APC Locator's presence in the market has grown significantly in response to the increasing number of problems associated with the influx of counterfeit products into this market sector.
This has resulted in the creation of a multi-stage testing process designed to identify and reject counterfeit product from the supply chain before they reach the customer.
Historic Analysis – does the device or the vendor have a historical record of counterfeit or stolen product?
Traceability – is the paperwork and packaging authentic?
Identification – is the marking authentic?
Die Analysis – Die photography, x-ray analysis, x-ray fluorescence analysis.
Solderability testing – does the component require re-tinning or has it been removed from a PCB (used device)?
Functionality – 100% electrical testing against original manufacturers' data sheet.
Customer Specification – Testing to customer specifications.
Visual Inspection – 22 individual tests under high magnification (40x minimum).
Using only QML Approved Test Houses
Dry Packing for MSD Devices (To EIA-583)
Long term storage packing materials available
Sn to Pb lead solder re-tinning service (to J-STD-001/J-STD-002)
Solderability Testing (to J-STD-001/J-STD-002)
Tape & Reeling Service (to EIA-481)
MIL883 Environmental and Mechanical testing
|Device marked LM7815 (15 Volt regulator). De-lid revealed LM7812 die (12 Volt)||Die Analysis identified manufacturer's logo missing, appropriately replaced with a "cowboy" logo.||Device package badly worn, when tested product was found to be a re-marked device.|
|Date-code, lot-code and Manufacturer's logo correct but device found to have no die when de-lidded.||Original sealed manufacturer's boxes. On inspection, product found to be various used components.||Picture of device supplied in the packing from the photo above. A simple solvent test removed most of the marking.|
|Parts supplied in original manufacturer's dry-pack. Once opened the devices were found to be re-marked product.||Product marked with 9921 date-code, but lot code check showed it should be 0321 date-code.||Product supplied with date/lot code showing all the same batch....|
|....on closer inspection 3 different types of die could be seen through the window of the device. 2 of the devices are shown here.|