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Life Cycle Management

ABB products are designed for continuous evolution. The Life Cycle management process supports ABB and our customers to properly manage products’ transition through the different life cycle stages.

Life cycle management (LCM) is the process that enables ABB to innovate and manage products and related services throughout the entire business life cycle — effectively and efficiently. It is ABB’s goal to protect our customers’ investment beyond the life cycle of the underlying platform products. 

The ABB life cycle management process originates from:
  • IEC 62402, the IEC Application Guide about Obsolescence Management, which stresses the importance of managing obsolescence as an integral part of the design, development, production and in-service support of a product
  • The extensive, lengthy experience of ABB for the management of products and their life cycle. 

Four stages define the life cycle policy for ABB electrification distribution solutions:
1. Active
2. Classic
3. Limited
4. Obsolete

Open communication with our customers is continuous, with notifications provided for each status change several months in advance, as well as a minimum of 10 years of support granted from the Classic phase to the beginning of the Obsolete phase.


Additionally, ABB maintains close contact with customers throughout the entire lifetime of products via the broad ABB Service solutions portfolio:
Life cycle

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