Juan needs to order some electronic components for his company. But he wants to make sure that there is no chance the components would be counterfeit. He scopes out some websites online and finds a few cheap prices for what he wants. But there is no indication that the supplier has done any checking to see if their products are genuine.
When Juan came across USBid, Inc. he was impressed with their connection to the AAA Test Lab. He noticed the in-depth testing that each part goes through. Each component goes through the 7 step inspection process.
Step 1: Visual Inspection
At the test lab the inspector takes a careful look at the outside of the component and measures the dimensions of the product.
Step 2: Marking Permanency Test
When a product is made, it will include markings on the outside to show the manufacturer’s identification number for that product. This marking is done in such a way that it is permanent. If a product’s markings are easy to remove, that indicates that someone has tampered with the product.
Step 3: Surface Test
If a product was mishandled and came in contact with any item that might cause static electricity like rubber bands, Styrofoam, or tape, the static electricity could damage the product and could be a sign that the component is not genuine.
Step 4: Heated Chemical Test
Counterfeit electronic components have been recoated with paint or blacktop. When the electronic component is dipped into a heated chemical, the counterfeit coating will be removed if there is any.
Step 5: Die Authenticity Test
Do the markings on the internal die match the external markings? This test will find out.
Step 6: Electrical Test
Will the product operate in extreme temperatures? The electrical test will determine yes or no.
Step 7: X-Ray Test
The x-ray test will reveal if the wire bonding or die size differs from the authentic electronic component.
At the AAA Test Lab, our test lab detectives work carefully through the 7 steps so that people like Juan end up with genuine electronic components. The inspectors do, indeed, find counterfeit parts that need to be weeded out.
For example, when USBid, Inc received an order for National Semiconductor’s LM310N monolithis so-amp used in general applications such as S&H and Voltage Follower circuits, the AAA Test Lab went to work through the inspection process.
Most of the product passed the visual, physical, and chemical analysis in the first 5 steps. The Mold cavity matched the photos of previous devices. So did the die topography.
But the electrical testing in step 6 revealed that more than 7% of the product failed. These products were removed.
Then the X-Ray test in step 7 caught the product that was missing bond wires or had different lead frames. AAA Test Lab removed the failed product leaving only the genuine parts for the USBid, Inc. customer.
What if USBid, Inc. had not utilized the 7 step process? That counterfeit product could have ended up in a product for military use. What effect would that have had for our service men and women? Or what if it ended up in your company’s product which would fail to meet customer’s standards? What would that do to your company’s reputation that you have worked so hard to build?
We go to great lengths in the AAA Test Lab to make sure you can have full confidence that every product you order from USBid, Inc. will meet the original form, fit, and functional requirements.
August 29, 2017
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