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New InterCEPT Classes Launched

Kristal Snider
05/02/2018

InterCEPT has launched two new classes to supplement your organization’s training requirements. Each class features handouts of the course material, quizzes, a final exam, and a certificate of completion that can easily be verified by an auditor or customer on ERAI’s website.

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Is Your Organization Prepared for a Supply Disruption?

Anne-Liese Heinichen
02/19/2018

In March 2011, the Fukushima disaster resulted in global supply disruptions of silicon wafers, automotive parts and other electronic assemblies. In February 2015, a structural fire destroyed the main plant at a GE Aviation facility located in Dowty in the UK. The facility was the sole manufacturer of propellers for Lockheed Martin’s C-130J aircraft. While we have all heard the saying “don’t put all of your eggs in one basket”, has your organization identified, documented, analyzed and prepared for a supply interruption, especially for parts from a single source of supply?

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Use Caution to Avoid Counterfeit Nichia Laser Diode Products

Kristal Snider
02/14/2018

Nichia Corporation published a press release alerting customers a “large number” of counterfeit Nichia laser diode products have entered the supply chain.

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Do Cloned Parts Exist in the Market?

Mark Snider & Anne-Liese Heinichen
02/09/2018

Let’s start with the definition of a cloned part. SAE Aerospace Standard AS6171 Test Methods Standard; General Requirements, Suspect/Counterfeit, Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Parts defines cloned parts as one of seven counterfeit part types:

A reproduction of a part produced by an unauthorized manufacturer without approval or design authority that replicates the authorized manufacturer’s part. NOTE: Cloning eliminates the large development cost of a part. Cloning can be done in two ways: by reverse engineering or by obtaining design information and/or technical data inappropriately (such as by unauthorized knowledge transfer from a person with access to the part design).

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Florida Distributors to be Imprisoned for IEEPA Violations

Anne-Liese Heinichen
12/20/2017

In October of 2016, Ali Caby, Arash Caby and Marjan Caby were charged with exporting prohibited articles to Syria. Through their Miami-based company, AW-Tronics, LLC, the defendants allegedly devised a scheme to export dual-use goods with both civilian and military applications by listing the destination of the products as “USA” while then exporting the devices to their Bulgaria office where they were forwarded to Syrian Arab Airlines, an government-run airline allegedly transporting weapons and ammunition to Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

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Enhancing Your Supplier Verification Process

Anne-Liese Heinichen
12/04/2017

With the release of DFARS 252.246.7008, supplier qualification requirements remain front and center in the US Government’s efforts to prevent counterfeit parts from entering the military supply chain. Of importance, not only to government contractors, is the topic of supplier assessment as a key element in every organization’s documented mitigation program/control plan.

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U.S. Navy Enhances Counterfeit Risk Mitigation for Weapon Systems in New Guidebook

Anne-Liese Heinichen
11/07/2017

In June, the U.S. Department of the Navy released the "Counterfeit Materiel Process Guidebook, Guidelines for Mitigating the Risk of Counterfeit Materiel in the Supply Chain". As stated within, the purpose of the guidebook "is to equip DON activities with a practical tool for implementing a risk-based counterfeit materiel prevention program and provide implementing guidance to address the requirements delineated in the DON policy.

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Don’t Get Scammed by Components-Center.com

Kristal Snider
10/27/2017

This message is a warning to any organization involved in the purchase of electronic components. There is a website, www.components-center.com, being run by malicious individuals that are paying for premium placement on Google and require payment in advance for goods, but never ship the ordered product. This website has been set up with the intent to commit fraud.

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How To Spot A Counterfeit Part- The Counterfeit Determination Dilemma

Anne-Liese Heinichen
10/18/2017

While most government and private organizations can agree upon the definition of a counterfeit part, how, who and when to label a part as counterfeit remains a debatable issue.

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Florida Independent Distributors Plead Guilty to Exporting Prohibited Aircraft Parts to Syria

Kristal Snider
10/06/2017

Ali Caby, aka “Alex Caby”, Arash Caby, aka “Axel Caby”, and Marjan Caby plead guilty to conspiracy to (1) export goods from the United States to Syria without a license, in violation of Title 50, United States Code, Sections 1701-1 706, and Title 15, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 746.9(a),. (2) export goods from the United States to Specially Designated National Syrian Arab Airlines without a license, in violation of Title 50, United States Code, Sections 1701-1706, and Title 31, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 594.204., and (3) defraud the United States government by interfering with and obstructing a lawful government function by deceit, craft, trickery, and dishonest means, all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.

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