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You Received a Counterfeit Part – What in the Name of AS5553/AS6081 Do You Do Next?

Posted by Jesse Silverman, Esquire on Oct 10, 2013 7:57:00 AM

The majority of the discussion as it relates to counterfeit parts has centered on avoidance. Defense and aerospace contractors are spending time and money developing counterfeit avoidance procedures and evaluating their approved vendors. With good reason the emphasis has been placed on preventing counterfeit_chipscounterfeit parts from ever entering the supply chain.

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Military Buyers Must Understand 121 and 129 Trace

Posted by Jackie Puleo on Oct 1, 2013 10:07:00 AM

As an AS9120-A–certified supplier of aircraft components to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and aerospace contractors, we often encounter situations where we need to747 Jet understand the meaning of 121 Trace and 129 Trace (trace is referring to traceability paperwork for a component).  Often times, the parts we supply are obsolete or very difficult to find. Secure Component’s role in our customer’s supply chain is to provide items they are unable to locate within their “authorized supply chain.” In short, we provide additional sourcing horsepower for their supply chain, which ensures that all the available options for parts that meet the acceptable quality, pricing, and timeline requirements for their application have been explored and are included in the quote. In some of our company’s recent interactions with clients, we have noticed confusion regarding 121 and 129 Trace. This post will explain both types of trace and clarify the confusion surrounding the two.

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Why E-waste Becoming Counterfeit Components Is Your Problem!

Posted by Colin Page on Aug 20, 2013 10:53:00 AM

After a recent case in which the owner of an electronics recycling company was handed a 30-month prison sentence for exporting over 400 shipments containing over 1 million dollars’ HATworth of electronic waste overseas in direct violation of federal law, the defendant’s attorney made the following statement: “I have represented people accused of, and who have committed, horrific crimes. This isn’t one of them. The impact was that some people — not all of them — didn’t get their electronics disposed of in a way they approved of.”  This attorney went on to justify her client’s behavior by stating that no one lost their jobs as a result of Executive Recycling’s misrepresentation and none of the victims in the case were financially ruined.   This view of the situation not only completely ignores the reality of e-waste export, but is also factually wrong. In fact, it is absurd that such a statement can be made publicly. Unfortunately, this is currently the case, mainly due to a widespread lack of information regarding the subject of e-waste and its relationship to counterfeit components.  This case garnered national attention when it appeared on 60 minutes.

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Similarities of Combating Counterfeits- Seafood, Military Electronics

Posted by Jackie Puleo on Aug 1, 2013 9:53:00 AM

Within the last decade, the crime of counterfeiting  items that we use every day has reached epidemic proportions. Whether it is electronics, textiles, pharmaceuticals, contact lenses, or even food, recent reports of counterfeiting can be tied to almost anything. In my business, which is the sale of obsolete and hard-to-find material for military applications, we have become very aware of the dangers posed by counterfeits.  Fortunately, both regulating bodies and the media are beginning to improve consumer awareness.

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AS6081 Alert: Secure Components Earns First Ever AS6081 Counterfeit Avoidance Certificate

Posted by Colin Page on Jul 24, 2013 4:49:00 PM

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Secure Components is excited to announce that we have become the first company to be certified to the SAE AS6081 Counterfeit Avoidance StandardIn the spring of 2013, Secure Components participated in the first accredited AS6081 third-party registration assessment, conducted by Det Norske Veritas (DNV).  

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Passionate Testimony - DoD Counterfeit Components DFARS Case2012-D055

Posted by Travis Thoman on Jul 24, 2013 10:23:00 AM

Secure ComponentsOn June 28th our COO, Stephan Halper, and I attended a public meeting in Washington, DC sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense to allow industry professionals to voice their ideas and concerns over  DRARS Case 2012-D055 legislation, which will impact how the defense industry deals with the counterfeit component epidemic the industry faces within its supply chain. 

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CAMA-Counterfeit Components Epidemic Flight 214

Posted by Todd Kramer on Jul 8, 2013 9:51:00 PM

CAMAIn discussion with other Counterfeit Avoidance Mark Alliance (CAMA) board members the news of Flight 214 crashing in San Francisco was the single topic of the day. News video of the plane crash landing made us cringe while at the same time reminded us just how important the success of counterfeit avoidance/mitigation really is.  CAMA is based on the SAE’s Standards AS6081, AS5553A and AS6174 and the International IECQ Conformity Assessment Certification Program, IECQ-AP-CAP

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July 23rd Webinar – First Ever Accredited Anti-Counterfeit Certification Program

Posted by Todd Kramer on Jul 1, 2013 3:14:00 PM

 

WebiinarThe introductions of Anti-Counterfeit Certification Programs which are governed by the new Standards AS6081, AS5553, & AS6174 have induced big change for the supply chain.   Moving a person to do things under uncertainty is often difficult – the first thing they do is freeze.   Naturally, they are scared of what they might lose.    The second thing that occurs is that when people or organizations are uncertain, they don’t look internally at themselves for the answers, because more often than not, they see ambiguity and their own lack of confidence.   Instead we look for outside sources, a center of excellence in which information can reduce the uncertainty.

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AS6081 Counterfeit Avoidance Standard Formally Adopted by Department of Defense

Posted by Jesse Silverman, Esquire on Jul 1, 2013 12:28:00 PM

Industry has responded to the counterfeit parts epidemic in many different ways. Defense andcounterfeit parts aerospace contractors have spent a lot of time and money reassessing and reexamining their approved vendor lists. Quality departments have rewritten their flow downs. Legal departments have scrambled to redraft terms and conditions. Each company has set about their own course in establishing guidelines and requirements for their procurement departments.

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DLA's QTSL Certification Adds Aggressive Defense Against Counterfeit Microcircuits

Posted by Travis Thoman on Jun 19, 2013 2:53:00 PM

DLA QualifiedAerospace and Defense distributor Secure Components LLC has successfully completed the Defense Logistics Agency's (DLA) Qualified Testing Supplier List (QTSL) assessment and is now qualified to sell Federal Stock Classes (FSC) 5961 (Semiconductor Devices) and 5962 (Microcircuits) to the DLA. The 2-day assessment took place at Secure Components' corporate offices in Norristown, PA and was performed by DLA inspectors from Land and Maritime. The audit scrutinized Secure Components' Business & Quality Management System (BQMS) and their Counterfeit Avoidance Plan (CAP). The audit confirmed that Secure Components is compliant with the JEDEC standard JESD31 (General Requirements for Distributors of Military Semiconductor Devices), the JESD625 (Requirements for Handling Electrostatic-Discharge-Sensitive (ESDS) Devices), and is qualified to deliver material to the DLA. The QTSL certification further validates the effectiveness and robustness of the BQMS and CAP created and implemented by Secure Components.

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