Monthly Archives: January 2014

CALCE Open Seminar – Counterfeit Detection and Avoidance

On each Thursday for the next few weeks, CALCE is offering a series of free educational web-based seminars. These one-hour seminars will provide a review of a variety of techniques that can be used to improve product reliability and sharpen an organizations process.

Counterfeit Detection and Avoidance
Thursday, February 13, 2014
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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FAR / DFAR Case Update (25 January 2014)

Status updates from the ‘Open Cases Reports’ …

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FAR / DFAR Case Update (21 January 2014)

Status updates from the ‘Open Cases Reports’ …

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New DFARS Case Implementing Section 818 of the FY2012 NDAA

According to correspondence from Richard Ginman, Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, a new DFARS case was recently opened for implementing section 818 of the NDAA for FY2012 …

DFARS Case 2014-D005, “Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts—Further Implementation”

According to Mr Ginman, a public meeting is planned for FY2014.

Stay tuned for details as they become available.

FAR / DFAR Case Update (12 January 2014)

Status updates from the 12 January ‘Open Cases Reports’ …

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South Korean units restart after forgery probe – World Nuclear News

Two units at South Korea’s Yonggwang nuclear power plant have been given permission to restart by the country’s regulator. Units 5 and 6 had been offline since it was discovered that some parts had been supplied using forged certificates. …

More at World Nuclear News.

Reprogammable devices and nuances of resale on the open market

The recent announcement concerning the Xilinx-Flextronics lawsuit provoked a number of discussions concerning the practice of reselling products. Correspondence to readers of Electronic Purchasing Strategies by its Managing Editor noted a practice concerning the resale of reprogrammable products (e.g. FPGAs) ….

“ … although Xilinx products are programmed to customer specs … they can be wiped and reprogrammed. … As such, the parts have widespread use — and appeal — in the open market. …”

The resale of reprogrammable products introduce important nuances for users to consider with respect to the potential for prior use.

Do those who resell and distributors that buy and in turn resell reprogrammable devices disclose to their customers that the products had been previously programmed and “wiped clean”?

Do those who resell and distributors that buy and in turn resell previously programmed devices make any representations about how the products where handled and processed to maintain the integrity of these products?

This information may not be important to some users, but to those of us in the defense and aerospace business, this is important information to address the potential for compromised quality and reliability.

Practical Solutions for Eliminating Risk of Counterfeit Parts – 2013 SAE Counterfeit Parts Avoidance Conference

Tyler Moore, Director of Supply Assurance for Arrow Electronics, gave this presentation at the SAE 2013 Counterfeit Parts Avoidance Symposium held Sept. 27, 2013, in Montreal, Canada.