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New data from the Electronic Reseller Association International (ERAI) suggests the number of counterfeit electronic products in circulation is increasing and industrial businesses lose approximately $250 billion each year as a result, reports Manufacturing.net

“Discovering a part is counterfeit causes financial problems, and insurance claims will be void if the component in question is not covered by an OEM guarantee. If this is the case, and a free replacement is off the cards, this creates an entirely new task of sourcing and purchasing the part from a legitimate provider.”

How do you typically discover if a part is counterfeit?

ERAI says that many of the parts submitted to them are reported after failing an external visual inspection, remarking and resurfacing testing or AC/DC electrical testing. In many cases companies continue to rely mainly on these tests, despite advances in counterfeiting techniques, because they are relatively inexpensive and do not require costly specialized equipment to perform.

“However, some non-conformances can only be uncovered using more advanced testing techniques such as decapsulation and electrical testing on a dedicated platform. Advanced testing may be necessary, dependent on application risk, which is why clear dialogue with your customer is key,” they say.

For more help in this area, Astute Electronics offer very reliable on-site labs for carrying out a range of destructive and non-destructive testing, as shown here:

Astute is a highly accredited, quality-driven procurement expert, with a list of clients that includes the world’s leading defence suppliers. Our mission is to shield you against inferior quality products and services. As such, our operations are run in accordance with quality processes including AS6081 that mitigates the risks of purchasing and supplying fraudulent/counterfeit electronic parts.

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