Counterfeit Component Detection Through Electrical Testing
By Joseph Federico, Director of Operations, NJMET Inc.
Counterfeit electronic components are an increasing threat to the supply chain for consumer, industrial, and, more importantly, military parts. Some counterfeit parts are like counterfeit money, unauthorized copies. Other cases include mislabeled parts, where parts meant for one purpose are relabeled for another by changing the part number.
Specifically, parts built for consumer purposes can be illicitly changed, appearing to be suitable for the extreme rigors of military or aerospace use. Even authentic parts with the correct model number can become counterfeit when they are improperly recycled and marked as new.