Monday, October 26, 2009

Risk Mitigation Starts With ESCS

Electronic Supply Chain Solutions Inc. pioneered the use of a free industry wide logo called Safe Source Seal which may be used by any distributor that meets the requirements of the program. The A2Z Inspection & Test Protocols with Inspection Check List- has also been made available to any company or distributors looking to leverage the lessons learned in the fight to combat counterfeits. These documents dovetail the new requirements of the AS5553 quality standard and provide a company the foundation for an anti counterfeit management program aimed at accessing the risks and definition of identifying authentic parts rather than just determining by some ones opinion that they may be counterfeit or not. The A2Z identifies the source of distribution as authorised or not and requirements necessary based on the source. The Safe Source Seal program goes beyond post inspection determination by putting the obligation on the supplier to identify the source thereby providing a baseline of defence to the inspection team. Training and awareness is key when addressing counterfeit components. ESCS has worked with the QLF, G-19 and JPL who has created a course which is currently being offered by the SAE called ‘Introduction to AS5553 and Counterfeit Electronic Parts Avoidance Training’, This course educates companies on the latest tricks of the trade. ESCS also provides a photo library of “tricks they play” on the website which offers a wide verity of information quality managers as well as procurement professionals can use to learn how to mitigate the risks of counterfeits.

CALCE is hosting a Counterfeit Avoidance Seminar in Dec. 2009. Visit this link to learn more!

At ESCS provides Procurement Professionals' G.E.M.S. - Generating Excellence in Material Supply because whatever aspect of the purchasing process you're involved in, decisions need to be made such as: How many suppliers should there be in the supply chain? Which supplier can confirm date code details, traceability and accurate information in a volatile environment? ESCS provides the support.

ESCS photographs every lot code and every date code of product we sell or inventory providing peace of mind and objective evidence for future liability. houses ESCS’s for sale inventory that is linked to Datasheets4u so you have the latest information on markings and packaging which empowers your inspection team with information they need to determine the required testing or course of action required to meet the purchase order terms. Product liability has been a fundamental component of the electronic industries manufacturers from both a creation of product and product quality standpoint. To safeguard against damages, manufacturers and suppliers must be able to file complete evidence of fault-free production of their products. An industry practice of providing a CofC with trace back to the OCM has become much more important. Government regulations outside the USA also become a factor. For this reason ESCS has chosen to only buy and sell to Americans. Most U.S. aerospace companies have their own standards, which need to be flowed down by their suppliers as part of their AS9120 certification. A risk assessment should also be done to identify the ability to meet the requirements of the purchase order.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Safe Source Seal Celebrates 1st Year Milestone!

Safe Source Seal "The Gold Standard in Source Validation" was pioneered byElectronic Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. one year ago. ESCS is both a franchised and inventory stocking independent distributor of electronic components and hardware, and has been a long-standing advocate of promoting best practices to combat counterfeits and deliver superior quality service to its customers. ESCS's commitment to quality is evidenced by having been among the first three companies in the U.S. to receive an AS9120 certification. After six increasingly in-depth audits, the company achieved a 100% score in its 2008 full re-assessment audit.ESCS believes that aerospace and military manufacturers should require their independent distributors to be AS9120 certified as the foundation of a quality management system that reduces the risk of counterfeit components entering the supply chain. Safe Source Seal adds much needed sourcing validation to core AS9120 quality procedures, and ensures accountability through required open disclosure of AS9120 audit results.ESCS is a member of the US Chamber of Commerce's Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP), the Government & Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP) and the ERAI. ESCS supports government and industry efforts to develop best practices in supply chain sourcing, as an active member of the QLF Quality Leadership Forum and has been recognized as a leading advocate of quality standards to combat counterfeits. ESCS President Matthew Heaphy III was asked to become one of the 20 voting members of the SAE International's G-19 Committee which created SAE AS5553–Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition to standardize requirements, practices, and methods related to counterfeit parts risk mitigation.
For more information on additional strategies to combat counterfeits, visit ESCS's industry resource center,

Friday, October 16, 2009

DOD adopts SAE’s AS5553 standard on courterfeit electronic parts

Electronic Supply Chain Solutions sponsors the website to educate those who are looking to implement a risk mitigation stratagy for counterfeits. THE BIG NEWS is..........

The SAE International G-19 Committee created SAE AS5553–Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition to standardize requirements, practices, and methods related to counterfeit parts risk mitigation. Shown is the electronic engine control system of a Rolls-Royce Trent 500.
The U.S. Department of Defense recently has adopted AS5553–Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition. SAE International had issued the standard earlier this year. In response to an increasing volume of counterfeit electronic parts entering the aerospace supply chain, SAE in 2007 created the G-19 Committee to develop a document standardizing requirements, practices, and methods related to counterfeit parts risk mitigation. The resulting product presents solutions in addressing counterfeit electronic parts issues across a large cross section of the electronics industry by requiring those who adopt it to develop and implement a counterfeit electronic parts control plan. The control plan includes processes to specifically address counterfeit part risk mitigation methods in electronic design and parts management, supplier management, procurement, part verification, material control, and response strategies when suspect or confirmed counterfeit parts are discovered. Electronic Supply Chain Solutions President Matthew Heaphy III is one of the 20 members that currently make up the G-19 committe and discussions with Matt can provide your company with the tools needed to Combat Counterfeits

To contact ESCS call 727-723-8255 or send your questions to email

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Introduction to AS5553 and Counterfeit Electronic Parts Avoidance Training

Electroic Supply Chain Solutions as most people know is a leading advocate on the education to Combat Counterfeits and has attended this course 2 times at NASA's Quality Leadership Forum. The Introduction to AS5553 and Counterfeit Electronic Parts Avoidance Training we feel is a must to all companies looking to mitigate the risks associated with the purchase of electronic components. ESCS President Matthew Heaphy III is one of the G-19 members that authored the AS5553 standard and maintains the web site to explain the many benefits of the new standard. ESCS strongly urges any who can attend this event to make plans early as this course shall fill up fast.

I.D.# C0950
Printable DescriptionDuration: 1 Day
November 10, 2009 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ) - Seattle, Washington

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Counterfeit electronic parts have been found in almost every sector of the electronics industry and continue to be an increasing threat to electronic hardware. This threat poses significant performance, reliability and safety risks. Aerospace industry organizations, in particular, must produce and continually improve safe and reliable products that meet or exceed customer and regulatory authority requirements. The SAE AS5553 standard was created in response to the significant and increasing volume of counterfeit electronic parts entering the aerospace supply chain and standardizes requirements, practices and methods for counterfeit parts risk mitigation. The resulting document presents solutions to address counterfeit electronic parts issues across a large cross-section of the electronics industry. This comprehensive one-day seminar introduces participants to AS5553 and specifically addresses counterfeit part risk mitigation methods in electronic design and parts management, supplier management, procurement, part verification, material control, and response strategies when suspect or confirmed counterfeit parts are discovered. The seminar will provide information and guidance in each of these key requirement areas. The latter part of the course will highlight counterfeit detection techniques and part compliance verification methods. Several examples of counterfeit parts will be reviewed in detail. The course will conclude with a hands-on learning exercise in identifying, under a microscope, characteristics that can be found in counterfeit electronic parts. To accomplish this, attendees are encouraged to bring a personal laptop computer. The instructors will provide a limited number of digital microscopes and electronic parts.
In addition to the seminar handout, a copy of the AS5553-Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition standard is provided to each registrant.
Learning ObjectivesBy attending this seminar, you will be able to:
Characterize and describe the threat of counterfeit electronic parts
Identify the characteristics of an effective Counterfeit Parts Control Plan
Demonstrate one of the first steps in verification of purchased product (inspection techniques for counterfeit parts)
Recognize suspect counterfeit parts
Who Should AttendThis seminar will benefit a wide range of individuals and experience levels across the electronics industry and supply chain. Anyone who designs, specifies, buys, receives, assembles and tests electronic hardware will benefit from this seminar. This includes electronic design engineers, parts engineers, quality assurance engineers, buyers, auditors, inspectors, assemblers, electronic test engineers, microelectronic non-destructive test engineers, destructive test analysts, and supplier managers. Additionally, this seminar will benefit individuals in various levels of management that influence electronic hardware.
PrerequisitesNone -Topical Outline
Introduction AS5553
Terms and definitions
Magnitude and impact of counterfeiting
Counterfeit electronic part examples
G-19 Committee and its challenges
AS5553 structure
Counterfeit electronic parts control plan
Parts availability
Purchasing processes
Procurement contract requirements
Verification of purchased product
Control of suspect or confirmed counterfeit parts
Future G-19 plans
Counterfeit Parts Recognition
Terms and definitions
Types of counterfeits
Documentation review
Slides of counterfeit parts and their features
Non-destructive and destructive testing for counterfeits
Hands-on inspection with microscopes

Instructor(s): Phil Zulueta and Katherine Whittington Phil Zulueta manages the Hardware Technology Assurance Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he leads a team of engineers and technologists involved in Electronics Packaging Assurance Technologies, Non-destructive Evaluation, Electronics Manufacturing Technology Transfer (Training) and Certification, Electronics Inspection, Optical Metrology and Electro-Static Discharge (ESD) Awareness and Control. He is a JPL Program Element Manager for the NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging (NEPP) Program, facilitates the Counterfeit Parts Working Group meetings at JPL and Chairs the SAE G-19 Counterfeit Electronic Parts Committee. He is also a Past-President of the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS). Prior to joining JPL, he was Western Regional Manager for Electro-Science Laboratories, a Program Manager for Ball Aerospace, an Engineering Group Manager for Hughes Microelectronics in Newport Beach, CA and a Microelectronics Process Engineer for Northrop Electronics. His education includes an MBA from Pepperdine University and a B.S. in Materials Engineering from California State University Long Beach. Katherine Whittington is a Staff Engineer in the Electrical Parts Engineering organization at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She works as an analog parts specialist, and has been teaching a counterfeit parts awareness class at JPL since 2008. She has been a member of JPL's Counterfeit Parts Working Group (CPWG) since 2007. She holds a B.S. in Physics from UC Berkeley. She has extensive flight experience and holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate.
Fees: $785 ; SAE Members: $695 .7 CEUs
To register, click Register button at the top of this page and submit the online form, or contact SAE Customer Service at 1-877-606-7323 (724/776-4970 outside the U.S. and Canada) or at
For a quote on bringing this course to your company site, fill out a Corporate Learning Solutions Request Form
If you want to learn more about how to Combat Counterfeits call Electronic Supply Chain Solutions @ 727-723-8255