Counterfeit Components: Counterfeit Management and Best Practices


iNEMI Tech Topic Series: Counterfeit Components
Counterfeit Management and Best Practices  
November 7, 2023

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This second session focused on standards that address issues related to counterfeits, such as detection, traceability, mitigation, reporting and more. ‚Äč


Counterfeit Avoidance and Detection: An Overview of SAE Standards
Michael Azarian, PhD (CALCE, University of Maryland)
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Michael provides an overview of the state of SAE standards that are applicable to counterfeit avoidance and detection.  The suite of standards applies to different parts of the supply chain — from OEMS to distributors to test laboratories.  He discusses the importance of the accreditation activities as part of these standards and how the array of test methods enhances the ability to detect the latest and most carefully produced counterfeit parts.

Counterfeit Reporting Trends 2022
Richard Smith (ERAI)
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Richard gives an overview of the number and scope of counterfeit parts reported to ERAI since 2005 as well as changes in trends for counterfeit parts in recent years. Historically, analog IC have been the most reported counterfeit part type but over the past five years, more programmable, microprocessor, and memory ICs were reported along with spikes in transistors and capacitors during the COVID years.  He also discusses the misconception that obsolete parts are leading the way in reported counterfeits whereas the reality is over 60% are still actively manufactured parts.

Counterfeit Materials vs. Sustainable Business Models
Michael Ford (Aegis Software)
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Michael talks about how the counterfeiters are getting better and better at producing more parts and that the original part manufacturers need to look at different solutions to combat these more savvy counterfeiters. He identifies a solution that could deter counterfeits by providing more transparency for parts via the development of an automated digital credential.


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About the Speakers

Michael H. Azarian, Ph.D.
CALCE, University of Maryland

Michael H. Azarian is a Research Scientist at the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) at the University of Maryland. His research is focused on the analysis, detection, prediction, and prevention of failures in electronic and electromechanical products. He has over 150 publications on electronic packaging, component reliability, prognostics and health management, and tribology, and holds 6 U.S. patents. Prior to joining CALCE in 2004, he spent more than 13 years in the data storage, advanced materials, and fiber optics industries. 
Dr. Azarian is chairman of the SAE G-19A standards committee on detection of counterfeit parts, which is responsible for the AS6171 and AS6810 family of standards. He is also chairman of the standards committee for IEEE 1624 on organizational reliability capability. He holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. 

Michael Ford
Senior Director of Emerging Industry Strategy
Aegis Software

Working for Aegis Software provides Michael the opportunity to apply his experience with electronics assembly manufacturing software to further drive technology solution innovation, satisfying evolving business needs in modern digital manufacturing. Throughout his career, including eight years working in Japan, Michael has been instrumental in creating and evolving revolutionary software solutions for assembly manufacturing that meet the most demanding expectations.

Today, Michael is an established thought leader for Industry 4.0 data-driven manufacturing, and an active contributor to industry standards. In 2023, Michael was recognized by IPC with the Hillman-Lambert award for contributions to standards including CFX, cyber-security, traceability, secure supply-chain and digital twin standards. Michael regularly contributes articles, columns and blogs in several leading industry publications. 

Paul Hale, Ph.D.
Acting Program Manager
Metrology and Advanced Packaging with CHIPS Metrology

Dr. Paul Hale is the Acting Program Manager of Metrology and for Advanced Packaging with CHIPS metrology. Prior to this assignment, he was Chief of the RF Technology Division in NIST’s Communications Technology Laboratory. During his career at NIST, his work has focused on providing traceability to the International System of Units (SI) for the microwave, high-speed electronics, and optoelectronics industries, including the development of seven measurement services. 

Dr. Hale’s recent work has focused on traceable physical measurements for 5G supply chain security and coordinating the NIST R&D metrology effort in response to the CHIPS Act. He was the technical lead on the National Advanced Spectrum and Communication Test Network (NASCTN) test plan development for measuring the user equipment (UE) aggregate long term evolution (LTE) emissions in the AWS-3 Band in 2017 and technical co-lead on the NASCTN 3.5 GHz radar waveform measurements in 2016. 

Dr. Hale is an IEEE Fellow, an Ex Officio member of the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) Board of Directors and is chair of the RF working group (GT-RF) of the Consultative Committee on Electromagnetics at the BIPM. He has authored or coauthored over 110 technical publications. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Applied Physics, both from the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO.


Richard Smith
Vice President of Business Development
ERAI, Inc.

For 35 years, Richard Smith has served as an electronic component sales representative, sales manager and international vice president for manufacturers’ reps, franchises, and independent distributors. As international vice president he opened sales offices and stocking facilities in China, Mexico, Malaysia, and India. He has had the opportunity to visit customers in 26 countries and 360 cities. In 2013 Richard shifted gears and joined ERAI to provide manufacturers and distributors with tools and services to mitigate the risk posed by counterfeit parts.