European distributor Astute certified to Mil/Aero anti-counterfeit standard

November 03, 2015 // By Julien Happich
Astute Electronics has gained certification to AS 6081, the SAE Aerospace Standard that addresses counterfeit mitigation designed to provide a very high level of protection for companies in the aerospace and defence industries.

Astute claims to be the first British and first European company to gain certification and only the fourth company in the world to achieve this. Astute is also the first company to have more than one location certified (UK and USA).

AS 6081 standardizes practices and methods to mitigate the risks of purchasing and supplying fraudulent/counterfeit electronic parts. It includes the identification of reliable sources to procure parts, risk assessment and mitigation of distributing fraudulent/counterfeit parts, the control of suspect or confirmed fraudulent/counterfeit parts and the report of suspect and confirmed fraudulent/counterfeit parts to other potential users and authority having jurisdiction.

Beyond simple visual inspection and functional test, the company uses scanning electron microscopy equipment to check if the part has the right marking and materials, and also to compare parts against a library of known good parts it has built up. If a component shows up with a different material construction it can be identified immediately as a fake.

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