Think you have the real McCoy? Think again. Even if a component looks exactly as you were expecting, it could still be a fake.
In Fiscal Year 2013, the agencies of the Department of Homeland Security seized counterfeit goods valued at over $1.7 billion at U.S. borders.*
Counterfeit parts can lead to injury or property damage, failure to comply with safety and environmental standards, increases in warranty repairs and costs, damaged reputations or decreased sales and satisfaction. These risks to your company and customers may be elevated when overseas suppliers are involved.
Without rigorous oversight addressing criteria selection, engineering controls, component sampling, inspection and testing, it can be difficult to spot the counterfeits in the crowd.
Here are some things you can look for:
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