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Refurbished vs. Remarked - A Disturbing Trend

Kristal Snider
04/16/2016

Refurbished parts are defined as “parts that have been renovated in an effort to restore them to a ‘like new’ condition, e.g., leaded parts may have had their leads realigned and re-tinned and subjected to cleaning agents and chemical processing”i But what if this “restoration” process also involves altering the part’s surface and remarking?                

In recent months ERAI has identified a disturbing trend particularly, but not exclusively, involving Chinese suppliers and service providers, whereby remarked parts are being sold or identified as refurbished. It’s as if these individuals believe they have circumvented the laws that have been broken if they merely identify the parts as refurbished as opposed to new. They have not. Organizations are violating intellectual property right law even if the true nature of the part is disclosed.                


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DOD Needs to Improve Reporting and Oversight to Reduce Supply Chain Risk

Anne-Liese Heinichen
02/12/2016

This report by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) examines the use and effectiveness of GIDEP with regard to counterfeit part reporting, DOD’s efforts in the detection of counterfeit parts and DOD’s reliance on contractors’ implementation of counterfeit avoidance systems.


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NEW Data Source Offered by ERAI Adds Additional Layer of Protection for Members

Kristal Snider
02/05/2016

Since 2001 ERAI has been collecting and storing data on nonconforming and suspect counterfeit parts.  This searchable high risk and suspect counterfeit database includes nonconformance descriptions and images, if available. Each reported part is assigned one of the following “ERAI Part Alert Classifications”:


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Material Control - Doing the right thing can cost you

Kristal Snider
04/25/2014

It has been well established that fraudulent, suspect counterfeit and counterfeit parts have no value and pose a serious threat to all sectors of the supply chain. As such, these types of parts must be controlled, quarantined and ultimately eliminated. However, compliance is sometimes easier said than done despite instructions to do so coming directly from the United States Government and a leading standards development organization.

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To Disclose or Not to Disclose

Kristal Snider
04/25/2014

The steady stream of GIDEP and ERAI Alerts along with a growing number of federal indictments serves as evidence that counterfeit part proliferation isn't slowing down. Reporting and analyzing suppliers and suspect parts can be overwhelming and may lead to unexpected twists and turns.

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