AS5553 and Counterfeit Electronic Parts Avoidance     


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Duration: 1 Day
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Counterfeit electronic parts have been found in almost every sector of the electronics industry and continue to be an increasing threat to electronic hardware. This threat poses significant performance, reliability and safety risks. Aerospace industry organizations, in particular, must produce and continually improve safe and reliable products that meet or exceed customer and regulatory authority requirements. The SAE AS5553 standard was created in response to the significant and increasing volume of counterfeit electronic parts entering the aerospace supply chain and standardizes requirements, practices and methods for counterfeit parts risk mitigation. The resulting document presents solutions to address counterfeit electronic parts issues across a large cross-section of the electronics industry.

This comprehensive one-day seminar introduces participants to AS5553 Rev A and to proven risk mitigation methods that industry can implement to specifically address counterfeit electronic parts. These methods involve electronic design and parts management, supplier management, procurement, part verification, material control, and response strategies when suspect or confirmed counterfeit parts are discovered. The seminar will provide information and guidance in each of these key requirement areas.

In addition to the seminar handout, a copy of the AS5553 Rev A - Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition standard is provided to each registrant.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Understand and define the “language” used in counterfeit parts risk mitigation
  • Identify the various elements of the electronics supply chain and their role in counterfeit parts risk mitigation
  • Explain the contributing factors to the counterfeit parts issue
  • Introduce AS5553A and provide information and guidance in counterfeit part risk mitigation methods
  • Pilot the development of a Counterfeit Parts Control Plan per AS5553A

Who Should Attend
This seminar will benefit companies that procure and integrate electronic parts and assemblies in their product(s). It will benefit a wide range of individuals and experience levels across the electronics industry and supply chain. Anyone who designs, specifies, buys, receives, assembles and tests electronic hardware will benefit from this seminar. This includes electronic design engineers, parts engineers, quality assurance engineers, buyers, auditors, inspectors, assemblers, electronic test engineers, microelectronic non-destructive test engineers, destructive test analysts, and supplier managers. Additionally, this seminar will benefit individuals in various levels of management that influence electronic hardware.


Topical Outline

  • Terms and Definitions
  • Electronics Supply Chain
  • Counterfeit Insertion Points
  • Identifying Distributor Types (exercise)
  • Selected Contributing Factors to the Counterfeit Parts Issue
  • A Government Study of Counterfeit Electronics and their Findings
  • AS5553A and Addressing the Issues
    • Policies and Management
    • Personnel Training and Accountability
    • Design, Proposal and Program Planning
    • Obsolescence Management
    • Six Proven Steps for the Buyer
    • Verification of Purchased Product
    • Internal Controls
    • Product Impoundment
    • Reporting
  • How You Can Help
  • Summary

Instructor(s): Phil Zulueta
Phil Zulueta is an independent consultant, assisting organizations and companies with the mitigation of counterfeit electronic parts risk. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the SAE International G-19 Committee, involved with the collaborative development and release of international standards and with the delivery of awareness presentations and training courses. Phil was previously a Program Element Manager for the NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging (NEPP) Program, Chairman of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Counterfeit Parts Working Group and Manager of the Hardware Technology Assurance Group at the JPL Office of Safety and Mission Success. He supervised a team of engineers, researchers and technologists involved in Electronics Packaging Assurance Technologies, Non-destructive Evaluation, Electronics Manufacturing Technology Transfer and Certification, Electronics Inspection, Optical Metrology, Electro-Static Discharge (ESD) Awareness/Control and Counterfeit Electronic Parts Risk Mitigation. Prior to joining JPL, he was Regional Manager for Electro-Science Laboratories, Program Manager for Ball Aerospace, Engineering Group Manager for Hughes Microelectronics and a Microelectronics Process Engineer for Northrop Electronics. Phil is a Past-President of the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS). He earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Materials Engineering from California State University Long Beach.

Fees: $840.00 ; SAE Members: $672.00 - $756.00

.7 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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