Fighting the Fakes

Effective strategies for mitigating the risks of counterfeit parts

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An increasing number of counterfeit parts are entering the supply chain, putting quality, brand reputation and sales revenue in jeopardy, as well as creating risks to health and safety. The electronics supply chain is still grappling with how to mitigate the dangers of counterfeits. However, many companies in the sector already are putting in place effective programs aimed at reducing, if not eliminating, the counterfeit risk. This whitepaper briefly describes the scope of the problem and the government and industry reaction, and then offers a look at how one company, L-3 Communications, is approaching this thorny issue.