A Case Study – “Counterfeit capacitors in the supply chain”

The following paper presents an interesting case study and investigation into a suspect counterfeit capacitor finding …

Counterfeit capacitors in the supply chain
Anshul Shrivastava, Michael Pecht
DOI 10.1007/s10854-013-1147-9
Journal: Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics

The bottom line…

“… Distributors and circuit card assemblers must be vigilant with regards to their sources and have proper certifications and shipping paperwork. This is one part of the effort that needs to be required by end users to ensure the proper pedigree of components needed to meet the higher environmental requirements demanded by military programs. All components, even passive components such as capacitors, require this due diligence. …”


While the description of the forensic work in this paper is very thorough, there are a number of details missing necessary to better understand the supply chain integrity issues associated with “authorized distributors” based on this particular incident. In order to clear a few points up within my own mind, I sent a number of questions to the authors.
Based on what I see within this paper despite the missing details indicates to me that the work being performed by the G-19AD subcommittee should go a long way.


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