The long awaited AS6081 has finally been released. There is still discussion about if it goes too far or too short to serve its purpose, but it is definitely a much needed document to set some standard for the aerospace and military industries when buying components from the independent distribution market. Those who say it does not go far enough would like to see electrical testing and those who say it goes too far state that provisions, such as, the inability to return parts that were not delivered exactly as the parts were ordered, is a hardship for the distributors (in the standard these parts are classified as “fraudulent”). We, on the G19 committee, are listening to the comments from industry and already making changes to the next revision. The current version is a great start and we hope to see it adopted by as many distributors as possible.
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Robb Hammond is the President of AERI and the former chair of the Aerospace Industry’s Counterfeit Electronic Components Mitigation Standard for independent distributors, AS6081, which has become one of the industry’s most respected documents, as well as being adopted by the Department of Defense. Robb is one of the foremost thought leaders in the industry on counterfeit detection and speaks regularly at conferences around the globe.