According to Electronics Sourcing (ES), counterfeit components are a growing concern in the industry, especially with the rise in online sales.
ES suggests you check your processes against these seven precautionary steps:
- Test the component – Use a lab that offers destructive and non-destructive techniques, such as Astute’s.
- Purchase components from authorized distributors – they have a direct relationship with the producers and are likelier to have authentic parts.
- Look for markings and certifications – compare the holographic labels, serial numbers, or different distinctive stamps against up-to-date brand/industry markings.
- Verify the supplier – check if they are a member of any industry organization or have certifications.
- Use traceability tools – RFID tagging and IOT devices can help you track authenticity from the manufacturer.
- Conduct visual inspections – look for poor-quality printing, incorrect logo or branding, and other inconsistencies.
- Review anti-counterfeit software – companies such as Siemens, NXP, and Intel have all developed anti-counterfeit solutions that utilise Al
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