Industry Brief: Inspection Standards

Ever since the organization known as the ‘Independent Distributors of Electronics Associations’, or IDEA, released their first inspection standard, IDEA-STD-1010A, specific to independent distribution in early October of 2006, there have been many evolutionary as well as supplementary developments in counterfeit avoidance, mitigation and detection processes. Significant industry milestones include CTI’s CCAP-101 (released in 2008), the SAE AS5553 (released in 2009) and the significant changes brought about by revision B of the aforementioned IDEA 1010A inspection standard (released in 2011).

In most best practice implementations of incoming inspection, a number of universally accepted principles derived from these guidelines and standards are then utilized in combination with their respective unique elements to create a ‘best of breed’ approach to establishing the foundation of any inspection process.

Fast forward to late 2012: the United States government has discovered the purchase of compromised routers through overseas procurement, and that counterfeit components have infiltrated their national and military programs. Clearly, counterfeiting culture has reached an unprecedented level of sophistication both in methods and equipment. Today, our industry landscape has evolved beyond the now-primitive counterfeit methods used since the turn of the 21st century.

Moreover, Independent Distributors are responding with new technology investments and innovating through key technical strategies to gain the experience needed to combat advanced counterfeit components. Since 2011, Classic Components has led the way in software-enabled electrical test & engineering programs to provide you with invaluable field-tested experience that will continue to drive our expansive capabilities.