Counterfeit electronic components are not an unfamiliar problem and have become an increasing concern throughout the years. Counterfeits pose a serious risk to the safety and reliability of the aerospace and defense systems and can cause catastrophic consequences.
To combat the growing problem of counterfeit electronic components, the SAE International has released a new revision of its AS6081 standard to Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition – Independent Distribution AS6081A. This is a significant development in the aerospace industry as this newly revised standard aims to provide a consistent approach to identifying reliable sources for procuring electrical, electronic, and electromechanical (EEE) parts, as well as assessing and mitigating the risk of distributing suspect counterfeit or counterfeit EEE parts.
The release of the AS6081A standard represents a significant step forward in the aerospace industry’s effort to address the ongoing risks associated with counterfeit electronic components. AS6081A ensures the reliability and safety of EEE parts by providing standardized practices for identifying reliable sources, assessing risks, controlling suspect or counterfeit parts, and reporting incidents.
Area51 Electronics CEO Daniel Nguyen has been an active committee member of the SAE since January 2013 and has played a role in the development, maintenance, and progression of the document.