A supplier’s capability to manage the obsolescence risk on a Customer’s behalf needs to be clearly understood.
TLS can visit the key supplier’s premises to perform a Supplier Capability Review (SCR). TLS can engage with the suppliers to understand both their current Obsolescence Management capability and their capability to meet the requirements placed upon them by contractual requirements.
The SCR will take the form of a structured interview. It will focus on key metrics which have been developed and will be evidence based. Clear, documentary evidence of a supplier’s performance against the metrics will be required to be produced in order to fully understand capability. It will clearly state compliance (or non-compliance) against international standards and any contracted requirements.
SCR’s are a useful tool to use in supplier development activity. If it is your intention to flow down OM requirements to one or more of your key suppliers, it essential that you and the supplier know what their existing OM capability is and any gaps that need to be addressed.