2013 ERAI Executive Conference - Event Overview

It has been said 2013 will be a turning point for the supply chain.  Last year we watched the United States Government swing into action as Congress passed and President Obama signed a sweeping new law,  Section 818 of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which imposes new responsibilities on the DoD and all of its suppliers to detect, avoid and eliminate counterfeit parts in the defense supply chain.  On October 31, 2012, the Defense Logistics Agency announced it would require DNA marking in an effort to enhance current safeguards to prevent counterfeit parts from entering the DLA’s supply chain. In November, SAE International released its much anticipated Aerospace Standard AS6081(Fradulent/Counterfeit Electronic Parts: Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition-Distributors). In January 2013, the first revision of SAE AS5553 was published:  the objective of Rev. A was to ensure the applicability and acceptability of AS5553 on a global scale and across multiple sectors within the supply chain. Later this year we expect to see the release of SAE AS6171 which standardizes practices to detect suspect counterfeit electronic parts, maximize the use of authentic parts and ensure consistency across the supply-chain for test techniques and requirements.

Collectively, these efforts alone should serve as evidence the global supply chain is making progress and this trend that points towards improvement shall serve as the basis for this year’s ERAI Conference theme:“Gaining Momentum -Supply Chain Advancements in the Fight Against Counterfeits”.  While much has been accomplished, much remains to be done. This two-day, content rich conference will include lectures, panel and round table discussions and interactive workshops led by subject matter experts from industry, government and academia, all of which provide an exceptional opportunity for structured dialogue, professional development and networking.

Key learning objectives
  • Identify techniques and systems to help organizations “Perform at Your Peak”
  • Offer guidance relative to ensuring effective communication within an organization: “Eliminating Communication Waste”
  • Improving the communication between quality managers and referees
  • Risk Management – What is the risk/cost benefit trade off
  • Understanding the significance of “contingency planning”
  • Analyze the requirements of Section 818 of the 2012 NDAA regarding counterfeit electronic parts
  • Discuss the cost, contractual and legal consequences of Section 818
  • The liability factor: How large to small companies are dealing with the flow down
  • The status of rule-making and explain FAR and DFARS regulatory implementation
  • How NDAA will impact the commercial sector
  • Explain the purpose of Section 806 of the 2011 NDAA and other SCRM measures for “trusted systems”
  • Identify leading tools and resources available for parts identification, distributor validation and test and inspection
  • Counterfeit screening and testing: What is being done to achieve consistency and reduce subjectivity
  • Understanding the difference between a quality inspection vs. an engineering inspection
  • Identifying nonconforming parts via packaging inspection/analysis
  • Standards update (SAE AS5553A, AS6081, AS6171)
  • Deep dive of SAE AS6081 requirements & implementation guidance
  • Accreditation:
    • Understanding the hierarchy of Quality Management Systems
    • Steps to developing a certification scheme
  • Recommended practices for handling, reporting and disposing of fraudulent, suspect and counterfeit parts and the challenges (legal, economic, etc.) this presents
  • Safe Harbor….what does that really mean?
  • The significance of an arbitration clause when doing business internationally
  • Customs seizures: Is the system working?
  • OCM remarked parts: Are good parts being thrown out?
  • Guidance to control counterfeit parts that might be lurking in your excess
  • Emerging threats (e.g. clones, malicious code, new counterfeiting techniques)
  • Looking forward: What will the supply chain look like a year from now?
Do not miss this opportunity to assess where we are, review lessons learned, evaluate recent developments and collectively chart a course forward.

Who should attend?

The ERAI Executive Conference is designed to meet the needs of various participants including, but not limited to:

  • Distributors of Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical (EEE) parts (Franchise and Independent)
  • Organizations that procure or manufacture using integrated electronic parts and/or assemblies containing such items
  • Original Equipment Manufacturers
  • Contract Manufacturers
  • Aerospace Integrators
  • Test and Inspection Laboratories
  • Certification Bodies & Auditors
  • Government Agencies and Enforcement