The DLA has been taking a lot of heat from much of the industry about the new DNA marking requirements for the 5962 series of electronic components. They have had so much pressure that they have come out with a facts page to address all of the concerns (see here) . The complaints vary from being cost prohibitive to, why did they choose a single source for the technology? Our biggest complaint, as an independent electronic components distributor, remains, how are we going to utilize this great technology once the parts are in the open market and the manufacturers do not cooperate with independents anyway? How will we be able to verify the product using DNA? It is not in the original manufacturers best interest to help us sell parts that they have already sold once before. And there is relatively no risk buying parts from the authorized market, which is the only place that this will be effective at the moment.
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.