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Title:

AS5553 – A New Standard in the Fight Against Counterfeit Electronic Parts

Author:

Daniel Dimase Quality Engineer Honeywell Technology Solutions Telephone: (401) 374-1914 Email: dandimase@cox.net

Abstract:

Counterfeit electrical, electronic, and electromechanical parts (EEE) have become a growing concern and a serious threat to mission safety and assurance for aerospace and military organizations. The magnitude and scope of the problem has become so significant, that the G-19 Committee was formed in September 2007 to develop a document that standardizes requirements, practices, and methods related to counterfeit parts risk mitigation suitable for multiple segments of the electronics supply chain. The committee that produced this document included representatives across the supply chain to better ensure its suitability in the industry. Many of the members had first-hand knowledge and experience in mitigating the risks associated with counterfeit electronic parts. The committee included representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Defense Services, NASA, Government Prime Contractors, Original Component Manufacturers, Contract Assembly Manufacturers, Franchised Distributors, Independent Distributors, Industry Suppliers and Industry Associations. SAE International has recently released the document, AS5553 - “Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition” standard, that provides succinct requirements and guidance to address the counterfeit EEE parts issue. The standard requires a counterfeit parts control plan to mitigate the risk. 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. Future contracts and grants will likely include contract language requiring compliance to the standard. This presentation will explain the requirements of the standard and provide a roadmap to compliance.

Biography:

Dan DiMase is a Quality Engineer for Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. providing expertise as a counterfeit parts control specialist in their NASA Contract Assurance Services program (NCAS). He also served as President of ERAI in 2007 through 2008. ERAI is a privately held global trade association that monitors, investigates, reports, and mediates issues that are affecting the global supply chain of electronics. He has also been active in industry organizations including the US Department of Commerce’s Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP), and participated on task forces such as SAE International’s G-19 Counterfeit Electronic Parts Document Development group and Aerospace Industry Association’s Counterfeit Parts IPT. Dan DiMase has over 20 years of industry experience, previously serving as president of SemiXchange, Inc. - a Rhode Island- based independent distribution company he founded in 1994 and sold in 2007. He was also a founding member of the Independent Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA), a non-profit trade association representing quality and ethically oriented independent distributors of electronic components. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Rhode Island and has his Six-Sigma Green Belt Certificate from Bryant University. He is currently attending Northeastern University’s Executive MBA program.

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