Category Archives: Traceability

Technical Program Announced – CALCE/SMTA Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials

Technical Symposium and Expo: June 26-28, 2018
Workshops: June 28, 2018
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
College Park, MD

Technical session topics include:

  • What is being Counterfeited – Within and Beyond electronics?
  • Are the Standards Adequate to Protect You?
  • Panel Discussion – Challenges with AS671 Accreditation–Can it Handle Obsolete Parts?
  • Technological Solutions: Tagging, Tracing, Authenticating
  • How the US Government Agencies are Reacting
  • How to Detect Counterfeit Parts with Confidence
  • Bringing Information Security in the Solution Space
  • Impacts on Industry and Society

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Thoughts on Improvements to DFARS 252.246-7007 and 7008

Recent discussions with Industry and US Government subject matter experts identify a few areas where new regulations could be improved. Here are what I consider to be the more important areas to address.  Continue reading

IPC Standards Activity for “Traceability of Critical Items Based on Risk”

The IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries established a task group to develop a new standard …

IPC-1782, Standard for Traceability of Critical Items Based on Risk

According to the IPC 2-19A Critical Components Traceability Task Group…

“This standard will establish minimum requirements for traceability of items throughout the entire supply chain, with particular initial emphasis on component traceability through the manufacturing and assembly processes (e.g.; SMT, mechanical assemblies, test, etc.). Minimum traceability requirements will be based on the IPC classification system (Class 1, Class 2, Class 3) and/or another set of categories of compliance (e.g.; IPC-2610 Grades A, B, and C) based on the business model/economic needs of the end-use market for the final product (telecom, aerospace, automotive, and/or consumer electronics) or a part within that product. The standard will apply to all critical parts, components, and items as defined by the Purchaser and Supplier of equipment used in the manufacture of printed wiring assemblies, as well as mechanical assemblies. The criticality of these items will be agreed to by the purchaser and supplier through the use of this standard and MIL Standard 882-E.”

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Docket DARS-2015-0038, Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts–Further Implementation (DFARS Case 2014-D005

Comment period is closed for Docket DARS-2015-0038, Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts–Further Implementation (DFARS Case 2014-D005).
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And More on The Role of Traceability and Inspections, Tests and Other Methods in Counterfeit Electronic Part Avoidance (Part 3)

A reader of this blog approached me with an excellent question about my 24 March post More On The Role Of Traceability And Inspections, Tests And Other Methods In Counterfeit Electronic Part Avoidance. In this post, I stated that an organization could “(c) apply inspections, tests and other methods designed to intercept and avoid the use of counterfeits when unable to confirm traceability to the OCM or the OCM’s authorized distributors.” The reader, however, cannot find support for that contingency in DFARS 252.246-7007. I wish to share my response ….

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The Role of Traceability and Inspections, Tests and Other Methods in Counterfeit Electronic Part Avoidance (Part 1)

Earlier this week, a US DoD colleague asked me to post more thoughts on traceability in the context of counterfeit parts avoidance.  Here is my current view on subject…  Continue reading

Traceability Requirements to Avoid Counterfeit Electronic Parts – the G19CI proposal

The SAE G19CI committee recently put forward a proposed revision to AS5553 for ballot. This proposed revision included the following requirement …

“Traceability of EEE Parts acquired from other than Authorized Suppliers shall be tracked to the lowest level of serialized assemblies.”

I can interpret this requirement in several ways. Here are a few examples … Continue reading

Ruminations … Chapter 2: Circuitous Paths

The introduction to this series of essays included a brief a discussion of the movement of parts among the more prominent players within the electronic part supply chain. The following diagram includes a depiction of the flow of parts from Original Component Manufacturers (OCMs) to Authorized Distributors to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and to Contract Manufacturers (CMs).

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Plant DNA & Micron Patterns: DLA Gets High-Tech Vs. Counterfeiters — Breaking Defense

“There’re a lot of chiselers out there,” Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek sighed. Congressional angst over counterfeit parts has understandably focused on ersatz electronics, many of them from much-mistrusted China, but as head of the Defense Logistics Agency, Harnitchek has found fakes in everything from air filters to rubber tubing. “There’re folks that counterfeit those, believe it or not,”

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