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Supplier Selection, Choosing Wisely

Anne-Liese Heinichen
05/02/2019

In the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Harrison Ford’s character is forced by a Nazi cooperator to find the Holy Grail to save his father from certain death. From a table replete with various different chalices, the evil Nazi incorrectly chooses the most ornate one and subsequently dies. The Crusader knight that has been guarding the Grail admonishes, “he chose poorly”. Indiana Jones picks the simple wooden chalice by intuitively guessing it would be the cup of a carpenter (Jesus) and saves the day. The Crusader knight confirms his choice with, “you have chosen wisely”. Unfortunately, selecting a supplier for your organization is not as cut and dry as in the movies. Recent examples reported by ERAI highlight extra steps that you should take prior to adding a company to your AVL.

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TM-04 Counterfeit Inspection and Testing of Electronic Parts Surface Testing and Criteria for Acceptance or Rejection Class Launched

Anne-Liese Heinichen
03/05/2019

A new class has been added to InterCEPT’s suite of counterfeit inspection and testing of electronic parts study course. TM-04 provides an in-depth discussion of surface testing associated with detecting counterfeit electronic parts. It references both the IDEA 1010B standard and SAE AS6171 requirements for surface inspection. The class includes video footage and images from a test lab to help the student understand how surface testing is performed. Device images are reviewed so that the student can recognize the criteria for acceptance and rejection.

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Fraud Alert- High Risk Websites That Take Your Money and Run

Kristal Snider
02/12/2019

This message is a warning to any organization involved in the purchase of electronic components. ERAI has identified numerous websites 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. These sites have been set up with the intent to commit fraud. Dozens of victims have come forward sharing nearly identical experiences.

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Independent Distributor Pleads Guilty to Supplying Counterfeits to US Military

Anne-Liese Heinichen
01/24/2019

Independent distributor Rogelio Vasquez, aka Roger Vasquez aka James Harrison, pleaded guilty on December 27, 2018 to knowingly supplying counterfeit parts to the US military including parts that were historically used in military applications including the B-1 Lancer Bomber aircraft. If the counterfeit ICs had been used in the B-1, they, “would have likely caused impairment of the combat operations, or other significant harm to a combat operation because a failure of the counterfeit ICs would impact the B-1’s operational capabilities."

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ERAI Adds New Alert Type - Cybersecurity Risk Alerts

Anne-Liese Heinichen
11/14/2018

In recent months, ERAI has noted an increase in unsolicited emails that contain malicious software attachments. Malicious software, or “malware”, can be used to steal personal and/or corporate information and commit fraud for financial and economic gains by individuals, corporations, criminals, terrorists or governments. ERAI has added a new type of alert to the ERAI database to warn ERAI subscribers of this potential risk.

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Clarifications and Additions to United States Trade Representative Section 301 China Tariffs

Anne-Liese Heinichen
08/09/2018

As a response to China’s “unfair” trade practices related to the transfer of American intellectual property and technology, a 25% tariff went into effect on July 6, 2018. The tariff covers 818 product types, as defined by their corresponding Harmonized Tariff Schedule (“HTS”) codes, manufactured in China and imported into the United States. This article aims to clarify how the tariff is assessed and applied by US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and provides sample scenarios and additional information in a question and answer format.

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SAE Releases "A" Revision to AS6171 Slash Sheet 2

07/11/2018

On October 30, 2016, SAE International released aerospace standard AS6171 in order to standardize "inspection and test procedures, workmanship criteria, and minimum training and certification requirements to detect Suspect/Counterfeit (SC) Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical (EEE) parts." The standard is intended to be implemented on parts that do not have traceability to the Original Component Manufacturer, on parts that have been purchased from brokers or independent distributors, or parts where the end user is concerned about the potential of suspect counterfeit parts.

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The Battle Continues Against Unregulated E-Waste

Kristal Snider
06/18/2018

In the Q2-2016 edition of INSIGHT, readers were encouraged to become familiar with and support H.R. 5579, the Secure-E-waste Export Recycling Act (SEERA), a bill that was introduced to control the export of electronic waste in order to ensure that such waste does not become a source of counterfeit goods that may reenter military and civilian electronics supply chains. Along with two previous bipartisan bills, H.R. 2284 and H.R. 2791, Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, H.R. 5579 fell short of becoming a law or “died” in the 114th Congress. A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books. On February 7, 2017 H.R. 917: Secure E-Waste Export and Recycling Act, picked up where H.R. 5579 left off and was introduced into the 115th Congress where it was referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

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2017 ERAI Reported Parts Analysis

Damir Akhoundov
06/14/2018

ERAI reported a total of 771 suspect counterfeit and nonconforming parts in 2017, which shows a marked decline from the last several years, despite an increase in global semiconductor sales. The decline, while interesting in itself, cannot be considered a change in the overall trend without taking into consideration data from future years. Factors that could cause this decline include better anti-counterfeiting procedures taken by organizations during the procurement process, more counterfeit parts being prevented from entering the supply chain through customs seizures and detentions, lack of enforcement of industry and government reporting requirements, and perhaps, some counterfeiters have reduced their activities due to improved and new counterfeit detection techniques. On the other hand, it may also indicate that more sophisticated counterfeiting techniques are resulting in fewer counterfeit parts being detected and, therefore, reported to ERAI. It will be interesting to see if this trend persists through 2018 or whether the decline was only temporary.

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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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