Counterfeit Materiel; Assuring Acquisition of Authentic and Conforming Fasteners
Purpose and Applicability
The purpose of this document is to provide detailed requirements to preclude the use of counterfeit fasteners in end-item equipment where the consequence of such use cannot be tolerated. This document is mandatory when the Customer has invoked it in the contract.
The requirements of this document are intended to supplement the requirements of a higher level quality standard (e.g., AS/EN/JISQ9100, ISO-9001, ANSI/ASQC E4, ASME NQA-1, AS9120, AS9003, and ISO/TS 16949 or equivalent) and other quality management system documents.
Fasteners are defined as United States Federal Supply Classification Group codes as shown in the following list:
5310 Nuts and Washers
5315 Nails, Machine Keys, and Pins
5325 Fastening Devices
5340 Miscellaneous Hardware - Specific parts in this hardware industry code are applicable, including but not limited to clamps, hinges, coiled insert fasteners and clinch-nut fasteners.
This document applies to metallic and non-metallic components that mechanically attaches two or more objects: fasteners, screws, bolts, rivets (blind, solid, tubular), inserts, washers, nuts, latching handles, clamps, pins, nails, retainers, or etc. If locking or treatment elements such as glue, adhesives, anti-galling, lubricant, or other materials are part of the fastener specifications then those items are within the scope of this document.
For metallic raw materials used in the manufacturing of fasteners, refer to SAE AS6279 Standard Practice for Production, Distribution, and Procurement of Metal Stock.
This document does not include connectors such as pneumatic or hydraulic fittings, other types of hardware, glue or adhesives including connectors with fasteners with or without adhesive bonds.
Appendices A, B and C are used as guidance and are not mandatory for use unless otherwise mandated for use in the Organization’s contract.
Rationale: This standard was created in response to continually evolving, significant and increasing risk of suspect counterfeit or counterfeit fasteners entering the supply chain, posing significant performance, reliability and safety risks. This document adds commodity specific requirements to prevent the acquisition and use of suspect counterfeit or counterfeit fasteners.