Industry leaders speak out on counterfeit parts

Sept. 4, 2013
SAE International to host counterfeit parts avoidance seminar in Montreal, September 27

Education and standards-setting group SAE International will host an anti-counterfeit seminar for manufacturing and electronics industry professionals later this month. The group’s “Counterfeit Parts Avoidance Symposium” will update attendees on rulemaking activity surrounding counterfeit electronic parts and will also cover key topics such as mitigating risk in the open market, the status of current industry standards, product obsolescence strategies and more. The meeting will be held September 27 in Montreal.

The event is billed as an open technical forum on the negative effects of counterfeit electronic parts and the process to mitigate that impact on business, with special emphasis on the risks that counterfeit components pose to aerospace and defense manufacturers. The day-long meeting will include a series of presentations followed by a panel discussion with industry experts.

Industry sponsors include Arrow Electronics, Mouser Electronics and New York-based independent distributor North Shore Components. Speakers include executives from across the supply chain as well as from government and defense organizations.

In the supply chain management portion of the event, Mouser’s Chuck Amsden, director of quality, will present “Mitigating Counterfeit in the Authorized Supply Chain with AS6496,” which is the latest SAE standard in development for dealing with counterfeit electronics in authorized distribution.

“Upon completion, this standard will define the requirements for distributors operating in the authorized supply chain for mitigating counterfeits,” Amsden explains. “In my presentation, I will walk through the current draft, and point out many of the major details that differentiate AS6496 from previous standards.”

Other presentation categories include an update to SAE Standards and National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requirements; a look at state-of-the-art industry practices surrounding counterfeit parts; counterfeit part risk analysis; and component obsolescence risk management.

An afternoon panel discussion will offer a “how-to” on SAE standards with industry leaders Phil Zulueta, chairman of SAE’s G-19 committee; Kevin Sink of distributor TTI; Henry Livingston of global defense, aerospace and security company BAE Systems; Diganta Das of the Center for Advanced Lifecycle Engineering (CALCE); Sultan Ali Lilani of testing firm Integra Technologies; Keith Gregory, partner with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.; and Janice Meraglia of DNA technology company Applied DNA Sciences.

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