When we receive parts they are inspected for over 30 different attributes to determine if they are in fact authentic. It starts with an examination of the paperwork which was sent with the parts and the packaging. There are all sorts of clues from paperwork all the way to an inspection of the die after destructive decapsulation of the product. It takes years of experience and good training for a QC team to be effective in counterfeit detection. Unfortunately, there are a number of product manufacturers out there who have heard about a simple trick here and there to detect counterfeits. Anything from a simple acetone blacktop removal test to a full blown electrical test from a test house without any other investigation. In this game of trying to catch the next evolution of counterfeiting one must be looking at all of the different ways to spot a fake. Don’t just rely on a few quick checks to give you confidence. Learn the gamut of detection methods or have a company that is well known for their skills to do them for you. For more details on detection visit the quality page on our website by clicking here.
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.