Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials

Technical Symposium and Expo: June 26-28, 2018
Workshops: June 28, 2018

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
College Park, MD

Call for Abstracts

Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials

Technical Symposium: June 26-28, 2018
Expo: June 26-27, 2018
Workshops: June 28, 2018

College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
College Park, MD

SMTA and CALCE University of Maryland are pleased to announce the 2018 Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from and share your insights with experts from government, industry and academia who are addressing the counterfeit problem. This symposium is the best forum in the country for presenting and learning about the latest technology and policy developments in the area of counterfeit materials and products.

The rapid and drastic changes in supply chain in recent years has contributed directly to the scourge of counterfeit electronic parts. Less well known, however, is how counterfeiting and piracy are also impacting other related sectors, including energy storage and generation eqipment, electromechanical parts, wirings, switchgears, connectors, fasteners and bearings. To address these problems, innovative scientists and entrepreneurs are developing robust products and processes, new standards are being created, and government and international bodies are developing new policies and legal structures.

Topics covered in this symposium will include the following:

  • Impact of global supply changes on the component management practices: quality, reliability and manufacturability
  • Electronic parts distribution: current stage and evolution over time
  • How distributors can prepare themselves to be part of the solution against counterfeit parts Federal procurement practices and its impact on electronic supply chain
  • Authentication techniques for securing electronic part supply chain
  • Inspection tools and techniques for detecting counterfeit parts
  • New areas of counterfeit concerns: materials, energy storage
  • Industry and international working groups and standards on electronic part supply chain and counterfeit electronic parts
  • Cybersecurity concerns associated with counterfeit parts and materials
  • DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: March 20, 2018

    Please provide an abstract (within 300 words) on any relevant topics using the online form above by March 20th. Presentations will be due in May.


    We are also seeking proposals for half and full day workshops to be presented on June 28. Please submit proposal for workshops with the following:

  • Course outline
  • Who the course is for
  • List of prior offerings of the course
  • How will the course help the attendees

    While the courses on all topics are of interest, we are particularly looking at classes aimed at electronic part distributors and laboratories that perform inspection to help them improve their technical skills and business practices.

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