The article outlines many ways that a component, although looking authentic could actually be counterfeit. “Some counterfeit parts are like counterfeit money, unauthorized copies. Other cases include mislabeled parts, where parts meant for one purpose are relabeled for another by changing the part number. Specifically, parts built for consumer purposes can be illicitly changed, appearing to be suitable for the extreme rigors of military or aerospace use. Even authentic parts with the correct model number can become counterfeit when they are improperly recycled and marked as new,” writes Mr. Federico.
The article discusses the necessity to perform a variety of electrical tests over a range of operating temperatures to identify counterfeit and/or cloned electronic components. The use of counterfeit or cloned electronic components can be harmful as the parts may fail in use where an authentic part would not fail. The electrical testing outlined in the article is one part of NJ MET’s Mission Imposter® Counterfeit Component Risk Mitigation program developed by Joseph Federico several years ago.
The article is the featured in the October 8th RF Globalnet Newsletter. RF Globalnet is a leading source of cutting-edge technical information about RF/microwave technology, serving the RF/microwave design industry. The newsletter can be found at http://www.rfglobalnet.com/
NJ MET provides professional electronic component testing to the Commercial, Military, Aerospace, Industrial and Automotive fields worldwide. Its Mission Imposter® Counterfeit Components Detection Process identifies counterfeit or cloned products. You can visit the NJ MET web site at http://www.njmetmtl.com for a full list of their testing services or call VP and Director Joseph Federico at (973) 546-5393 at NJ MET's main laboratory.