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When electronic components like cable connectors reach the end of their life cycle, they are no longer manufactured. This can occur for a variety of reasons, such as obsolescence (when a newer and better technology replaces an older one) or discontinuation (when a particular product is no longer profitable).

Reaching the end of their life cycle can pose challenges for electronic component buyers. For example, EOL parts may become increasingly difficult to find and more expensive to purchase. In some cases, replacement parts may not be available at all. As a result, it’s important to plan ahead when dealing with EOL components in your products.

There are a few options available when faced with EOL components. One is to stock up on spare parts from your distributor if still available. If not, there might be additional solutions to overcome this challenge.

Here are a few ideas that might help you resolve your EOL / discontinued components issue:

First, search the web using the manufacturer’s part number. If you find any vendors listing that part as available, contact them directly to confirm that they have the component “in stock” (possession) and what the current count is. Many times, they do not have physical possession and plan to push the order through a distributor who might not have any stock, therefore possibly wasting your time.

If the original component or an improved version is not available, your next option is to find an “equivalent” from another manufacturer.

Check with the major vendors to see if they have an equivalent to the OEM part. Compare the specs and a sample to ensure that it meets the “critical” specs required for your product. Sometimes, equivalent parts might not work due to differences in physical size or some other factor, even if the core function is the same.

If you cannot find an equivalent that meets your needs, your final option is to have a manufacturer like Circuit Assembly re-tool and start manufacturing the component for you.
If you decide to go the re-tooling route, you can use this opportunity to improve on the design and function of the OEM part you were previously using.

Re-tooling can be costly, but many times the manufacturer will cover the cost if they believe there is an opportunity to sell the re-tooled component to other customers as well. If you end up paying for the re-tooling, the part can be exclusive to you if you meet the minimum order requirements.

If you’re looking for discontinued connectors, you’ve come to the right place. We offer a wide selection of discontinued cable connector equivalents, or we can help you with re-tooling, so you can get the perfect replacement for your needs. Contact us today to get started.

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