Companies continue the anti-counterfeiting fight

On December 10, SAE International (formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers) held a symposium on "Counterfeit Parts Avoidance." Fake parts tend to get a lot of press, but only after these parts have caused damage or a tragedy. Automotive parts are a huge target for counterfeiters. These parts, mostly sold on the aftermarket, are so good that even car dealers have been fooled by the authentic looking packaging and inventory/product numbers.

The SAE symposium presented topics such as "Mitigating Counterfeit in the Authorized Supply Chain" using the latest SAE standard being created to mitigate counterfeit electronics (AS5553), by Charles Amaden of Mouser Electronics Inc.

Earlier this year Eaton Corp., a diversified industrial manufacturer, announced a new campaign they call "I Didn't Know" to continue raising awareness of the dangers of counterfeit electrical products. The campaign is part of Eaton's ongoing commitment to combating counterfeit electrical products....

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