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Challenges of Electronic Parts and their Impacts on Consumer and Industrial Products the Focus of New SAE International Book

WARRENDALE, Pa., Nov. 25, 2014 -

Electronic parts are used throughout industry to run everyday products, such as cell phones, and also highly technical products, such as aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. SAE International’s new book, “Counterfeit Electronic Parts and Their Impact on Supply Chains,” examines how counterfeit parts are negatively affecting the aviation, spacecraft, and defense sectors and what can be done about it.

Unlike cell phones, which are often replaced every year, the highly technical products may remain in service from 20 to more than 80 years. But what happens if the original electronic part, with a life cycle of 18 months, is no longer available? Some manufacturers have discovered that they have unwittingly purchased counterfeit ones.

As the inflow of counterfeit electronic parts does not appear to be slowing down, “Counterfeit Electronic Parts and Their Impact on Supply Chains” investigates the possible solutions to combat the issue, including legislation and standards, and other solutions that are government driven but that may be impacted by continuing budget cuts.

Edited by Kirsten M. Koepsel, the book also presents a high-level compilation of supply chain best practices identified in a survey of electronic parts manufacturers and government contractors.

With more than 30 years in engineering, production support, research, environmental, manufacturing assistance and policy, Koepsel has a unique view when examining the impact of counterfeits on the supply chain. Her 10 years in the defense industry involves working in different areas of manufacturing, including design phase for advanced programs such as the National Aerospace Plane and floor support for current programs such as the F-16.

Book details:

- Published By: SAE International
- Binding: Softbound
- Product Code: T-130
- ISBN: 978-0-7680-7800-8
- Price: $99.00; SAE Members save up to 20% off list price.

For more information, including free front and back matter, or to order “Counterfeit Electronic Parts and Their Impact on Supply Chains,” visit: 

To request an electronic review copy of the book, email Forward published reviews to Shawn Andreassi at or SAE International, 400 Commonwealth Dr., Warrendale PA, 15096-0001, or to receive a print copy of the book or another equivalent SAE International book.

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