Counterfeit parts have been a part of the electronics supply chain for decades – a stealthy, unwanted party crasher
Gary Beckstedt is director of operations and quality for Flip Electronics. He heads the quality and inspection labs as well as managing all logistics operations. Gary’s role requires him to institute and direct all quality management programs and processes as well as performing internal audits. Among his many challenges, Gary has the responsibility to ensure that Flip Electronics’ ISO/ANSI standards and certification programs, ESD programs, inspection and counterfeit detection process, and personnel training are all in compliance with their respective requirements and procedures. Gary helps to identify and track industry changes that affect the supply chain and supports the industry as a whole by serving on the G19-D committee that is tasked with maintaining the AS6081 standard. He is the company’s principal spokesperson in matters related to quality and methods of detection and abatement of counterfeit and suspect electronic parts. Gary is a US Air Force veteran, where he began his electronics career in 1989. He operated and maintained RADAR systems to support the Desert Storm and Desert Shield campaigns. He is a graduate of the AS9100D Lead Auditor program and an IPC Certified EMS Program Manager.