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Title:

First Line of Defense against Counterfeits

Author:

Robb Hammond President & CEO American Electronic Resource, Inc. Telephone: (714) 338-4400 Email: robb@aeri.com

Abstract:

Many OEM’s who have not experienced a true counterfeit catastrophe continue to lay their trust in the hands of seemingly professional brokers to screen their obsolete components for authenticity. My presentation outlines the simple steps to eliminate the possibility of an OEM purchasing from a broker which is either unprepared for counterfeit detection or is only motivated for financial gain. The presentation continues from vendor selection to a detailed description of each stage of counterfeit detection, inclusive of many pictures. It describes the necessary tools and how to use them during an investigation.

Biography:

Robb Hammond is the President and CEO of American Electronic Resource, Inc. He established the company in 1993 with the goal of bringing professionalism to the Independent Electronic Component Distribution industry. His interest and passion in battling the proliferation of counterfeits has led him to take a significant role in leading the industry towards safe practices.

Robb has previously spoken at NASA’s supplier conferences, the UK’s Component Obsolescence Group conference and helped train OEM’s at the Component Technology Institute. His company is a founding member of IDEA, a member of ERAI’s counterfeit committee and selected as the independent distributor to review SAE’s AS5553 document on Counterfeit Electronic Components; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition.

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