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Securing high-tech goods across the supply chain

9/27/2010 02:01 PM EDT

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re: Securing high-tech goods across the supply chain
Robotics Developer   10/1/2010 6:12:18 PM
The article raises a number of issues that need to be addressed, first the supply of genuine parts and second the relative verification levels needed for components and sub-assemblies given their end use. If a company supplies a product that is used in safety critical applications then it is imperative to both consumer and producer to have the cradle to grave documentation trail for all the components. This adds cost, but avoids failures due to counterfeit components; in addition testing should be more rigorous given the end use. In non-critical applications perhaps a more rigorous test on received sub-assemblies and major components could provide enough protection to the brand and manufacturer's reputation. Just a few thoughts, any other cost effective suggestions?

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elctrnx_lyf   9/28/2010 11:32:28 AM
This article doesn't address more detailed approach regarding what measures can be taken to address the security concerns in the supply chain of highly critical and highly complex components. But as craig suggested supply chain security concerns for less critical low complex components should be solved by multiple sourcing but should be careful when new distributors are used for components in emergency purposes. I've even come across when we received fake ferrite beads from a local distributor.

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