I recently heard a few questions about whether or not parts subjected to “upscreening” or other value added processes should be considered counterfeit parts. This is particularly relevant to those who use distribution sources or 3rd Party Logistics (3PL) providers to perform value added work.
The SAE G19 committee addressed this issue within AS5553. Refer to paragraph 3.2 — “Parts which have been refinished, upscreened, or uprated and have been identified as such, are not considered counterfeit.”
I first addressed this issue in early 2007, before the SAE International G19 committee existed. The following briefing is one I presented at the request of Brian Hughitt, Director of Quality at NASA and visionary who initiated the G19 committee. Within this briefing (slide 8) you will see my thoughts on this issue. I have yet to hear of other user or US Government subject matter experts who disagree with this line of thinking.
“Avoiding Counterfeit Electronic Components”
NASA Quality Leadership Forum, March 28 & 29, 2007
Counterfeit EEE Parts Panel
While alterations performed with the intent to deceive the buyer are forms of counterfeiting, value added processed are implemented by Electronics Manufacturers and Government users to assure parts will fulfill equipment performance and reliability requirements.