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AS6081 Counterfeit Avoidance Standard: Protecting Your Supply Chain and Reducing Cost

Posted by Jesse Silverman, Esquire on Jan 16, 2014 9:27:00 AM

With most anything new questions, uncertainties and misperceptions are bound to occur. The introduction and implementation of the AS6081 Counterfeit Avoidance Standard is no different. One objection or umbrella_riskmisperception that I hear most often centers on the testing requirements called out in the standard. Similarly, I’ve encountered questions regarding why a buyer would ever engage an AS6081 certified independent distributor when there are manufacturers out there who specialize in the manufacture of otherwise obsolete components.

The goal of this blog is to address these two legitimate concerns and to shed a bit more light on the AS6081 process. Prior to engaging in an analysis of these two issues though let’s examine the reasons why we are talking about counterfeit avoidance. Note, for the purposes of this blog I am focusing on the mitigation of counterfeit electronic components. Counterfeiting of hardware is certainly a problem too – here is a link to a recent story highlighting an example of this exact thing – but AS6081 focuses exclusively on electrical, electronic and electromechanical parts. AS6174 addresses the procurement and counterfeit mitigation of materiel (all other products other than electronic parts).

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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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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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What Buyers Need to Know About the AS6081 Counterfeit Avoidance Standard

Posted by Jesse Silverman, Esquire on Jun 4, 2013 8:57:00 AM

As a buyer you are no doubt bombarded with emails and memos from your quality department with updates and amendments to your quality requirements. The language, terminology and qualityacronyms they use can be difficult to follow and comprehend. At the end of the day though, the underlying mission of your quality department is quite simple: to make certain you are purchasing authentic and quality parts.

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Google at Your Own Risk: Counterfeit Parts and Vendors In the Shadows

Posted by Jesse Silverman, Esq. on May 18, 2013 10:02:00 AM

GoogleWorking in supply chain, we’ve all been there. You have an AOG requirement and are desperate to find the part. For the purposes of this example let’s say we’re talking about a connector. The connector was obsoleted three years ago and is not available from either the OEM or franchise. Enterprising buyer that you are, you launch your web browser of choice, enter the part number into a search engine and are relieved to see that there are pages upon pages of results showing vendor upon vendor as having stock.

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