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New SAE International Standard Verifies Aerospace Electronics Parts; Fights Counterfeit Components

WARRENDALE, Pa., Feb. 14, 2012 - To meet the needs of the global aerospace industry, SAE International has issued a new technical standard to combat the increasing volume of fraudulent and counterfeit electronic parts entering the aerospace supply chain. Such counterfeit parts can pose significant risks to performance, reliability and safety for aircraft.

The new standard, “Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Tool for Risk Assessment of Distributors – ARP6178,” helps to assure customer satisfaction with regards to the products manufactured by aerospace industry organizations. The standard requires that such products must meet or exceed regulatory authority requirements; it essentially provides a checklist that buyers can use to evaluate parts brokers.

ARP6178 also supplements two other SAE International technical standards dealing with counterfeit aerospace parts:

  • Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation – AS5553,” which was adopted by NASA and the Department of Defense and standardizes methods for electronic counterfeit part mitigation outlining processes for electronic design/parts management, supplier management, procurement, part verification, materials control, and response strategies when suspect parts are found; and
  • Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Avoidance Protocol, Distributors – AS6081,” which describes a program that certifies distributors/suppliers to the requirements of AS5553. While it assists distributors in implementing a risk mitigation program, it maintains certified distributors of electronic components whose use of these controls is designed to ensure delivery of authentic products.

“Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Tool for Risk Assessment of Distributors – ARP6178” is issued by SAE International’s G-19DR Distributor Risk Characterization Committee.

For more information on the standard, call 1-724-772-8522 or email pr@sae.org .

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