“Kramer on Counterfeits” SMT Articles

“Kramer on Counterfeits” SMT Articles

Todd Kramer, CEO of Secure Components is writing a monthly article for the SMT online magazine.

July 2014:  DFARS Flow Downs and Trusted Suppliers


On May 6, 2014, the Department of Defense issued Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronics Parts (DFARS Case 2012-D055); Final Rule. The purpose of this rule is to clarify the sections of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2012 and 2013, which deal with counterfeit parts. This supplement sought insight from industry that would allow the clarification of several key terms such as “trusted supplier” and “counterfeit part”. Additionally, this supplement addresses both the applicability of these clarifications and the role that existing industry standards play in assessing the trusted status of suppliers. To Read More:  CLICK HERE

May 2014:  Independent Distributor:  Supply Chain’s Best Friend or Worst Enemy

I started earning my living in the business of brokering electronic components back in 2001.  I FOEquickly learned that the term “broker” came with some very negative preconceptions, such as the idea that brokers were unscrupulous, liars, cheaters, and so on.  While much has changed about the component industry, much remains the same.

As independent electronics distributors come under increased scrutiny, I am often asked about the changes that I have seen since my early days in the industry. Generally speaking, the loudest voice against independent distributors comes—as it always has—from the powerful presence of authorized distributors.

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April 2014:  Protecting Your Supply Chain from Counterfeits and Liability


In For a few years now, it has been clear that many contractors are not adding new suppliers to their approved vendors’ lists the way they once did.  In adopting this policy, they fail to recognize the value of trustworthy, independent distributors.  By neglecting the advantages that independent distributors can offer to the supply chain, these firms potentially do themselves a grave disservice.  Despite contemporary rhetoric, trustworthy independent distributors are an essential part of the landscape of modern procurement.  To read more:  CLICK HERE

March 2014:  Investigations, Evidence, and Unclear Solutions for 2014

1-senate arms committeeIn November of 2011, when the United States government publicly got involved in attempting to curb the epidemic of counterfeits in the supply chain, it was a little too late.  The Senate Arms Services Committee, led by Senators John McCain and Carl Levin, gave Americans their first glimpse into the catastrophic dangers that our Department of Defense and the aerospace community was facing.  To read more – CLICK HERE

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February 2014:  The Counterfeit Epidemic That Can Kill

In August 2011, a prime contractor warned the United States Navy that there suspect. reworked parts that should never have been placed on one of their aircraft and that should be replaced immediately.  To read more – CLICK HERE