Aerospace Standard AS5553

Counterfeit Electronic Part Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation & Disposition



Counterfeit components are wreaking havoc in the supply chain; they have infiltrated all tiers of supply including Franchise Distribution, Original Equipment and Contract Manufacturers. Counterfeit components that make it out into the field can cause massive failures in manufacturer’s applications, which is a real public and community safety issue.

Customers must be able to count on the expertise of their suppliers to eliminate this threat. Distributors in the supply chain must take this seriously and put appropriate measures in place to keep counterfeit components from getting into the field.

In an effort to maintain our leadership position in quality control, SG Industries aggressively pursued and achieved compliance certification to AS5553.  This unaccredited certification ensures that SG Industries' Business and Quality Management System has robust processes in place to address the risks associated with counterfeit parts in the supply chain.  A successful site audit of SG Industries Quality Management System against the AS5553 Guidance Standard on November 1st, 2010 by National Quality Assurance (NQA) resulted in NQA's recommendation for SG Industries to receive an unaccredited compliance certification to the AS5553 Standard.

AS5553 was created in response to a significant and increasing volume of counterfeit electronic parts entering the aerospace supply chain, posing significant performance, reliability and safety risks.  Organizations compliant to this standard employ a Quality Management System designed to provide uniform requirements, practices and methods to mitigate the risks of receiving, installing, and enabling counterfeit components to enter the supply chain.

Counterfeit Avoidance Strategies

  • Aerospace Standard AS5553 Compliance Certified
  • Customized and Proprietary Supplier Management Process
  • IDEA Certified Quality Inspectors who have attended Counterfeit Component Avoidance Workshops
  • Advanced visual inspection performed in house at up to 500X Optical Microscopy
  • Digital Library of known component defects and conditions
  • Inspection of OCM packaging, logos and factory sealed bags to ensure authenticity
  • Component attributes and tolerances evaluated against known OCM datasheets
  • Non-Destructive Resistance to Solvents (RTS) testing to validate marking permanency
  • Destructive Acetone Testing performed in house to check for sanding, black topping and remarking of components
  • Third party Advanced Destructive de-capsulation to confirm OCM die encapsulation
  • Third party X-Ray to confirm die consistency and die to wire to lead/pad bonding