The ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ of Counterfeit Electronic Parts

The prevalence of counterfeit electronic components within the supply chain continues to rise, costing the U.S. Government, its contractors, and consumer and industrial businesses billions of dollars each year.

Loss of revenue is certainly not the only problem associated with substandard and counterfeit parts- these parts “frequently create the potential for product malfunction, leading to personal injury and even death- a situation that has created unnecessary danger for military and everyday consumers, plus immense new levels of liability and risk for manufacturers in a wide range of industries”. 1

There are a variety of proactive steps companies in various industries, including the electronic components sector, have taken to mitigate the risk of receiving substandard and counterfeit parts. “The U.S. government and the industrial community have taken measures to combat this growing problem, and understanding the applicable regulations and industry certified best practices is the first step to avoiding risk.”1

Unfortunately, the frequency of counterfeiting in the industry today does not seem to be slowing at any rate, in fact it is doing the exact opposite. For this reason, “it is crucial to ensure your company and those with which it does business are working to protect themselves and their customers.” 1

Advanced Component Testing thoroughly understands the prevalence and severity of counterfeit electronic components in the market today, especially in highly reliable applications such as those associated with the military, in fact, ACT was recently audited and approved by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to provide electrical testing for military devices. Our quality management system is ISO 9001 certified, while our stringent test plan strategies are both AS6081 compliant and IDEA STD 1010 certified. Complying with these industry recognized standards “not only contributes to ultimately reducing the availability of counterfeit parts, it also helps mitigate the associated liability risks.“1

Our dedication to using the most current counterfeit detection technology, combined with our proprietary database, experienced engineers, industry compliant testing procedures, and state of the art equipment not only demonstrates ACT’s high level of technical competence, but also positions us as a leader in counterfeit component detection. Advanced Component Testing prides itself on providing reliable testing and accurate results each and every time.

  1. “The ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ of Counterfeit Electronic Parts” : Shindell, Kramer, & Salot Jr. 22 July 2013

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