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May 14, 2014

A newly released training video, DVD-166C, “Counterfeit Components” from IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries®, explains not only how counterfeit components find their way into the supply chain, but more important, how to detect fraudulent devices during visual inspection.

Counterfeit components are an increasing challenge for the electronics industry and a potentially life-threatening issue in military, aerospace and medical electronics. “Even the best visual inspection only catches about 80 percent of all counterfeit components. The remaining 20 percent will escape detection and when you’re dealing with substandard or counterfeit components, 20 percent is not a good number,” said Dave Torp, IPC vice president of standards and technology. “IPC’s volunteer member community has created an essential ingredient for detection and prevention of counterfeit components – and that is training.”

Companies now have a resource to help train their stockroom, production and inspection technicians on common visual indicators of counterfeit and substandard components and to effectively utilize more sophisticated detection methods such as scanning electron microscopes and X-ray fluorescent spectroscopy systems.

Available on standard definition DVD in wide-screen format or Blu-ray in hi-definition, DVD-166C, “Counterfeit Components,” can be purchased from the IPC Online Store. The standard definition DVD is $495 for IPC members and $595 for nonmembers. The Blu-ray is $545 for members and $645 for nonmembers. Online video training is also available. For additional information or to make a purchase, visit

IPC ( is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,400 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 $2 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.

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