Aerospace Elite ElectronicsQuality Assurance & Counterfeit Component Avoidance Program
Quality Assurance• AS9120 & ANSI S20.20 Certified• Government Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP) member/participant.• AEE has never been subject to or for a GIDEP alert while in business for more than 10-years.• Experienced Engineering, Quality and Sales Staff• Quality & Sales Team completed NASA’s Counterfeit Component Technology Leadership Training in April 2012• Currently seeking certifications to AS6081 and IDEA-STD-1010B (Acceptability of Electronic Components Distributed in the Open Market)
Customer Supplier Awards• Raytheon 2010 Supplier Excellence Award Recipient• Raytheon 2011 Supplier Excellence Award RecipientRecent acknowledgment within the past 3 months foroutstanding customer service and product turn time:• Boeing Military Helicopter Support• Kearfott Aerospace Motion Control Systems
Counterfeit Component Standards & Certifications• There are an array of Counterfeit Components Avoidance Programs and certifications recognized with in our industry, all with no definitive requirement as to which standard or certification is rated the best. The industries consensuses has yet to settle on what standard is the most suited or functional for defining programs or processes related to counterfeit component avoidance and risk mitigation between those who are deemed as distributors and those who are deemed as manufactures.• AEE US defense customers require AEE to support the requirements and certifications within IDEA-1010, AS6081 and the upcoming ARP6178 risk mitigation program. AS6081 is the newest process standard recently accepted and endorsed by the US Senate Arms Committee. AEE is currently seeking AS6081 certification, but has been unsuccessful due to the limitation of accrediting agencies who can issue AS6081 certifications. AEE is currently AS9120 certified, meaning we maintain quality process and controls over our parts and processes accordingly.• AEE also supports IDEA-1010 and AS5553 as defined by our US defense customers, as they are required to follow it do to US Government contract requirements. We do cover and have processes within our AS9120 Quality system that define our counterfeit component risk and avoidance program specifically if needed. When the opportunity arises regarding an industry supported standard/certification that supersedes the current 5 in place now, AEE will be the first in line to acquire it.
Counterfeit Component Avoidance ProgramAEE’s CCAP is defined within the followingAS9120 QSM Procedures:• QOP-74-01 (Purchasing Requirements)• QOP-74-02 (Counterfeit Part Prevention)• QOP 75-03 (Identification & Traceability)
QOP-74-01 (Purchasing Requirements) (Process Summary)• AEE sources parts from approved suppliers internally within AEE and externally within the supply chain and among our preferred trading partners.• Supplier Approval is granted/ rated based upon key factors (Prior Business Relationships, Customer Service, Product Preservation, GIDEP Responsibility, and Industry Certifications like AS9100, AS9120 and ANSI S20.20 to name a few.• Suppliers must have a defined Counterfeit Risk Mitigation Process/Program documented and in place.• Suppliers must be supported and endorsed within the independent supply and distribution chain from multiple trading partners.
QOP-74-02 (Counterfeit Part Prevention) (Process Summary)• Suppliers are consistently evaluated by AEE before placing orders.(AEE QOP-74-01)• AEE prevents the purchase of counterfeit/suspect unapproved products because our trading partners are required to define their sources and sourcing requirements prior to purchasing.• AEE reduces the risk of acquiring counterfeit components by maintaining full traceability of components back to the original manufacturer, using authorized franchised distributors enhance our traceability efforts.• AEE applies a rigorous product inspection routine by utilizing the Industry Standards of IDEA-1010-B and AS5553 as our pre and post inspection process protocols.• As part of our CCAP, AEE reviews and interfaces on a weekly basis with Government Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP) in search of any currently raised alerts in addition to, any GIDEP raised or related suspect counterfeit parts within our current inventory.• AEE has marking permanency testing capability in house along with external visual inspection resources. Further internal or electrical testing is subcontracted to an authorized testing facility. Testing facilities are elected internally with AEE if needed, and in most cases are required by most of AEE’s customers.
QOP 75-03 (Identification & Traceability) (Process Summary)• All purchased products are identified by vendor or manufacturer, part number, description, logos and marking stamps.• Additional resources like Certificates of Conformance, Certificate of Origin and in some cases product drawings are reviewed by AEE inspection personnel to enhance our identification process.• Products defined as non-identified or can not legitimately be identified by AEE’s inspection processes, are tagged and processed as non conforming products and materials.• AEE’s traceability process is an internally documented process, from the initial quote phase to the release of products and parts to our customers.