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Kramer T.,Secure Components LLC
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2014

Todd Kramer shares his views on the steps that need to be taken for determining testing requirements for components from unauthorized sources. There are two main types of testing, such as physical inspection and electrical inspection. Physical inspections include categories such as interior testing, exterior testing, and material analysis. Blacktop testing, marking permanency, and physical dimension evaluation are some examples of specific physical tests. Electrical inspection is a term which encompasses parametric and functional testing, along with burn-in and structural tests. Circuit card that will be used in a microwave oven will require less stringent testing than one which is destined for the control systems of a military aircraft. This factor needs to be considered when determining which testing procedures should be utilized for a batch of parts.


Kramer T.,Secure Components Inc.
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2014

Todd Kramer, CEO of Secure Components LLC, recognizes the threat counterfeit electronics pose to the United States. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released to the public on February 21, 2012, counterfeit and bogus electronic components, parts which are not associated with any actual electronic parts, are readily available across numerous Internet-based purchasing platforms. There are instances where the electronic waste is recycled and transformed for making counterfeit electronics. In an effort to counteract this practice, President Obama signed into law Section 818 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012. Reporting requirements under Section 818 is a new necessity that trustworthy suppliers must implement into their procedures. The author believes the need for immediate and swift action is essential from all levels of the supply chain.


Kramer T.,Secure Components LLC
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2014

Consumer and industrial businesses are losing approximately $250 billion each year because of counterfeit components. Businesses should be focusing on integrating their counterfeit avoidance plans into their quality management system to secure their supply chains and protect their business from counterfeit components. Ethical recyclers should be certified to ensure they will properly dispose of the toxic ingredients in discarded computers, printers, mobile devices, and other systems, to gain the valuable precious metals they contain with little environmental harm. Each time electronic e-waste is submitted to a recycling company that is not certified to properly dispose of those components, they are potentially polluting their supply chain. It increases the likelihood that those components could be used to fuel the counterfeit epidemic. Standards such as AS553A and AS6081 provide guidance for implementing counterfeit avoidance for manufacturers and independent distributors.


Kramer T.,Secure Components LLC
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2014

Todd Kramer, CEO of Secure Components LLC, shares some tips on protecting supply chain from counterfeits and liability. Recognizing the impact of utilizing such suppliers, in December of 2011, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Section 818 was signed into law. While this law is a step in the right direction with regard to counterfeit mitigation, it contains a serious ambiguity, the term 'trusted supplier' is left undefined. In order to better interpret the term, one can consult a number of industry resources, such as the SAE International AS6081, AS5553-A and ARP6178 Recommended Practice documents. There is no doubt the term trusted supplier needs to be better defined, an industry-wide standard definition would be the ideal. However, as such a definition has not yet been provided by any regulatory organization. Finally, industry should supplement their use of objective tools and standards like those mentioned above with some common sense.


Kramer T.,Secure Components LLC
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2014

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) implemented its own program to proactively address the risk of counterfeits in the defense supply chain via its Qualified Testing Suppliers List (QTSL) program and DNA marking requirements. The combination of these two programs allows the DLA to establish a new form of traceability on items that are needed, but have become obsolete and no longer have the required traceability paperwork. The unique SigNature® DNA mark is created by Applied DNA Sciences, a New York-based biotech company that has developed proprietary DNA marking and authentication platforms to mitigate the risk of counterfeit escapes by assuring authenticity, establishing provenance and providing supply chain integrity. Once applied to a component, this mark cannot be washed off, even by the most aggressive industrial treatments. These marks have also proven extremely resilient to extreme conditions such as heat, cold, abrasion and radiation, among others.


Kramer T.,Secure Components LLC
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2014

High-quality independent distributors are critical to supply chain-wide counterfeit mitigation. independent distributors help to prevent line-down situations by providing needed parts where they cannot be obtained through authorized distributors or OEMs. This occurs frequently when parts are out of production (obsolete) or on allocation. qualified and certified independent distributors provide valuable support to protect the supply chain in the event you are unable to buy parts from authorized distributors. Independent component distributors add value to the electronic components market in numerous ways that authorized distributors cannot. Certification, transparency, and testing are the things that a manufacturer should look for in an independent supplier. An additional factor that should be taken into consideration is the firm's background.


Kramer T.,Secure Components LLC
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2014

The Department of Defense has issued Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts (DFARS Case 2012-D055); Final Rule. The purpose of this rule is to clarify the sections of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2012 and 2013, which deal with counterfeit parts. One of the main components of the DFARS is the clarification of two key definitions: 'counterfeit part' and 'trusted supplier.' These two terms are both major components of NDAA Section 818, which among other things, requires the use of trusted suppliers in order to mitigate the proliferation of counterfeits. In order for a part to be considered counterfeit under DFARS, it must be substituted for a legitimate part with the intent of deceit. This eliminates the possibility that parts might be considered counterfeit as a result of manufacturing defects or improper handling.

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