How Fake Parts Find Homes

There continue to be a slew of great discussions on LinkedIn pertaining to component sourcing and counterfeits, with good reason. For recently, for example, a person identifying themselves as a purchasing manager at Askoll SEI, an industrial heating appliance OEM, posted the following note:

I am in shortage with a capacitor:UUB1A101MCR1GS, Nichicon. I need 20K.
Is anyone that can help me with? By chance, do you have it on stock?

All I can say is, if the PM finds the missing part, it is unlikely she will do so through a company on Askoll’s AVL. And if that’s the case, isn’t this exactly what experts on keeping component supply chains “clean” rail against?

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow

2 thoughts on “How Fake Parts Find Homes

  1. Shame on Nichicon and other manufacturers who can’t for their life fill an order within a reasonable amount of time, say 2 weeks. They open the market to counterfeiters.

    We use your components in our design and you hang us out to dry.

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