Counterfeit Electronic Components

Imposters seem to be creeping into all facets of our life: fake IDs, knock-off designer handbags, and now even into our electronic components supply. Thanks to a program originated at NJMET, the imitation electronic devices that began infiltrating the industry close to a decade ago now can be detected.

NJMET created Mission Imposter®, the first program that detects counterfeit electronics before they find their way into customers’ products. The process begins with analyzing the shipping and packaging. It continues with the parts undergoing several levels of inspection including marking and dimensional checks, internal visual analysis, several levels of material analysis, and electrical testing to determine as well as ensure authenticity. In total, there are 15 options in this process to uncover counterfeit or cloned devices.
Over the next several posts, I will briefly explain each of these procedures. In the meantime, if you want to know more, check out the Mission Imposter pages on the NJMET website: http://www.njmetmtl.com/mission.aspx

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Author: josephfedericonj

Joseph Federico is Vice President and Director of Operations for NJ MET, Inc., located in Clifton, NJ. He speaks world-wide on current issues in Electronic Component Testing. Among his responsibilities at NJMET, Inc. is heading up its charity programs.

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