AERI began using curve trace analysis to detect counterfeits a few years ago and we have found it to be a very good tool to aid in our investigation. Most of the current detection methods are investigations of the physical characteristics of the parts. A curve trace allows us to confirm that not only are the physical properties of the product good, but the electrical characteristics of the parts compare to a known good device or match measurables that can be found on the datasheet. A curve trace alone is not a substitute for all of the tests recommended for counterfeit detection, but it is a necessary addition. It is also not a substitute for functional testing. Curve trace analysis only verifies that the parts internals are connected in the same manner as they are supposed to be, but it does not indicate that the part functions. AERI has confirmed multiple counterfeit components using curve trace technology.
To read more about the details of how curve trace can be utilized for counterfeit detection we recommend you read this article, pages 4-8.
Robb Hammond is the President of AERI and the former 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.