Could Substandard Parts Be The Culprit?

One of the questions being asked about April’s jet engine explosion is whether the fan blades were substandard parts.  It is very unlikely, but there are many other parts of the aircraft that have been found to be substandard or even counterfeit.  The Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has completed an audit of the FAA and found that they had consistently failed to alert federal law enforcement authorities about suspect parts installed in U.S. airplanes.  They also charged that the agency had closed investigations without ensuring that counterfeit and improperly manufactured parts (SUPs) were removed.

The manufacturing and supply chain have been moving to the east in countries like China and India, which may be part of the problem.  The safety threat posed by fraudulent parts is likely to increase unless federal authorities become more aggressive in combating it.  “We’re outsourcing so much work into those regions (that) the propensity for risk increases exponentially,” said Michael Dreikorn, a former FAA safety inspector who helped set up the agency’s first Suspected Unapproved Parts (SUP) program in the 1990s.  Whether it is fake engine parts or counterfeit electronic components in control systems, something must be done to protect the safety of the public. 

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Long Lead Times for Electronic Components Continue

The current electronic component shortage is causing OEM’s to fall far behind on deliveries to their customers.  At this point there is no end in sight to the long lead times.  Of even more concern is a shortage often leads to a more pronounced shortage than it really is since there is an over ordering frenzy.  Customers order more than they need from multiple vendors creating a false demand.  If the manufacturers of the components build everything ordered there may eventually be a huge glut in the market which would trigger a whole different set of problems.  At AERI we are helping one customer at a time get the parts they need with reduced lead times.  Our offices and connections throughout the globe allow us to locate parts that are difficult for most to obtain.  Reach out to one of our search experts to see if we can solve your component shortage problem. CONTACT US.

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Southern California Component Distributor Behind Bars

Rogelio Vasquez of PRB Logics Corp. in Orange County California was arrested May 1st for selling counterfeit electronic components, some of which were likely to be used in military applications.  He faces many years in prison for putting his financial interest above the safety of our troops and citizens.  His instructions to subcontractors overseas who were performing the counterfeiting and testing were very clear that he intended to defraud his customers.  Read more… 

The indictment alleges that Vasquez acquired old, used, and/or discarded integrated circuits from Chinese suppliers that had been repainted and remarked with counterfeit logos. The devices were further remarked with altered date codes, lot codes, or countries of origin and then resold in an effort to deceive customers and end users into thinking the integrated circuits were new, according to the indictment. The indictment identifies specific parts which have been determined to be counterfeit by the corresponding Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), namely Xilinx, Inc., Analog Devices, Inc., and Intel Corporation.

The sale of counterfeit integrated circuits into the stream of commerce is a significant problem for both U.S. military and commercial end users due to the increased risk of equipment failure from using salvaged, sub-standard, or wrong components. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, is assisting the Department of Justice, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the National Reconnaissance Office, Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to convict Rogelio.  He will then join a growing list of convicts who have put their wallet above the safety of our soldiers and citizens.

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3 Reasons you need to attend a counterfeit electronic component conference and which ones to attend

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3 Reasons You Need to Attend a Counterfeit Electronic Component Conference

With alarming numbers of counterfeit electronics entering the supply chain, you are likely aware that there are multiple counterfeit electronic component conferences held globally to help combat the problem. If you haven’t been to one yet, or you need some encouragement  to attend again, here are 3 reasons to head to another and some recommendations of which conferences you may find most helpful.


  1. Counterfeit parts are rampant and on the rise.

It’s important to know the latest in counterfeit part trends so you aware and informed, therefore best positioned to mitigate any risks with your own manufacturing supply chain. Many problems can be avoided by just knowing what counterfeiters are up to in the marketplace.

  1. You will learn important tips and tricks.

Many of these conferences will help you learn how to spot counterfeit parts and detect potential issues before they make it onto your manufacturing floor.

  1. Meet business critical partners.

These conferences are fantastic venues to meet new partners who can potentially transform your supply chain dynamics and therefore your business.  Many of the organizations in attendance are thought leaders in counterfeit detection, mitigation, and problem resolution. It’s imperative to align with the right partners which have years of experience solving supply chain and counterfeit part issues. In some cases the right partner can save you from the loss of a customer, a lawsuit, or even worse, life or death.


There are a number of different venues in which you can learn more about counterfeit electronic components. Each one has its own distinct value. Depending on your needs, you may attend one or more of the following conferences or training courses. Here are some of the most reputable events that I recommend and often attend myself.

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Counterfeit Avoidance

CCAW – Counterfeit Components Avoidance Workshop (Hosted By Components Technology Institute, Inc

  • Held annually in different U.S. locations
  • Very focused on counterfeit electronic components detection
  • Great detail on how to detect counterfeits
  • Knowledgeable veteran teachers from the manufacturing industry
  • Perfect forum to send new electronic components inspectors

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Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials (Hosted by CALCE and SMTA)

  • Held each June in Maryland
  • High level overview of counterfeit electronic components issues
  • Introduction of potential tools to detect counterfeits
  • Outlines of different quality standards available for the industry
  • Workshops offered separately to learn counterfeit detection techniques

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DMSMS Conference (Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages)

  • Held annually in different U.S. locations
  • Government contract focused
  • Not specific to counterfeit electronic components
  • Addresses a breadth of obsolete component and mechanical part issues
  • Counterfeit electronic component topics peppered into overall schedule

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ERAI Executive Conference

  • Held every other year in different U.S. locations
  • Heavy focus on independent distributor issues
  • Addresses counterfeits as well as other customer/supplier issues
  • Workshops offered separately to learn counterfeit detection techniques

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International Institute of Obsolescence Management Conference(Formerly Component Obsolescence Group)

  • Held annually in the United Kingdom
  • Broad obsolescence topic range, which includes counterfeit electronic components
  • Heavy focus on UK and European issues and organizations
  • Don’t miss the Gala dinner, which is always in a beautiful historic venue

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IDEA Training Courses(Offered by EPTAC)

  • Held multiple times a year in different U.S. locations
  • Hands-On courses designed for technicians which receive electronic components
  • 1 day and 2 day courses offered
  • IDEA has the most well established document for the receiving of electronic components from the independent distribution channel, which is used during training

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