Solutions for Electronic Counterfeit Avoidance: What Works and What Does Not
November 5, 2013
Hosted by Stan Salot Jr.
The quantity of counterfeit products will continue to grow as long as there are willing buyers. A recent 60 Minutes show reported that the total commerce worldwide in counterfeit products has grown from $200 billion to $600 billion only within the last few years. Whether we buy them knowingly, or by mistake, counterfeit consumer products generally do not have the potential to be life-threatening like electronics used in aerospace, medical and military production. In the electronics industry, a component can be made to look identical to the real thing and could appear to “work” at first glance, but will not comply with detailed specifications and can fail during use. Can you imagine the disastrous consequences of a component failing on a commercial airplane or in a medical device used to perform heart surgery? How can industry buyers protect us from scary scenarios waiting to unfold? Tune in to learn how one U.S. company is fighting to eradicate counterfeit components.
People to People: Working Together for Your Safety
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We tell our children to wash their hands routinely, clean the kitchen and bathroom thoroughly (since they tend to harbor the most germs), and buy eco-friendly cleaners to protect our planet. But, despite our best efforts, hazardous and counterfeit materials are still slipping into our homes and environment. While you may know the basics of shopping for safe and environmentally friendly products, including the brands to look for, it is still easy to miss products that pose health risks. In fact, some hazardous materials, albeit small amounts, are allowed in the products we buy: musical birthday cards, earrings, light bulbs, hair bands and brushes, school supplies, and even electronic and non-electronic toys. Do you know that chemicals in common household products can be everywhere, from plastics to packaging to your garden hose?
Stan Salot Jr.
Mr. Salot is a leading expert in business and quality process management. As the President and Chief Executive Officer of the ECC Corporation, he represents the interests of the U.S. industry in the International Electro-Technical Commission Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components (IECQ). Mr. Salot is a member of several distinctive industry bodies, including the IECQ Chairman’s Advisory Group, the U. S. Technical Advisory Group for Environmental Management Standards, the U.S. SAE Working Groups for Counterfeit Mitigation Standards and the American National Standards Institute. Moreover, he was the chairman of the international IECQ Working Group 5 authoring the international certification scheme. This program is used by electrical, mechanical, toy and other consumer goods manufacturers to demonstrate their compliance with hazardous substance process management (HSPM). Mr. Salot is the current convener of the International Working Group 6 that maintains the International Counterfeit Mitigation Certification Scheme. A frequent guest speaker on radio and Internet TV programs, Mr. Salot is also the host of the VoiceAmerica Show called: People to People– Working Together for Your Safety. He is author of “The Hazardous Substance Process Management Handbook” and he regularly contributes articles in national and international technical journals and online magazines.