Industrial equipment supplier EU Automation is set to release its first book aimed at helping manufacturers increase their understanding of obsolescence management. The book features interviews with industry experts and EU Automation’s seven steps to better obsolescence management. The print and electronic versions of the book will be available on Amazon starting October 6, 2016. Interested parties can subscribe to receive a free copy on

The Book of Obsolescence Management (BoOM) aims to help manufacturers, systems integrators, panel builders, maintenance teams and suppliers understand obsolescence and how to manage the process more effectively. The book features interviews in which industry leaders, such as the Institute of Obsolescence Management, global engineering company Renishaw, industrial automation software expert COPA-DATA, Rochester Electronics and more discuss best practice for obsolescence management.  

In its book, EU Automation analyses obsolescence through the lens of consumer electronics and industry, but the key focus is on industrial environments. The volume also touches on the risks and challenges of obsolescence, the cost of downtime in different industries, relevant industry standards and energy efficiency.

“Obsolescence is speeding up and product lifecycles are becoming shorter than ever,” explains Mark Proctor, managing director of EU Automation and BoOM co-author. “This trend has been obvious in the consumer world for some time now, but in recent years, it has started to affect a wide range of industries.

“Industrial components and systems that used to have a life cycle of more than 25 years are now becoming obsolete and are being replaced within just a few years. This has resulted in the rise of the obsolescence manager and the need for clearer guidelines on how obsolescence should be managed in different industries.”

“With the Book of Obsolescence Management, EU Automation hopes to start a conversation about obsolescence in the age of Industry 4.0 and the smart factory,” added Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of EU Automation and BoOM co-author. “We would like to hear from companies who are struggling with obsolescence and organisations that have identified successful tactics and processes for tackling the issue.”   

“The Book of Obsolescence Management ends with EU Automation’s seven steps to a more effective obsolescence management strategy, aimed at helping manufacturers tackle the obsolescence issue in a more effective and strategic manner.”

EU Automation is an industrial automation parts supplier based that sources and delivers new, reconditioned and obsolete equipment to companies around the world in record time.