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05 October 2015

Electronic Counterfeits: Can they be avoided?

The global rise in Counterfeiting in the past 10 years

The issues surrounding electronic counterfeit has been within the public’s eye for many years, however the intensity and complexity of the problem has only become obvious over the past 10 years, and more so over the most recent 5 years.

Electronic Counterfeit is not something that is to be                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 taken lightly. Components that are not genuine can fail to perform under the most critical circumstances, and can lead to endangering the lives of the general public.

The dangers of Counterfeit Components:

An example of such an event could be Counterfeits that have been discovered in missile guidance systems, which causes serious security problems for the U.S Department of Defence.

As well as missile guidance systems, electronic counterfeit components have also been found in everyday items such as servers, routers and storage hardware, though less dangerous, this is still not acceptable, and needs to be prevented.

One way of monitoring and avoiding Counterfeit components is Serialization technology. This includes components being given a universal unique ID serial number which can then be identified by all.

Some companies apply this technique when labelling components; however, not all do, creating a lot of different ‘home-grown’ barcodes for the same component, allowing Counterfeits to enter the supply chain.

Anti Counterfeit, Inspection and Testing Procedures:

Here at Cyclops electronics, we follow strict guidelines and procedures when it comes to inspecting for Counterfeit Components.

To enhance our strict ISO 9001 quality and testing procedures we also use the Sentry Counterfeit Detector from ABI Electronics to ensure the authenticity of devices and to protect you from Counterfeit products.

In addition, we also have the capability to conduct X-Ray, X-Ray Fluorescence, high resolution microscopy and dimensional analysis and decapsulation tests to further screen our components. Each step is made with the utmost care to help combat Counterfeiting.

Does this work?

When last analysed Cyclops Electronics RMA rate was less than 0.05% of all lines shipped, giving you complete peace of mind that your production lines, and your profitability, won’t be compromised by counterfeit components when purchasing from us.

If you want to know more about our Counterfeit Procedures, you can give us a call on 01904 435 456 or email via sales@cyclops-electronics.com. We are always here to help!

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