InterCEPT has developed two new certification programs designed for individual students in the electronics industry who want to take an extra step to further their counterfeit mitigation knowledge. Counterfeit techniques and, accordingly, detection methods and avoidance best practices are constantly changing and evolving. InterCEPT Certification programs are designed to verify an individual’s technical knowledge and skills and provide recognition to the individual’s commitment to quality.
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.
Earlier this month, Advanced Component Testing, an independent electronic component test lab, performed a gap analysis between AS6171 and AS6081 to demonstrate the heightened stringency required by the newer AS6171 standard. The results of the comparison were captured in the enclosed paper.