Good points Barbara. It is important that factory rejects and distributor scrap parts not wind up exported and salvaged. A number of large global OEMs are requiring their authorized distributors to confirm that customer returns and scrap inventory are appropriately handled and destroyed. We use "e-stewards" recognized electronics waste disposers who are required not to export, and to submit to third party audits. The EPA also encourages electronic recyclers to meet vountary R2 standards.
I should have guessed that our desire to push our waste off on someone else would mean there are no controls on exports. Yet, aren't there all kinds of prohibitions about exporting new technology? When IHS reports that something like 80 percent of all counterfiets are obsolete parts, we should be worried about securing our "old technology" as well as our new. (Also, what won't pass Intel's performance specs could still be better than anything else out there. So even factory rejects should be considered.)
So far 26 states have enacted their own laws on electronic waste disposal in their states, but only the federal government can regulate exports. Most cost effective way to dispose is to send it to low cost disposers who often export it for reuse or salvaging.
Where w ecan implement cotrols over the disposal of electronic components we should do so. I assume thet part of the problem comes from the disposal process at the sites where these components are produced.
Ken--thanks for backing the perspective I've had for awhile. If we have identified factory "seconds" or scrap parts as the problem, wouldn't the solution be to make sure the parts are destroyed? Clearly, the majority of the parts aren't being churned off of fabs in China (or elsewhere) originating as counterfiets. They are real parts, just bad ones. Instead, we penalize the buyers of these parts, rather than keep them from getting into the supply chain in the first place.
Obsolete parts are harder to manage becuase they started out as the real deal. This issue is more difficult and definitely deserves the attention it is getting in terms of solutions such as DNA.
Yes, yes and yes. I couldn't agree more. BTW, you might be interested, if you aren't aware of it already, in Henry Livingstons' "Counterfeit Parts" website. It's updated regularly with his comments and related links. I highly recommend it to all interested in the topic.
No question China could and should do more. But aren't we also at fault for not regulating the export of electronic waste? Scrap components are salvaged and reused, frequently in counterfeiting. Shouldn't the DOD also do more? Doesn't relying on the unauthorized independent vendors for obsolete parts invite problems?.
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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.
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