Component Inspection

The start of our component inspection covers all industry standard elements such as: verification of parts in carrier, analysis of component surface, and examination of leads. As with packaging inspection, the evidence resulting from component inspection may be open to subjective interpretation without the integration of corroborating supporting pieces of evidence into a collective profile.
At Classic, in addition to following industry defined package inspection criteria, our specially trained inspection team uses forensic analysis & profiling to identify evidence from seemingly innocuous information. By increasing our inspection scope to even the tiniest of fragments, we are confident in providing a complete inspection resulting in only the most objective and unerring outcome.


Industry Best Practice: Component Level

In accordance with following industry defined standards for component level inspection, we conduct all inspection steps such as:

  • Verify that carrier is manufacturer original or after-market
  • Check pin condition for corrosion, solder, or physical damage
  • Check for directional scratches indicative of resurfacing
  • Check for surface damage
  • Verify Country of Origin marks
  • Verify accuracy of part markings

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Forensic Application: Component Level

By nature, standards often have difficulty keeping up with the constant evolution of counterfeiting methods. This has forced front-line entities such as independent distributors bearing the brunt of responsibility to adapt and mitigate new threats in near real-time.

All tenured inspectors have directly experienced multiple evolutionary shifts since the advent of counterfeiting as a trade in the late 90s but it is the culture and mentality that is developed through training paradigms that sets Classic apart.

Some examples of how Classic’s training has proven effective in combating new emerging threats over the years:

  • Prior to its adoption in standards, Classic implemented microscopy to identify counterfeit dies and performed surface analysis.
  • Prior to its adoption in standards, when sophisticated laser marking equipment was used, our quality team identified a subtle variation in the lettering joints of each character which was indicative of false marking.

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