Minnesota Reliability Consortium – October Meeting

Special Topic for WEDNESDAY October 12th. Starts at 6:00 PM with a networking, with seminar at 6:30 PM.

Location: Graco, 88 11th Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis – See Map.

Topic Summary – Counterfeit Parts

The contents of the counterfeit part topic include:

1)      Major source of the threat (China and parts procured from the open-market)
2)      The threat is refined (becoming more difficult to detect)
3)      Threat mitigation at SMT (Our current inspection process for counterfeit detection and quality assurance)

Speaker:  Thomas Sharpe
Tom Sharpe is the Vice President of SMT Corporation, located in Sandy Hook Connecticut.  Tom co-founded SMT with his wife Kirsten in 1995 and they have since built SMT into one of the industry’s leading Independent Stocking Distributors of electronic components.  In addition to being a long-time member of ERAI, Tom has served 2 terms as Vice President of IDEA where he has served continuously on the Board of Directors since the year of it’s formation in 2003.

Tom is an associate member of Aerospace Industry Association’s Counterfeit Parts IPT, and a member of SAE International’s G-19 committee that is currently developing the new Independent Distributor AS6081 certification standard. Tom also serves on the G-19A sub-committee that is drafting the recommended Acoustic Microscopy test methods for the AS6171 inspection standard. Tom is very active on the Defense & Aerospace Industry speaking tour and has become a leading voice from the Independent sector in the fight against counterfeit components in the electronics industry.  Tom’s presentations serve to educate all sectors of the electronics industry about the growing dangers of counterfeits in today’s market, and best practices to detect and mitigate those dangers.

RSVP: You must indicate by noon on October 11th, if you plan to come to the meeting. Respond to aron.rolnitzky@usfamily.net.

Unemployed and Looking? – Come early to Network and hear about job opportunities. Find out what is happening in the Twin Cities.

Comments are closed.