Joseph Federico of NJ and His History With NJMET

Joseph Federico of NJ began his career in the 1970s. He continued his undergraduate education at Fairleigh Dickinson University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering technology. This educational background would form the foundation of a over a four-decade-long career in electronic component testing. He joined NJ Micro Electronic Testing, Inc. in 1978, and has been with the company ever since.

Today, Joseph Federico of NJ is the Vice President and Director of Operations at NJ Micro Electronic Testing, Inc. In this capacity, he strives to streamline workflow operations and develop new testing methods for various electronic components. His Mission: Imposter electronic component testing system was vital objective in helping the Electronic Component Industry worldwide in development of most counterfeit detection requirements in the electronics industry

During his time at NJMET, Joseph Federico of NJ has helped the company earn several industry awards and professional accolades. Examples include the Israeli ODEM Award and the title of United States Small Business Administration Region II Subcontractor of the Year. His work in electronic component testing has also earned international attention and he has received invitations to speak at industry events in China, Japan, Taiwan, Israel, South Korea, Russia, and Europe. He also worked to develop the military and aerospace reliability department at NJMET.

Joseph Federico of NJ continues to strive toward streamlined company workflow and testing processes and ensuring the quality of electronic components for local, national, and international companies and production processes. He also strives to improve the lives of members of his community and organizes and participates in charitable endeavors in a professional and personal capacity.

Joseph Federico of NJ Works at NJ Micro Electronic Testing, Inc.

Joseph Federico of NJ started his career in the 1970s.  Joseph joined NJ Micro Electronic Testing, Inc. of Clifton, NJ in 1978 and has worked up to the position of Vice President and Director of Operations, his current role in the company. His involvement in the development of the military and aerospace reliability department helped in the growth of the company reorganizations NJMET as a reliable Electronic Testing Laboratory worldwide.

Joseph Federico of NJ also believes strongly in supporting his local community, giving back, and improving the lives of others. He engages in many charitable causes in his personal life and has encouraged his company NJMET to participate in several philanthropic causes throughout New Jersey. Most recently, NJMET completed a Holiday Toy Drive for Oasis: a Haven for Women and Children in Paterson, NJ.

In a professional capacity, Joseph Federico of NJ helped NJMET earn the title of United States Small Business Administration Region II Subcontractor of the Year and gain the Israeli ODEM Award.

Electronic Component Date Code Practices

ESPNews just published the first article in a series on Date Code Practices. It mentions that one of the uses of date codes is to manage changes to an electronic component that does not affect “form, fit, or function.”

I have always felt as an engineer in a test laboratory that collaborating with the Manufacturer and voicing our opinions on device performance based on testing and based on specification review for possible improvement in the future is a major contribution to the electronic component field.  Any changes or revisions can be modified in die manufacturing with detailed traceability reflecting date code criteria.

Preventing counterfeiting through e-waste export control

With increased dialogue and networking of intelligence information between these organizations in the electronic component recycling and supply chains, I feel that the SEERA will decrease the supply of counterfeit electronic components,

I just read an article on the Secure E-waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA) at http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20170207/rep-cook-reintroduces-bill-to-make-it-tougher-to-counterfeit-us-electronics .  This bill, introduced in the House of Representatives by Republican Paul Cook of California and Democrat Gene Green of Texas, aims to stop the export of e-waste to countries where it is used as source material for counterfeit electronics. Continue reading “Preventing counterfeiting through e-waste export control”

Semiconductors Require Testing

I just read the press release from the Digital Journal announcing Transparency Market Research’s Analysis of the Radiation Hardened Electronics Market.  It comes as no surprise that high power semiconductors will be in critical demand in future aerospace space projects.

Semiconductors which are the “brains” inside electronic devices will be vital in controlling and converting power in electronic systems. These devices require extensive testing which includes screening and qualification to see if the components are susceptible to radiation damage in space application from high altitude flight around as well as nuclear reactors, particle accelerators, nuclear accidents and even nuclear warfare.

The screening and qualification of this product should include total dose ionizing, enhanced low-dose rate effect tests, neutron and proton displacement damage and single event effects. Furthermore, strict monitoring of the percent defective allowable ratio is paramount in the qualification of any future semiconductor product undergoing these radiation reliability tests.

Changes to the DFAR Regulations

If you get a chance, I recommend that you read “When it Comes to Counterfeit Part Prevention, Semantics Matter” – a blog post by Kevin Sink. He discusses the need for the revisions to the DFAR regulations that are currently underway.

The DFAR regulations are positive tools detailing how to purchase manage and dispose of components. In addition, the introduction of the AS6171 standard will be an important aid to quality-control testing and providing standardize techniques and practices.

Counterfeit Electronic Part Prevention Rules Issued by DOD

Department of Defense published a new rule aimed at preventing counterfeit electronic parts from entering the military supply chain at any level.

 The final version of the rule can be found in the Federal Register as: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts-Further Implementation (DFARS Case 2014-D005) https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/08/02/2016-17956/defense-federal-acquisition-regulation-supplement-detection-and-avoidance-of-counterfeit-electronic#h-4.  The final version was drafted after a period of public commnet. It includes some changes in terminology to match industry standard terms and well as changes in requirements.

 I strongly feel that AS6171 will be a paramount aid to the future of quality-control testing and providing standardize techniques and practices. In uncovering counterfeit electronic component product. I also feel participating in these mandatory requirements shows a good faith effort in the purchasing, managing and disposal of the electronic components in question.

 

Proposed Changes to the Definition of Exempted Electronic Waste Items

This article describes the bill being considered by Congress that would amend existing export administration regulations. The change is that nonworking or non-tested used electronic items would be classified as electronic waste, so that they cannot be exported unless specific conditions are met.
I believe that one of the specific conditions that should be met for any electronic component that is disassembled and prepared for export is that the component be tested with a thorough risk mitigation and counterfeit test program with traceable paperwork results.

Reminder of Why Not to Buy Suspected Counterfeit or Gray Market Products

Electronic Products and Technology,  ept.ca, one of Canada’s Leading Electronics websites published two articles that outline the risks of buying and using counterfeit components. The articles are  Why Buy Authentic? The Case Against Counterfeit Products and Protecting Yourself from Counterfeit and Gray Market Components.

In addition to the practices and precautions mentioned in the articles, it is strongly recommended that any components that are purchased without an authentic manufacturers C of C Certificate of compliance should undergo Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronic Parts: Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation testing in accordance with SAE Aerospace standard AS6081.

 

Xerox’s Printed Memory in the Fight to Combat Counterfeits

In Xerox Launches Printed Memory Products to Combat Counterfeiting, they describe two new printed electronic label products that can be used to track parts from factory to end-user.

I commend Xerox for this ground breaking endeavor in anti-counterfeit technology.
I feel that this rewritable memory is paramount in tracking a component’s authenticity and how it has been handled during distribution.

The cryptographic security is an inexpensive process and will be very difficult to copy.