SMT Firsts

Through our ongoing cutting-edge Research & Development efforts, SMT has been the first to identify 3 new counterfeit methodologies over the past 4 years. Our findings have been shared with industry and government to raise awareness in the world of open-market procurement.

 SMT First To Identify New Blacktop Counterfeit Technique

In 2009, SMT Corp discovered a new type of black-top coat that is completely impervious to traditional RTS testing methods, such as alcohol & mineral spirits and acetone swipe. Following months of rigorous experimentation, SMT developed a reliable method for detecting this new threat: Heated Solvent Testing, using Dyna-Solve 750. SMT  was the first company to identify this new "blacktop" method, and develop a process for detection. Our findings were shared with all major government and industry groups, and the information was presented at a number of industry events such as: SMTA, DMSMS, NASA, DLA and at most government primes. Most current counterfeit mitigation processes today include heated solvent testing as a direct result of SMT's efforts. 


SMT First To Identify Flat Lapping

In August 2011, SMT identified a new counterfeit process called Flat Lapping which is used for the resurfacing of ceramic components.  Again, the only way we are able to detect this method reliably is via SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope).  SMT is the only company that detected the new counterfeit threats and the only company to report the findings to the Defense and Aerospace Industries.  SMT created the first documented report to provide our analysis summary showing clear concise photos as well as clear captions indicating the reason for "pass" or "fail" relating to authenticity.

SMT First To Identify Micro Blast Erasure

In June of 2011 SMT released a report on the process we identified as Micro Blast Erasure of the component markings only.  The only way we are able to detect this method reliably is via SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope).