SMT, PCB Electronics Industry News
  • SMTnet
  • »
  • Industry News
  • »
  • IPC Surface Mount Equipment Manufacturers Association Council Issues Advisory on Counterfeit and Inferior Parts and Unlicensed Software

IPC Surface Mount Equipment Manufacturers Association Council Issues Advisory on Counterfeit and Inferior Parts and Unlicensed Software

Jun 16, 2011

Counterfeit products are reported to have grown to a $600 billion business worldwide. The electronics assembly industry has been impacted, with reports of counterfeit feeders, spare parts and software causing equipment breakdowns and production delays. To assist IPC member companies in keeping their equipment and lines running, the Surface Mount Equipment Manufacturers Association (SMEMA) Council of IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® is creating an “anti-counterfeit tool kit.” The first item in the tool kit is an advisory statement to customers to use only authorized channels for replacement parts and service, and reads:

The IPC Surface Mount Equipment Manufacturers Association (SMEMA) Council is committed to delivering the industry -- their customers -- well running, safe, quality products to facilitate the continued growth of the electronics assembly industry.

Unfortunately, counterfeit inferior reworked, refurbished, and cannibalized parts and illegally transferred or copied software destroy the quality, reliability, safety and dependability of the equipment we proudly produce.

It is therefore the IPC SMEMA Council’s position that equipment and software warranty and support obligations should not apply where the customer has altered or modified equipment manufacturers' products without prior written approval, where damages have resulted from noncompliance with published operating procedures, or where the customer has used replacement parts or software not supplied by the manufacturer or authorized suppliers.

To highlight this potential problem for our customers, the IPC SMEMA Council urges its members to consider modification of their terms and conditions to emphasize that equipment manufacturers are not responsible for damage caused by counterfeit inferior reworked, refurbished, and cannibalized parts and illegally transferred or copied software and that use of such items will result in the warranty on the equipment being void.

We regret that some of our valued customers have been misled by producers and suppliers of counterfeit inferior reworked, refurbished, and cannibalized parts and illegally transferred or copied software but equipment manufacturers cannot be responsible for use of such items - which have neither been manufactured nor approved as to quality, reliability and safety.  We urge the industry to avoid use of these items in order to avoid quality, reliability and safety issues as well.

SMEMA Council members are evaluating additional remedies to address the problems associated with counterfeit and inferior parts and unlicensed software, including increased cooperation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and monitoring auction sites.

Bob Black, president and CEO of Juki Automation Systems and a member of the counterfeit subcommittee of the IPC SMEMA Council, said, “Counterfeit parts, nozzles, and feeders fall far short of our required specifications and have caused millions of dollars of rework due to poor yields.  In some cases, serious damage to the machines themselves has occurred.  Juki is proud to stand with the other members of IPC SMEMA Council against purveyors of counterfeit products who prey on our customers.”

For more information on the IPC SMEMA Council activities, including the anti-counterfeiting toolkit, contact Tony Hilvers, IPC vice president of industry programs, at TonyHilvers@ipc.org.

 


IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global trade association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 2,900 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $1.85 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore, India; and Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing, China.

Oct 11, 2017 -

Nate Carson Joins IPC as New Director of Business Development

Oct 05, 2017 -

IPC Releases 2017 Quality Benchmark Study for Electronics Assembly

Sep 30, 2017 -

North American PCB Order Growth Boosts Book-to-Bill Ratio

Sep 28, 2017 -

IPC Hand Soldering Competition to “Heat Up” productronica 2017

Sep 27, 2017 -

IPC Welcomes Trump Administration’s Framework on U.S. Tax Code

Sep 20, 2017 -

New IPC Studies Show World PCB Market Up in 2016 as North American Market Shrinkage Slows World PCB Production and Annual North American PCB Industry Reports Released

Sep 19, 2017 -

IPC Invites Industry Leaders to Submit Poster Abstracts for IPC APEX EXPO 2018 in San Diego

Sep 18, 2017 -

Excel Electronics, Inc. Earns IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Qualified Manufacturers Listing

Sep 18, 2017 -

IPC Disappointed by Failure of Negotiated Rulemaking Aimed at Encouraging Recycling of Manufacturing Byproducts

Sep 12, 2017 -

IPC Joins Industry Coalition in Support of U.S. EPA in Litigation over Chemical Safety Act

855 more news from Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC) »

Oct 16, 2017 -

Intelligently Linked: Approaching the Smart Factory with Communicating Machines

Oct 16, 2017 -

Find out what’s new in automated test equipment by visiting Acculogic at productronica 2017

Oct 16, 2017 -

Puma/Tarantula - Essemtec‘s P&P/dispenser innovation at productronica

Oct 16, 2017 -

EVS to Unveil Major Addition to the EVS500LF at productronica

Oct 16, 2017 -

Cogiscan to Introduce Factory Intelligence – Analytics at productronica

Oct 16, 2017 -

Akrometrix Answers the Industry’s Demand for an Ultra-Fast Tabletop Warpage Metrology System Just in Time for productronica

Oct 16, 2017 -

IBL to Present Advanced Vapor Phase Soldering Systems at productronica

Oct 16, 2017 -

New Products from all Three Scienscope Divisions at the Quality Show

Oct 15, 2017 -

Pickering Interfaces to Show New PXI and LXI Switching Solutions at Auto Testing Expo 2017 Preview for Auto Testing Expo – Detroit, MI – October 24 - 26

Oct 15, 2017 -

Kingfield Electronics Repeats SMT Line Investment & Adds Storage to Drive Growth.

See electronics manufacturing industry news »

IPC Surface Mount Equipment Manufacturers Association Council Issues Advisory on Counterfeit and Inferior Parts and Unlicensed Software news release has been viewed 737 times

  • SMTnet
  • »
  • Industry News
  • »
  • IPC Surface Mount Equipment Manufacturers Association Council Issues Advisory on Counterfeit and Inferior Parts and Unlicensed Software
Used PCB Equipment - AdoptSMT

reflow oven profiler