We received these so called “factory sealed” components this week. It is unbelievable how sloppy the counterfeiters were. And the sad thing is that we bought these from a decent supplier which completely missed all of the evidence. There are 3 pictures. One is the outer packaging, which is obviously re-used, judging by the fact that the outer layer of the box was removed along with a previous label of another part. Then there is an HIC card showing that the parts were packaged, by the manufacturer, in humid conditions (does not happen). And then, looking at the parts themselves, they have a white plastic cover placed on top of the usual sliver area, which was very poorly attached.
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.