TIOUWLA: That's the absurdity of the move the government has put into place--it "penalizes" the OEM for not doing all the same types of inspection that should be done in the supply chain. Buying parts through a company such as Mouser is supposed to reduce the risk of counterfeits considerably, as long as everyone in the channel is doing their part. Auditing processes is just as important as auditing handling in this case.
However, i'm really thinking that if Mouser is putting so much to ensure that no counterfeit part enter's their stock, how come it is still the problem of the customer who buys from them if any part turns out to be counterfeit?
I know its not an easy battle, but i agree that Mouser has taken a great step in the right direction.
@TIOULWA: I should have made it clearer: this "customer" is a fraud and intentionally tries to swap bogus parts for the real thing. In many cases, the counterfeit parts will be accompanies by the paperwork attached to the real parts. So, if a distrbutor just assumes all is well (there is a record, after all) and doesn't inspect the returned parts, that's how the counterfeits get circulated. Legitimate customers would not knowingly send back counterfeits.
The initiatives taken by mouser electronics Inc to adopt AS9120A is certainly assuring. This indicates positive measure to support and reduce counterfeit electronics parts within the supply chain. Great move!.
I believe all the distributors will start getting this certification to get a chance to seel the components for the defense market. Probably this wil result in a new set of jobs who actually taking care of the counterfeit components. There should be clear plan of tests to be executed to get only the right components to the end customer.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.