Safeguards Fight Counterfeit Components

Despite the seeming tide of counterfeit components that have bombarded the electronics market in recent years, buyers are not helpless against the onslaught. As previously discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of this three-part series, counterfeit methods are widely known, and education is half the battle in stopping them. Beyond this, however, the purchasing…

Buyer Beware: Identifying Types of Counterfeit Components

In our previous article, Components Direct EVP of marketing Anne Ting outlined the ongoing problem of gray market and counterfeit components in the electronics supply chain. (See: With Counterfeit Components, Buyer Beware.) Despite the increased emphasis on regulation and enforcement, the porous nature of the supply chain still presents many opportunities for unauthorized components to…