly replace your obsolete components with quality substitutions
What We Do

Smith’s obsolescence support helps you strategically plan and buffer for product lifecycle changes.

Market and Component Expertise

Smith’s team of experts is primed to track current and obsolete parts to help you manage component lifecycles and strategies. We’ll work closely with you to address the challenges obsolescence brings and build comprehensive solutions to keep you moving.

Broad Global Supply

It’s challenging when an obsolete component eludes you in your usual sourcing channels. There is a vast range of components available worldwide, though, that Smith can help you tap into. We’ll be your connection to the industry’s largest network of reliable open-market contacts to help you find the parts you need.

Buffer Stock

Smith can find the obsolete components you need – and take the next step to keep your supply and production uninterrupted. We will work with you to proactively build buffer stock so that you can plan ahead confidently and never have to scramble. We can customize models for sourcing and restocking to your specific needs.

Alternative Options

Depending on an obsolete component can grow increasingly limiting as time goes on, but we can help you prepare for the future. Work with a Smith specialist to identify alternate parts to update your builds, and our global procurement team will deliver an uninterrupted source of these quality substitutions.

Trustworthy Quality

Need for out-of-production components can last long after a part has hit obsolescence, sometimes pushing manufacturers to questionable product sources or rushed substitutions. Smith’s strictly vetted supplier network and quality program help us ensure that your bill of materials includes only quality components.

Rely on Smith to help you build a proactive sourcing solution for obsolete components to make sure that their end of life doesn’t stall your production.


Our client used Smith to gain better control over sourcing, storage, and logistics practices for EOL/LTB items to ensure product availability and longevity.

The client wanted to address quality concerns by standardizing warehousing and testing procedures and sought to improve the decision-making process regarding product lifecycle challenges.

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Certifications and Affiliations


Our COGD membership supports our mission to help manage our customers’ component lifecycle and obsolescence needs.



Our avoidance protocol, detection, mitigation, and disposition of counterfeit electronic parts keep inauthentic components out of the aerospace supply chain and protect quality, safety, and performance.



Smith upholds additional standards for safety and reliability that meet the aerospace industry’s stringent security and dependability needs.


CCCI-102 Level 1 and Level 2

Our quality inspectors’ CCCI-102 certification expands upon the anti-counterfeit standards contained in Smith’s CCAP-101 certification and helps to safeguard the global supply chain from inauthentic components.

Hear From Our People

Technology and the electronic components that power it are always evolving, which can raise challenges for manufacturers who rely on specific parts. Smith helps you get ahead of the curve and prepare for obsolescence challenges.

Choon Byun

Chairman, APAC

Smith Insights in Obsolescence


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