TM-03: Counterfeit Inspection and Testing of Electronic Parts: XRF, Radiography, Decapsulation and Criteria for Acceptance or Rejection
Class Overview
This class will provide an in depth discussion of XRF, radiography and decapsulation associated with detecting counterfeit electronic parts. It will reference the SAE AS6171 requirements for external visual inspection. The class includes video footage and images from a test lab to help the student understand how these tests are performed.  Device images will be reviewed so that the student can recognize the indicators of counterfeit or sub-standard electronic components and understand the criteria for acceptance and rejection.
Class Content
  • Overview of Test Methods
    • XRF – X-Ray Fluorescence
    • Radiography
    • Decapsulation
  • Equipment needed
  • How to perform the test, including on-site video and step-by-step instructions
    • Criteria for Acceptance
    • Criteria for Rejection
  • Content of Test Reports
  • Additional Considerations:
    • Equipment costs
    • Training considerations
    • Outsourcing the test

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the terminology for XRF – X-Ray Fluorescence, radiography and decapsulation while performing counterfeit mitigation testing of electronic parts.
  • Understand how to perform the tests.
  • Understand the criteria for acceptance and rejection.
  • Understand the content of the test report.
  • Assess additional considerations including cost, training and outsourcing options.

Target Audience
Industry Sectors:
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), Independent Distributors, Test Laboratories, Government Agencies
Job Functions:
Quality, Purchasing, Sales, Inspection and Testing
Class Information
Class Length: 1 hour
Class Tuition: $225.00
(ERAI Member Price: $180.00)
List of Prerequisites and Recommended Pre-Course Learning
Class Handouts

Class Syllabus and Learning Objectives