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

Keynote Speakers Announced

Cloned" Devices - How Similar or Different Are Those from Originals

Thomas Sharpe, SMTCorp Tom Sharp

Clones had been a concern of people in the electronics parts supply chain for a long time but generally as something that is to come in the future, not now. Badly made clones had been relatively easy to detect through materials comparison and as a result, there is some complacency. In this Keynote address, Tom Sharpe will show that we need to get more prepared for a clone onslaught. He will present information on the direction to which China is moving into very quickly as a state-sponsored manufacturer of much more complex clone devices within the next 4-6 years and that push will have impact globally and on the US.

Tom is the Executive Vice President of SMT Corporation located in Connecticut. Founded in 1995, SMT maintains the one of the largest inventories of obsolete & DMS-type electronic components as well as the largest in-house testing services within the Independent Distribution sector. SMT's labs are credited with the initial identification and industry-sharing of several counterfeit processes over the past several years as well as developing the required mitigation inspections to reliably detect these new counterfeiting methods. In 2011 Tom was requested to provide subject-matter-expert testimony before the formal Senate Armed Services Committee hearings on counterfeit electronic components within DoD supply chains. As part of this investigation the GAO chose SMT's lab facilities to provide all authentication and forensic analysis on behalf of the SASC investigation. Tom is very active on the Electronics Industry speaking tour and has become the leading voice from the independent sector in the fight against counterfeit components in the electronics industry. Tom's presentations serve to educate all sectors of the electronics industry about the growing dangers of counterfeits in today's market and best practices to reliably detect and mitigate these constantly evolving dangers.

An Overview of Historical Trends Relating to Suspect Counterfeit, Non-Conforming and High Risk Electronic Components

Mark Snider, ERAI Mark Snider, ERAI

Mark A. Snider is the founder and President of ERAI, Inc., a privately held global information services organization that monitors, investigates and reports issues that are affecting the global supply chain of electronics. Since 1995, ERAI has been the industry leader for in-depth information on counterfeit, substandard and high-risk parts. What started as a small group of companies sharing data to protect each other from losses resulting from fraudulent activities has since grown into the industry's most complete and comprehensive resource for industry-related market intelligence. Mark has previously presented at NASA's Quality Leadership Forum (QLF), Aerospace Industry Association (AIA), The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) and The Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE), Department of Defense (DOD), Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS), The Nuclear Procurement Issues Committee (NUPIC) and The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPRCC).

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