We check all plastic components with acetone to see how the surface reacts. Whenever we see color come off on to the cotton swab we know we have a remarked part. The plastic used to make electronic components is not affected by acetone, therefore no color will be on the swab after rubbing the part vigorously for a few seconds.
Robb Hammond is the President of AERI and the 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.