John Szczsponik, senior vice president at Texas Instruments; George Langer, worldwide program manager at Intel; and Andrew Olney, director of quality at Analog Devices, recommend the following steps to help thwart counterfeiters:
Component makers should
- Take back as much unused inventory as possible so it wont be resold in the open market.
- Scrap defective components themselves or independently verify that a second or third party has done so.
- Make access to authorized channels as easy as possible, such as putting a distributor site one click away from the suppliers site.
- Make it possible for customers to verify that a part is authentic. Intel embeds software in its microprocessors that allows customers to do this.
- Steer customers toward companies such as Rochester Electronics, which is authorized to distribute excess inventory and manufacture obsolete components.
- Take legal action against counterfeiters when possible.
- Register their trademark with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
- Develop an approved procurement list in addition to an approved vendor list (AVL). An AVL specifies only what component to buynot where it should be bought.
- Stop selling excess components into the open market.
- Stop buying products on the open market simply because they are cheaper: If parts are available through authorized channels, buy them there.
- Share incidences of counterfeit part availability or component failure with component vendors: The vendors may be able to trace the component back to the counterfeit.
- Contact their supplier if they suspect that a part is not authentic.
- Chip makers step up anti-counterfeiting efforts.
By Barbara Jorgensen, Senior Editor Electronic Business, 10/31/2006
Brian Hughitt from NASA Headquarters, Office of Safety and Mission Assurance suggests those for the disposition of counterfeit parts:
- Do not return to seller!
- Impound and Quarantine
- Report to other stakeholders/buyers (GIDEP, ERAI)
- Report to criminal investigative authorities