WHY YOU NEED COUNTERFEIT DETECTION
Manufacturing has been shifting out of China towards Southeast Asia, notably Malaysia and Vietnam, for several years.This manufacturing migration was accelerated first by the tariffs implemented in 2019, then by the corona virus outbreak. While manufacturing is shifting, supply chains are still largely China-centric, so a large volume of PCB and components originate in China, increasing the probability of counterfeits being introduced.
Hundreds of shipments are seized each year, but thousands more go undetected. You need a strong counterfeit detection program in place to protect yourself and your customers. Failures caused by these products can be catastrophic, meaning complete system failure. In automotive, medical, and aerospace products, these failures can be lethal.
They are most common from trading companies and online trading platforms. If the supplier can provide verifiable traceability, your risks are manageably low. If traceability is not available, your risk grows. Some suppliers will provide some claim or document about the quality of the product. These need to be validated, as falsified or intentionally misleading reports are prevalent. Many OEM have designated protocols that all products without verified traceability must be tested by qualified service providers.
The costs of extracting counterfeit from your supply chain, and products, can be tremendous. A third-party lab can help you to avoid this risk and provide an independent, unbiased, and accurate result.