Kimball Electronics is featured in the latest edition of Electronics 360 discussing strategies to mitigate the counterfeit risk of component parts. Jamey Mann, Kimball Electronics Director of Sourcing was interviewed and asked to share ways that Kimball Electronics mitigates risk of counterfeit materials. An excerpt of the article is below:
The prevention, detection and mitigation of acquiring counterfeit parts from any source is a major concern within Kimball," said Jamey Mann, director, global purchasing for EMS provider Kimball Electronics, based in Jasper, Indiana.
He said all materials sourced from an independent distributor by Kimball purchasers must be verified as authentic prior to purchase and receipt. "Components must be fully traceable back to the original manufacturer, the chain of custody must be unbroken, and full compliance testing is required to determine the authenticity. Our processes are very rigid and thorough pertaining to acquiring components from non-franchised sources," said Mann. He added traceable components must undergo a full battery of validation testing prior to purchase and delivery to Kimball's facilities.
"We only acquire materials from the independent distribution channel when parts are either end of life, obsolete, or because of a shortage scenario that will stop production," said Mann.
A link to the full article in Electronics 360 can be found here.