Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The president of the Semiconductor Industry Association recently testified before Congress on the dangers and costs of counterfeit electronic components.
“The catastrophic failure risk inherently found in counterfeit semiconductors places our citizens and military personnel in unreasonable peril. A counterfeit semiconductor is a ticking time bomb,” Brian Toohey, the president of the Semiconductor Industry Association told the Senate Armed Services Committee, which is investigating counterfeit electronic parts in the Department of Defense supply chain.
“Counterfeiters violate American companies’ intellectual property rights and cost American’s jobs. We estimate that counterfeiting costs US-based semiconductor companies more than $7.5 billion each year.
For more information on Toohey’s testimony before the Senate committee see: SIA President Testifies on Dangers of Counterfeit Chips
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The Military and Aerospace industry attendees and exhibitors had major concerns about the limited testing performed by a curve/contact tester versus the preferred DC, AC, functional and parametric testing of a device. The preferred tests are important in uncovering counterfeit products.
As exhibitors at the recent DMSMS conference, NJMET presented our Mission: Imposter Counterfeit Component Test Program. The team at NJMET participated in the Counterfeit Parts Control Plan Implementations, the DMSMS Tools and Services Program, as well as technical sessions and panels which included: Institutionalizing Standard Practices, Defense Initiatives and Their Impact to DMSMS, Counterfeit Mitigation Strategies, and Counterfeit Reporting.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Nearly a decade ago our company NJ Micro Electronic Testing began uncovering non-authentic electronic component products that had been purchased for use in Defense Department equipment as well as in the medical and other industrial arenas. These counterfeit components had a varying level of sophistication, but they all failed when tested against the military standards the real parts needed to meet or exceed. As a response, we devised a state of the art, military standards-based testing program to detect and stop the flow of counterfeit electronic component devices called "Mission Imposter®". It is the world's first counterfeit component detection program. This testing process detects counterfeit electronics before they find their way into a customer's products.
The Mission Imposter process begins with an analysis of the shipping materials and packaging. The parts then undergo several levels of inspection including: marking and dimensional checks, internal visual analysis, several levels of material analysis, and electrical testing to determine authenticity.
The successful implementation of this program has been effective in uncovering imitation electronic devices that began infiltrating the industry close to a decade ago. These counterfeit components can now be detected and stopped. It's important that this happens before they are used in the manufacture of products that could put many projects and many lives in danger.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
There are several key counterfeit examination tests that can be performed to identify these counterfeit components. To attack this issue immediately one needs to capture all the manufacturer part types and their date codes and perform a sample test evaluation in accordance with Military Standard 105D to uncover any anomalies in accordance with those date codes. For example, if 35,000 products of an LM333 component with a date code of 9912 were manufactured in 1999, it is recommended that a sample of 315 units be evaluated to uncover any suspect signs of counterfeiting.
Once again there are many different scenarios that can be the trigger for this type of investigation. Whatever the trigger, this testing protocol is a good start to the process of identifying compromised counterfeit electronics to contain this evergrowing epidemic. You can check out the variety of testing and professional services NJMET offers at http://www.josephfedericonj.net/about_njmet/services.htm
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
" NJMET, Inc. VP Joseph Federico has officially announced their participation and exhibition at the Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida on August 29th through September 1st, 2011.
DMSMS is the loss, or impending loss, of manufacturers or suppliers of items or raw material. The military loses a manufacturer when that manufacturer discontinues (or plans to discontinue)
Obsolescence and DMSMS are often used interchangeably. DMSMS is the lack of sources or materials; obsolescence is lack of availability due to statutory, process and design changes. An obsolete product refers to the product in question not being needed anymore, and DMSMS is driven by financial needs pushing the technological requirement of a product out of production but not necessarily out of use.
For the complete press release, see the NJMET press room: http://pressroom.prlog.org/NJMET-Testing/.
See you there!
Thursday, June 2, 2011
- Joseph Federico Announces DSCC-VQC Commercial Laboratory Suitability Status for NJMET Clifton, NJ
- NJMET Announces AS9100 Rev. B Registration for 2011
- Joseph Federico Announces NJMET 2011 ITAR Registration
Monday, May 23, 2011
Failure and construction analysis of electronic components have been the primary objective of Component-Analysis. Using specialized equipment, such as low & high magnification microscopes, high performance digital cameras, XRF etc., NJMET meets our customers' electronic component testing needs. NJMET is looking for an Engineering Analyst / Lab Technician to work in the following areas of Component Analysis Services:
- Failure analysis
- Construction analysis
- Destructive physical analysis (DPA)
- XRF Analysis in detection of elements
- Other chemistry techniques
For more information on the position and details on how to apply, see: http://www.njmetmtl.com/engineering%20analyst.aspx on the NJMET website.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The press release, entitled "Joseph Federico Announces Expanded Thermal Physical Testing Services from NJMET, Clifton NJ," received a fair amount of notice.
The release said in part:
Joseph Federico of NJ Micro Electronic Testing is proud to announce the expansion of its laboratory testing services by accommodating the thermo/physical industries with additional testing services.
“Our objective is to provide our world recognized testing services and full service technical support to thermal manufacturers and designers all over the world” said Joseph Federico Vice President of NJ Micro Electronic Testing located in Clifton, NJ.
Expanded Thermal Physical Testing Services is just one area in which NJMET is offering new or expanded services. For example, see my earlier posts: NJMET Expands Testing Services to Textile Industry and NJMET Announces Analysis of Cosmetic Products.
The complete release can be found in the NMET press room: http://pressroom.prlog.org/NJMET-Testing/.
The NJMET pressroom contains announcements about other company activities such as our charitable activites and our certification efforts.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Simply put, fake components are an unknown and can cause our military and space equipment to fail. This report and the Senate hearings I wrote about earlier this month (Armed Services Committee to Investigate Counterfeit Components) are both important steps towards putting the spotlight on the dangers we face from the growing problem of counterfeit electronic components.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Although focusing on the issues in the aerospace and defense fields, the report also looked at the issue in the broader marketplace. It found that although the aerospace and defense fields are particularly vulnerable to counterfeit parts, the threat exists in a wide range of industries. As the report states, there is risk for government, industry and consumers:
“The introduction of counterfeit parts — whether they are electronic, mechanical or other — adversely affects the U.S. supply chain. Possible effects may include:
• National security or civilian safety issues
• Costs of enforcement
• Lost tax revenue due to illegal sales of counterfeit parts
• Costs to mitigate this risk
• Costs to replace failed parts
• Lost sales
• Lost brand value or damage to business image
• Costs when products fail due to lower quality and reliability of counterfeit parts
• Potential safety concerns.”
NJMET provides testing for a number of industries in addition to defense and aerospace. Other industries include textile, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Here is a link to the full report: http://www.aia-aerospace.org/assets/counterfeit-web11.pdf
Monday, April 4, 2011
The textile testing services offered by NJMET include wet/dry crocking, hydrostatic water resistance testing and Wyzenbeek Abrasion analysis. These services will be performed at the Clifton, New Jersey laboratory of NJMET.
The Armed Services committee investigation is a good thing for the industry and for the Department of Defense. I look forward to following the investigation and resulting hearings. Click here to see the announcement from Senator Levin. Click here to see the history of NJMET’s counterfeit component testing program.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
“Our objective is to provide our world recognized testing program and full service technical support to cosmetic manufacturers and designers all over the world,” said Joseph Federico, "Testing will take place in NJMET's headquarters and main laboratory located in Clifton, NJ."
“Our trained and certified engineers pride themselves in working on a one on one basis with manufacturers and their customers worldwide to provideaccurate, quality testing. Our engineers customize the test protocols to meet the specific needs of each situation,” Joseph Federico continued.
Testing of cosmetic products is just one part of NJMET’s expansion plans. Late last year, Joseph Federico announced that NJMET would be offering testing services for the pharmaceutical and medical products industries. For a complete list of NJ Micro Electronic Testing’s services visit: http://josephpfederico.com/services.html
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Based on the results of the DSCC audit conducted at their Clifton, NJ headquarters NJMET was rendered suitably equipped to perform the MIL-STD-883 test servicing monolithic microcircuits in accordance with the requirements of military specification MIL-PRF-38535 effective immediately.
The NJMET laboratory is to maintain a record for all microcircuit testing and submit a summary annually to DSCC-VQC which will includes the following information:
a. Military part number, SMD, or MIL-STD-883 identification
b. Date code
c. Quantity tested
d. Number of devices pass/fail
g. Test method(s)/condition(
h. Date test completed
i. Qualification test report number as applicable
j. Self audit reports with deficiencies and corrective actions
Visit the NJMET website, http://www.njmetmtl.com for information on all of its testing capabilities and certifications.
For any additional questions concerning NJMET’s suitability status, please contact Joseph Federico, NJMET Inc., Clifton, NJ (973) 546-5393 or visit the DSCC website at http://www.dscc.dla.mil/
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
SGS International recenlty presented Certificates of Registration to NJMET Quality Engineering Manager and team leader Edgar Usman
This honors over a decade of quality management and technical performance at NJMET,
For more information visit NJMET's website: http://njmetmtl.com/
Monday, February 28, 2011
Joseph Federico Announces NJMET’s 25th Year Membership with ESD: Electrostatic Discharge Association
The ESD Association is a professional voluntary association dedicated to advancing the theory and practice of electrostatic discharge (ESD) avoidance. We are proud to have continued our membership, indicating our committment to proper handling of electronic components.
Over the years, our laboratory staff has taken a tremendous pride in the practice of the proper ESD procedures. From the moment components arrive at our site to the moment they leave our lab, components are handled strictly according to ESD procedures.
To learn more about our NJMET's ESD memebership visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/Joseph_Federico/NJMET/prweb8118272.htm
To learn more about NJMET visit: http://njmetmtl.com/