SAE AS standardizes the requirements, practices and methods to reduce counterfeit parts entering the supply chain. It provides Requirements and Guidance by outlining actions an organization can take to address the growing problem of counterfeit parts across the entire electronics industry. The current version is ASC. The first standard was developed as a response to the heightened risk of counterfeit electrical, electronic and electromechanical EEE parts entering the global aerospace supply chain, along with other high-reliability and critical sectors, which pose significant performance, reliability, and safety risks.
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Fusion, Welding, Brazing, Soldering Specifications 1. Maximize availability of authentic parts. Procure parts from reliable sources. Assure authenticity and conformance of procured parts. Control parts identified as counterfeit. Report counterfeit parts to other potential users and Government investigative authorities. These publications shall be in effect as of the issues listed. Insofar as any of the publications referred to herein conflict with the requirements of the specification, this specification shall govern.
The Counterfeit Parts include but are not limited to: 4. Note: Refinished, up-screened, or updated parts identified accordingly are not considered counterfeit product. The parts supplied originate from the OCM to the aftermarket manufacturer or an aftermarket manufacturer using the OCM tooling or intellectual property produces the parts. The parts are subsequently assembled, tested, and qualified using processes meeting the technical specifications without violating the intellectual property rights, patents, or copyrights of the OCM.
The parts must meet the Customer needs without violating the OCM intellectual property rights, patents, or copyrights. When a distributor does not provide products in this manner, then for the purpose of AS, the distributor is considered an independent distributor for those products.
Franchised distributors normally offer the product for sale with fully manufacturer flow-through warranty. Independent distributors do not have contractual agreements or obligations with OCMs. The document may include information relative to the manufacturer, distributor, Quantity, date code, inspection date that is signed by a responsible associate for the supplier. Refurbished parts may have the leads realigned and tinned. Used parts may be sold with a limited warranty.
Programmable product may still contain partial or complete programming capability that may affect part functionality. Used parts marketed as such should be declared accordingly. Note 1: Other definitions are available for review in Section 3. This will be done by referencing the ITWMilitarygse. Assessment may be a survey, audit, product alert review, and a review of the supplier quality data to determine performance.
These companies are reviewed and approved by the original component manufacturer. Assurance actions may include surveys, audits, review of product alerts, and review of supplier quality data to determine past performance. At a minimum, the OCM, distributor or the aftermarket manufacturer should be required to provide certificates of conformance and acquisition traceability.
These certification requirements must be clearly identified on the purchase document as deliverable data. In general, product with electronic components destined for Government or military use requires a manufacturer certification.
In general, product with electronic components destined for commercial use may not require the certification or traceability documents.
The electronic component requirements for the product may be identified from a review of the Customer purchase order, specification, or flowdown requirements. It is always prudent for purchasing to request certification and traceability data as a deliverable item. Purchasing must perform some level of risk assessment if the supplier or subcontractor does not maintain a documented counterfeit part control plan compliant to the AS Standard.
In order to minimize the risk of procuring counterfeit parts the purchasing document should include requirements to ensure conforming, original, and authentic parts are provided.
Suspect or counterfeit parts are placed on a nonconforming material document so the items may be identified and segregated to a nonconforming part location, reference QP — Control of Nonconforming Material.
A failed Electrical Component or Product, Motor, or Motor Part does not mean the instance was caused by a counterfeit part. This procedure will apply if the deficiency is suspected or attributed to a counterfeit part.
Fusion, Welding, Brazing, Soldering Specifications 1. Maximize availability of authentic parts. Procure parts from reliable sources. Assure authenticity and conformance of procured parts.
PS-00400 Counterfeit Parts Prevention
The AS certified contractor or manufacturer must flow down the relevant requirements of the standard to all their sub-contractors and parts suppliers. Benefits of AS There is no process or standard of operation that can absolutely prevent a company from receiving or installing a counterfeit part. The AS standard, however, provides a framework for risk assessment that pinpoints potential problem areas and ensures management has an understanding of what specific risks exist of receiving counterfeit components. This allows informed decisions to be made on the level of risk for any given component procurement requirement, and to weigh that risk against other alternatives. If the risk is deemed excessive, the project team may accept a longer lead-time delivery or seek a re-design to utilize only franchise or original component manufacturer supplied parts. In addition, the AS standard provides clearly defined expectations that can be communicated to suppliers for their performance.