Three-pronged approach to obsolescence avoidance in signal switching

24-01-2023 | Pickering | Test & Measurement

Pickering Interfaces provides a formal approach to protecting customers from one of the costliest challenges test engineers encounter when supporting automated test equipment – obsolescence.

"Mission-critical products with long lifecycles have components that need to be tested decades after they were manufactured and their initial test systems were designed," said Keith Moore, CEO of Pickering. "When instrumentation providers discontinue components in those test systems – these companies, often in aerospace/defence, railway transportation, or power, are left stranded, trying to find a replacement or facing an imminent and costly test system redesign."

The company's success in growing its modular signal switching and simulation business hinges on its capability to help customers manage obsolescence and minimise the possibility of it happening.

If customers previously standardised on competitor platforms and now face obsolescence with no path forward, the company can often adapt modules to match the form, fit, and function of the original hardware.