Vexos takes the issue of counterfeit components seriously and actively monitors industry trends and developments with respect to counterfeit component avoidance.
Vexos’ existing counterfeit avoidance measures are based on two key protocols:
- Use of authorized/franchised sources. The vast majority of electronic components purchased by Vexos are purchased from authorized/franchised sources. This direct sourcing from manufacturer approved vendors ensures that any potential exposure to counterfeit components is extremely unlikely.
- Use of qualified non-authorized sources only. Where and when the use of non-authorized sources for components becomes necessary, Vexos only sources from qualified, reputable vendors for these components. Such purchases are restricted to vendors with robust quality management systems, counterfeit avoidance systems such as SAE AS6081, and laboratory analysis capabilities. Where deemed necessary, Vexos will request laboratory analysis data from those vendors to confirm the authenticity of the components.
As part of its continual improvement activities, Vexos has embarked on initiatives to adopt specific requirements of SAE standard AS5553 - “Counterfeit Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical (EEE) Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition”. These enhancements include formalization and enhancement of Vexos visual inspection processes for components procured from non-authorized sources, training for staff, and flow down of specific counterfeit avoidance requirements to our supply chain.