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Rockwell Collins Combats Component Counterfeiting

March 7, 2017
Rockwell Collins has achieved Counterfeit Avoidance Accreditation Program (CAAP) accreditation for its supply-chain management procedures.

Rockwell Collins has become the first company to achieve Counterfeit Avoidance Accreditation Program (CAAP) accreditation for its supply-chain management procedures. The accreditation, which was earned as the result of an extensive auditing process, recognizes steps taken to detect and prevent counterfeit electrical, electronic, and electro-mechanical devices and components within the supply chain. The audit process is based on the AC7401 CAAP Audit Criteria for accreditation to the AS5553 industry standard for avoidance, detection, mitigation and disposition of counterfeit electrical, electronic, and electromechanical (EEE) parts.

CAAP was created in 2015 and is administered by the not-for-profit Performance Review Institute (PRI). It enlists technical experts from both industry and government for ensuring compliance to standards associated with identifying and eliminating the possibility of counterfeit parts in a production line.

The 721S VHF-UHF fixed-site transceiver is an example of a system for ground-air-ground communications that requires only genuine components for high performance and reliability in the field. The SDR system operates from 30 to 512 MHz and relies on a variety of high-performance active and passive RF components. (Courtesy of Rockwell Collins)

Counterfeit electronic components typically appear in the supply chains for high-volume parts, but can affect manufacturing systems in all markets—including for military systems (see photo). Eliminating counterfeit products from the production line has become increasingly difficult in recent years, although by establishing effective counterfeit-identifying techniques and systems, Rockwell Collins has taken positive steps to eliminate or at least minimize the problem of counterfeit electronic components.

About the Author

Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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