Counterfeit Electronic Parts Testing

February 16th, 2024

Join SMT Corp for a Webinar on the Evolution of the Counterfeit Electronic Parts Threat

Hear from our experts on the latest techniques being used to mask the authenticity of electronic components and the methods being deployed to mitigate the risk of introducing them to your mission-critical projects.

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February 19th, 2024

The Importance of Electrical Functional & Performance Testing as a Key Element in the EEE Component Authenticity and Quality Verification Process

While the core testing methods defined in SAE AS6171 Moderate Risk Level 2 (MRL2) can be used to provide invaluable insights regarding the chemical and physical properties of components (External Visual Inspection, Radiological Inspection, XRF, Decapsulation), these methods do not support a determination of whether the components will function as intended by the original component manufacturer (OCM), and by extension, perform per end-customer requirements. Only by the addition of functional and performance testing, can more sophisticated counterfeits, such as clones, be effectively detected.

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January 15th, 2024

SMT Corp. Expands Electrical Testing Offerings

SMT Corp, the industry leader in counterfeit electrical, electronic and electromechanical (EEE) components mitigation, has announced the expansion of its electrical testing services to include MIL-STD-750 and MIL-STD-883 testing methods.

Michael Schwarm, Chief Growth Officer, commented “The ability to support our customers with additional electrical testing solutions builds upon our world-class electrical testing capabilities used for electronic parts authentication, and remarked and cloned parts identification.”


December 11th, 2023

Why Manufacturers Must Adopt the AS6171 Standard for the Detection of Counterfeit EEE Parts

In the age of globalized manufacturing, the supply chain of electronic components has grown more complex than ever. The gray market presents an opportunity for counterfeit electronic parts to enter the system, potentially leading to fatal incidents.

This blog will present the argument for why SAE standard AS6171 is currently regarded as the most accepted and comprehensive methodology to detect and ensure counterfeit EEE components do not enter critical products and systems current.

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July 10th, 2023

Final Report: Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) Machine Vision Pilot (MVP) and Microelectronic Authenticity and Security, Evaluation and Research (MASER)

On June 12th, 2023, the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) released the Final Report on Machine Vision Pilot (MVP) and Microelectronic Authenticity and Security, Evaluation and Research (MASER). The project team was made up of contributors from The Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA), the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) at the University of Maryland at College Park, the University of Maryland College Park, and SMT Corp.  The full report can be read at MVP Maser Report. A summary of key findings regarding Machine-Vision technology and EEE counterfeit parts policy can be found at Summary of DMEA.

MVP MASER Full Report Summary of DMEA - MVT Key Findings


July 5th, 2023

SMT Corp. Assessment of AS6081 Revision A Implications to Counterfeit EEE Parts Mitigation

In April of 2023, Revision A of SAE Standard AS6081 for Counterfeit EEE parts, which governs the Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition of EEE Parts for Independent Distributors, was released.  Amongst the changes in the standard was paragraph B.1.4, Test and Inspection Requirements.  As a result of this change, the AS6081A standard now requires the supplier, in this case the independent distributor, to “comply with the inspection and test requirements of AS6171, to the extent specified by the [procuring] organization”.  The historical version of AS6081, now superseded in its entirety by AS6081A, included test methods that were specific to AS6081.  AS6081A no longer defines test methods unique to AS6081 and now references AS6171 for test and inspection methods.  This paper from SMT Corp., the industry leader in counterfeit EEE parts mitigation, responds to your questions about what this means to your organization.  

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June 2023

The Growing Threat of Counterfeit Electronic Parts in the Critical Infrastructure Supply Chain of the United States and Allies

Counterfeit electronic parts in the supply chain continues to grow in volume and sophistication, resulting in increased risk to defense and aerospace systems, as well as other critical infrastructure including communications, transportation, medical, energy, and the financial sector.   This report from SMT Corp., the industry leader in counterfeit electronic parts mitigation, assesses the latest trends in electronics counterfeiting and counterfeit mitigation, as well as the market, policies, and implications of counterfeit electronic parts in the critical infrastructure supply chain.

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