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“A metals manufacturer faked test results and provided faulty materials to NASA, causing more than $700 million in losses and two failed satellite launch missions, according to an investigation by the U.S. space agency.
The fraud involved an Oregon company called Sapa Profiles Inc., which falsified thousands of certifications for aluminum parts over 19 years for hundreds of customers, including NASA….”
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In recent years, the awareness of counterfeit parts has increased, with reports of counterfeits discovered in high-reliability systems, critical life support and process control equipment. This has focused the spotlight on suspect counterfeit part detection methods, supply-chain management and the ability of laboratory techniques to uncover suspect parts that might be produced using sophisticated counterfeit creation methods.
On May 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern, join Dr. Bhanu Sood, commodity risk assessment engineer at Goddard Space Flight Center, for the webinar “Overview of Recent Developments in Voluntary Consensus Standards for Counterfeit Parts.”
Sood will provide an introduction to the landscape of standards associated with the supply chain, training, accreditation and laboratory techniques used for detecting suspect counterfeit parts. Sood will also discuss the latest industry standards for laboratory testing, which standardize practices to detect suspect counterfeit parts and ensure consistency across the supply chain for test techniques and requirements.
How to Attend
There is no fee to attend this event and advance registration is not required; however, you will be asked to log in once you access the webcast.
The SMTA and the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) announce the technical program for the Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials this June 25-27, 2019 in College Park, Maryland.
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Technology theft and other unfair business practices originating from China are costing the American economy more than $57 billion a year, White House officials believe, and they expect that figure to grow.
Yet an investigation by NPR and the PBS television show Frontline into why three successive administrations failed to stop cyberhacking from China found an unlikely obstacle for the government — the victims themselves.
In dozens of interviews with U.S. government and business representatives, officials involved in commerce with China said hacking and theft were an open secret for almost two decades, allowed to quietly continue because U.S. companies had too much money at stake to make waves. …
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