SAE International's G-19 Counterfeit Electronic Components Committee is chartered to address the different aspects of preventing, detecting, responding to, and counteracting the threat of counterfeit electronic components. It does this by developing standards suitable for use in aeronautic, space, defense, civil, and commercial electronic equipment applications to mitigate the risks of counterfeit electronic components.
These standards document recognized best practices in component management, supplier management, procurement, inspection, test/evaluation methods, and response strategies when suspect or confirmed counterfeit components are detected.
The following is a status report on the activities of the G-19 Committee and its subcommittees.
• G-19CI – AS5553A was released in January. The new revision provides terminology references and reporting mechanisms to facilitate the flow-down of the standard globally. Chair Sarah Skinner and her subcommittee were responsible for moving the standard forward. They are planning a meeting in the U.K. this summer to discuss Revision B.
• G-19C – Chair Bill Scofield and his subcommittee facilitated the release of AS6462, Compliance Verification Criteria for AS5553. This important accomplishment also paves the way for the imminent review and release of AS6301, Compliance Verification Criteria for AS6081. AS6301 has already been drafted by Gerald Bogert, greatly reducing the normal development time. We are discussing the possibility of incorporating these documents, once released, as appendices in future revisions of the primary documents to greatly reduce the time lag in the compliance verification preparation process.
• G-19A – The AS6171 effort in standardizing counterfeit detection practices started in September 2010 when Dan Dimase accepted this huge, challenging, and very necessary task. Dan, Co-Chair Sultan Lilani, and Mike Megrdichian are striving to assemble the initial draft within the next few months. The elements of this document are the precise work of a large number of contributing subject matter experts and will be the first of its kind in the industry.
• G-19T – The AIR6273 Terms and Definitions subcommittee was formed in January 2012 from an initial task group of the G-19CI committee. That effort, led by Graham Goring, culminated in a comprehensive review of all known terms and definitions associated with counterfeit electronic parts. Chair Kirsten Koepsel and her subcommittee have drafted a document that all the other G-19 documents will eventually reference. This has been a challenging task as we continually add or update terms and definitions.
• G-19D – The initial release of AS6081, a standard for open market part distributors, took place Nov. 7, 2012, after a series of balloting efforts and was invoked by the new DLA Land and Maritime Qualified Testing Suppliers List (QTSL) Program one week later, as part of the effort in partly responding to Sec. 818, NDAA 2012. AS6081 was three years in the making and we are already considering Revision A changes. Subcommittee members came from OEMs (including prime contractors), CEMs, government agencies, authorized distributors, independent distributors, and professional associations.
• G-19AD – The scope of this new effort—involving authorized distributors, OCMs (original component manufacturers), and OEMs—has been formulated. As we developed the text of AS6081, we identified issues with current practices of authorized distribution. Chuck Amsden (whose employer is an authorized distributor) kept meticulous notes on these and, under the auspices of the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA), drafted a standard for authorized distribution. Immediately after DMSMS 2012 (Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages) conference, Dan Dimase was instrumental in initiating discussions in creating a G-19 standards effort for authorized distribution. We are collaborating with the ECIA to define that G-19 effort to complement (not conflict with) its effort and, of course, to focus on mitigating counterfeit electronic parts. The subcommittee is co-chaired by Robin B. Gray, Jr., and Kevin Sink. This is a significant accomplishment for the G-19 committee, as we have attempted multiple times to engage OCMs and the Semiconductor Industry Association in our efforts.
Phil Zulueta, consultant, and Chairman of the SAE G-19 Committee, wrote this article for SAE Magazines.