Obsolescence Manager project delivered for RS Components shortlisted in the awards’ “Best Digital Innovation” category.
We are happy to announce that Box UK - a web and software development consultancy which has had an office in Cardiff since 1998 - has been named as a finalist in the “Best Digital Innovation” category of the WalesOnline Digital Awards 2017. The awards programme, which honours businesses and entrepreneurs making an outstanding contribution to Wales’ digital sector, has recognised Obsolescence Manager - a project delivered by Box UK for electronics distributor RS Components.
Editor of WalesOnline Paul Rowland said of the awards: “For the Welsh economy to thrive in an ever increasing digital world, where advances in automation will radically change how we live and work, then we need a sector that is not only vibrant, but fleet of foot to exploit the huge commercial opportunities that will arise. And it is hoped that the finalists and winners of the inaugural WalesOnline Digital Awards 2017 will encourage a new wave of businesses and innovators to follow in their footsteps.”
Obsolescence is one of the biggest problems facing the electronics industry today. Every year thousands of electronics components reach end-of-life and become obsolete - and for those companies reliant on those parts for their products this often means costly redesigns, production line delays, and time-consuming research activities to identify suitable alternatives.
With their DesignSpark community home to half a million engineers facing this very challenge, RS Components wanted to provide them with a free and easy-to-use online solution - turning to long-term technical partner Box UK to help make this happen.
Now, with the Obsolescence Manager tool built by Box UK’s developers, engineers are provided with the lifecycle status of the parts they use, enabling them to proactively manage obsolescence across the lifetime of their projects. Not only this, but information about up to 70 million alternative parts is available should obsolescence be an issue, and integration with the RS Online site makes it easy to buy from a selection of over 400,000 suitable products.
Benno Wasserstein, Box UK’s Managing Director, said of the news: “We’re extremely pleased to have been named as a finalist in the WalesOnline Digital Awards. Wales has the fastest-growing digital economy outside of London, and the development and delivery of innovative products and services is absolutely key to this. Box UK is committed to innovation, and we are proud to support Wales’ future growth in this way.
“Our partnership with RS Components spans many years, during which time we have worked closely together on a number of projects to support their continued growth and success. Obsolescence Manager is a ground-breaking tool that will deliver significant benefits to the engineering community RS Components serves, and it’s great to see this impact recognised by this awards programme.”
The winners of the WalesOnline Digital Awards will be announced on June 8th, in a presentation ceremony at the Mercure Holland House in Cardiff.
Brand new to Wales, The Digital Awards brought to you by WalesOnline demonstrate the nation’s digital vibrancy. They showcase the inspiring work of individuals and companies across Wales who are at the cutting edge of digital business. They recognise the excellence that exists within a whole industry that is globally, socially and commercially relevant to Wales’ technological revolution.
RS Components is one of the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries Electrocomponents plc offers more than 550,000 products sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, including automation, control, electrical, mechanical, and test and measurement components, and serves more than one million customers through their internet, catalogue and trade counter channels.
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