Techniques for Suspect/Counterfeit EEE Parts Detection by External Visual Inspection, Remarking and Resurfacing, and Surface Texture Analysis Using SEM Test Methods

Scope:

This document describes the requirements of the following test methods for counterfeit detection of electronic components:

  • Method A: General EVI, Sample Selection, and Handling
  • Method B: Detailed EVI, including Part Weight measurement
  • Method C: Testing for Remarking
  • Method D: Testing for Resurfacing
  • Method E: Part Dimensions measurement
  • Method F: Surface Texture Analysis using SEM

The scope of this document is focused on leaded electronic components, microcircuits, multi-chip modules (MCMs), and hybrids. Other EEE components may require evaluations not specified in this procedure. Where applicable this document can be used as a guide. Additional inspections or criteria would need to be developed and documented to thoroughly evaluate these additional part types. If SAE AS6171/2 is invoked in the contract, the base document, AS6171 General Requirements shall also apply.

SAE Counterfeit Defect Coverage Tool

Rationale:

Counterfeit electronic components frequently have external characteristics that may be used to identify them as suspect. Visual inspection by means of optical and scanning electron microscope (SEM) techniques requires well-defined processes in order to discern and document characteristics that are consistent with counterfeit parts.

The published version of AS6171/2 was found to be different from the version that was balloted and approved by the G 19A committee. This revision is needed to address that discrepancy.

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