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Avoiding the Procurement of Counterfeit Parts during DMSMS Operations
Keywords: Obsolescence, Counterfeiting, DMSMS
Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) is a phenomenon that can be monitored and controlled before it causes catastrophic problems. Proactive management helps reduce the number of circumstances requiring swift reaction to unexpected notices of discontinuance. This presentation will provide an overview of considerations that are necessary to ensure your program procures the correct item-of-supply to support your requirement and help avoid unintentional acquisition of counterfeit parts during the procurement stage of proactive or reactive DMSMS management. Traceability requirements and the difference between parts procured from OEMs, Manufactures, Vendors/Distributors and Brokers, ultimately at the heart of this issue, will be discussed along with a short summary of national anti-counterfeiting efforts in process. Microcircuit emulation as a possible solution to counterfeiting, long term continuing source issues and even the lead-free vs. leaded component issues will be considered. Emulation can provide the benefits and availability of a trusted foundry, giving you control of traceability, product quality and long term availability.
David G. Robinson, DLA DMSMS IST and GEM Program Manager
Defense Supply Center, Columbus
Columbus, OH
USA


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