21 Feb 2024 -
 Internal News

Astute Group Celebrates Attainment of AS6171 & ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Aerospace Standard to Detect Counterfeit Parts 

Electronics counterfeit mitigation

Astute Group’s U.S. distribution and testing laboratory achieves landmark AS6171 certification, strengthening the fight against counterfeit parts in aerospace

Astute Group, a global leader in authorised electronics distribution and supply chain management, is celebrating the attainment of both ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation and SAE’s Aerospace Standard (AS) 6171 certification by their U.S. distribution and testing laboratory in Austin, Texas. These distinguished accreditations, awarded by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), demonstrate Astute Group’s unwavering commitment to shielding its customers from the growing threat posed by counterfeit parts. 

Astute Group’s Director of Sales & Marketing, Mark Shanley, commented, “Congratulations to our U.S. operations – Astute Electronics Inc. – for achieving the new AS6171 standard, especially our Quality Manager, Michael Flores, and our VP of Operations, Dane Reynolds who have worked tirelessly to attain this accreditation.   

“Astute Group is on a journey to become the world’s foremost, quality-driven authorised distributor. Quality assurance has always been paramount. We pioneered our counterfeit avoidance programme around the AS6081 standard and were the first to achieve AS6081 on both sides of the Atlantic. We aim to repeat this success by achieving the AS6171 certification in the U.S., UK, and at our European laboratory in Munich, Germany.” 

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 verifies the technical competency of testing laboratories and ensures they produce reliable results. AS6171 focuses specifically on the aerospace industry, setting standardised inspection, testing, and training requirements to identify and prevent counterfeit electrical, electronic, and electromechanical (EEE) parts.   

This landmark achievement bolsters Astute Group’s reputation as the global electronics supply chain partner of choice within the aerospace and defence industry. The company’s commitment to AS6171 compliance provides its customers with confidence and peace of mind knowing their projects are built with authentic, reliable components, contributing to the overall safety and security of our nation’s defence systems.  

Astute Group is a leading provider of electronic components and solutions for the aerospace and defence industry. The company offers a wide range of products and services, including:  

  • Mil-Spec and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components  
  • Electronic design and engineering support  
  • Supply chain management  
  • Obsolescence management 
  • Liquidation of excess stock 

Astute Group is committed to providing its customers with the highest quality products and services, delivered with exceptional customer service.   

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