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Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance / Counterfeit Prevention

Potis Technologies understands the enormity of the problem this and how much time and money is wasted when you receive counterfeit product. We have put multiple procedures in place to prevent counterfeit products from reaching our end customers. Potis Technologies has put measures in place to handle counterfeit detection.

  • Created Work Instructions for Counterfeit Prevention
  • Offer Group A Electrical testing, De-capsulation for authenticity, & Lot code verification
  • Acquired multiple pieces of equipment for Counterfeit detection
  • ISO9001-2000 Compliant
  • AS9120 Compliant
  • Suppliers are rigorously screened before they are accepted to our AVL
  • Testing facilities that specialize in counterfeit detection
  • 10 Day inspection for all customers.
  • Offer a 30 day warranty form, fit and function on all products we sell.

Potis uses various standards and checklists have been defined to determine component authenticity and confirm functionality. In general, these fall into four classes:

  • Logical assessment - confirming manufacturer, date code, and QPL
  • Visual inspection - evidence of remarking, re-use and other tricks
  • Destructive testing - marking permanency, de-lidding, x-ray, etc.
  • Functionality testing - performance to mil-spec and manufacturer's specifications

"Counterfeiting" can refer to a variety of activities when talking about electronic components. It could be as simple as re-marking scrapped or stolen and possibly nonworking parts, or as complex as illegally manufacturing complete parts from original molds or designs. A bogus part may be relabeled and appear to come from a different manufacturer or to appear to be a newer or even an older but more sought-after component than it actually is. Visually, it's usually hard to tell the bogus part from the real thing. Counterfeiters often go to great lengths to duplicate materials, part numbers, and serial numbers so that their wares match those of authentic products. Some parts made by branded manufacturers are deemed either defective or substandard and are destined for the scrap yard. Then are stolen, re-marked, repackaged and resold on the gray market to unsuspecting Brokers, Contract manufactures and OEM’s. Other components simply expire and are slated for scrap, but instead are sold as excess.

Quality inspection

Quality inspection is an essential in our quality process, ensuring counterfeit detection and preventive processes are in place –you can trust that product received from Potis has passed a rigorous inspection process. Our quality inspection process ensures product quality through our zero-tolerance evaluations. Our Product Procurement division, all products must pass an extensive inspection process, which includes the IDEA 1010 standard.

Level 1: Visual Inspection

Visual inspection and authenticity verification is conducted on all incoming materials by Potis inspectors. Visual inspection review includes:

  • Manufacturer P/N, quantity, and date code verification
  • Body marking inspection
  • Physical conditions inspection
  • Taping condition inspection
  • Verify moisture barrier protection verification
  • Original factory sealed components vs. non-factory seal

Level 2: Engineering Review

Materials identified as questionable during the visual inspection process are reevaluated by Potis staff engineers. Product sampling plans are also employed to ensure product consistency. Engineering review includes:

  • Review of level 1 findings
  • Counterfeit databases referenced and updated
  • Label verification
  • Manufacturer logo and date log verification
  • counterfeit alert program

Level 3: Testing

Product testing is completed to ensure that any questionable materials meet manufacturers' specifications. Product samples are also periodically tested to ensure product consistency and testing. Testing includes:

  • Decapsulation test
  • Solderability test
  • Surface contamination analysis