Reported Counterfeits Down in 2018

Great news!!! Reported counterfeit electronic components were down for 2017.  One might think that with the ramp up of the shortage even more counterfeits would be discovered, but exactly the opposite has occurred.  Some speculations for this decrease are;

  • More counterfeit avoidance is being done in the purchasing process.  Weary buyers have likely been more selective who they are ordering from.
  • Government seizures of counterfeit product have potentially caused some international suppliers to give up trying to ship to the U.S.
  • Increased awareness and detection techniques may have stifled sellers attempts to pass counterfeits through previously naïve buyers, causing sellers to give up trying. 

The report at this link only has data up to 2017, but our organization has noticed a decrease in received counterfeits this year as well.  We will have to wait another few months to get ERAI’s final 2018 numbers, but we predict there will not be an increase over 2017. 

ERAI, which was originally created to serve electronic distributors with collection and reporting needs, has been collecting reports of counterfeits for over a decade. They have branched out from accepting reports from distributors only to manufacturers and government as well.  Their database is by far the largest in the industry.  The database is only available by membership, but it is free to report.  Please feel free to ask one of our search experts if you would like us to see if your parts have ever been reported.

“The Big Hack” Chinese Government Caught

The Chinese government has organized a very complex plan to infiltrate the U.S. government and company data through a tiny microchip installed on thousands of high-security server motherboards.  Months of investigation have uncovered what most cyber threat analysts believed was near impossible.  The Chinese government planned and implemented the installation of chips on key servers that enabled them to hack valuable information.  The planning was long and calculated, which displays that they are quite capable of performing complicated operations to steal from and harm our country. 

The short story is that the Chinese created a very tiny chip, secretly installed it on San Jose based, Chinese manufactured SuperMicro server motherboards which were then shipped to U.S. government and industry users.  The article states that these “servers could be found in Department of Defense data centers, the CIA’s drone operations, and the onboard networks of Navy warships.” With almost all information digitally stored, this new found attack shows that anything is accessible if someone really wants to get access to it. This link will take you to the full Bloomberg news story unveiled a few weeks ago.

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3 Reasons you need to attend a counterfeit electronic component conference and which ones to attend

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3 Reasons You Need to Attend a Counterfeit Electronic Component Conference

With alarming numbers of counterfeit electronics entering the supply chain, you are likely aware that there are multiple counterfeit electronic component conferences held globally to help combat the problem. If you haven’t been to one yet, or you need some encouragement  to attend again, here are 3 reasons to head to another and some recommendations of which conferences you may find most helpful.


  1. Counterfeit parts are rampant and on the rise.

It’s important to know the latest in counterfeit part trends so you aware and informed, therefore best positioned to mitigate any risks with your own manufacturing supply chain. Many problems can be avoided by just knowing what counterfeiters are up to in the marketplace.

  1. You will learn important tips and tricks.

Many of these conferences will help you learn how to spot counterfeit parts and detect potential issues before they make it onto your manufacturing floor.

  1. Meet business critical partners.

These conferences are fantastic venues to meet new partners who can potentially transform your supply chain dynamics and therefore your business.  Many of the organizations in attendance are thought leaders in counterfeit detection, mitigation, and problem resolution. It’s imperative to align with the right partners which have years of experience solving supply chain and counterfeit part issues. In some cases the right partner can save you from the loss of a customer, a lawsuit, or even worse, life or death.


There are a number of different venues in which you can learn more about counterfeit electronic components. Each one has its own distinct value. Depending on your needs, you may attend one or more of the following conferences or training courses. Here are some of the most reputable events that I recommend and often attend myself.

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Counterfeit Avoidance

CCAW – Counterfeit Components Avoidance Workshop (Hosted By Components Technology Institute, Inc

  • Held annually in different U.S. locations
  • Very focused on counterfeit electronic components detection
  • Great detail on how to detect counterfeits
  • Knowledgeable veteran teachers from the manufacturing industry
  • Perfect forum to send new electronic components inspectors

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Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials (Hosted by CALCE and SMTA)

  • Held each June in Maryland
  • High level overview of counterfeit electronic components issues
  • Introduction of potential tools to detect counterfeits
  • Outlines of different quality standards available for the industry
  • Workshops offered separately to learn counterfeit detection techniques

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DMSMS Conference (Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages)

  • Held annually in different U.S. locations
  • Government contract focused
  • Not specific to counterfeit electronic components
  • Addresses a breadth of obsolete component and mechanical part issues
  • Counterfeit electronic component topics peppered into overall schedule

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ERAI Executive Conference

  • Held every other year in different U.S. locations
  • Heavy focus on independent distributor issues
  • Addresses counterfeits as well as other customer/supplier issues
  • Workshops offered separately to learn counterfeit detection techniques

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International Institute of Obsolescence Management Conference(Formerly Component Obsolescence Group)

  • Held annually in the United Kingdom
  • Broad obsolescence topic range, which includes counterfeit electronic components
  • Heavy focus on UK and European issues and organizations
  • Don’t miss the Gala dinner, which is always in a beautiful historic venue

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IDEA Training Courses(Offered by EPTAC)

  • Held multiple times a year in different U.S. locations
  • Hands-On courses designed for technicians which receive electronic components
  • 1 day and 2 day courses offered
  • IDEA has the most well established document for the receiving of electronic components from the independent distribution channel, which is used during training

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.

AS6081 Speech Given by AERI President at SMTA/CALCE Symposium on Counterfeit Electronic Components

 

This video is a comprehensive overview of the AS6081 standard, which was created to provide guidelines for independent distributors of electronic components to avoid counterfeits.  If you or your company is concerned about the possibility of receiving counterfeit electronic components from your distributor, this video will help guide you in how to utilize AS6081 to  encourage safe buying practices.

 

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.