Counterfeit parts pose a huge risk for product safety. Counterfeit parts that are not identified can end up on aircraft when they do not meet the required specifications, dependent on the part and functionality, this can cause a system failures that ultimately lead to loss of life.
Even if parts are captured and identified before posing a risk to end users, they still impact the business in terms of liability, monetary losses and damage to your brand.
Counterfeiting is a global problem that extends from classic fakes, like watches and clothes, to sophisticated electronics and vehicle components. With the high value of aircraft parts it is no wonder that counterfeiters would target the market.
One of the biggest misnomers about counterfeit is that the parts are low quality. Its actually the opposite – the parts may be exceptionally well made. However, they will not have the liability and warranty protection that we would expect.
Similarly, good parts can come from bad sources. It is very important that only approved sources are used to acquire aircraft parts. Especially in the distribution space.
By learning to create practices that protect from unapproved sources or counterfeit parts you will be able to protect your brand, and your customers.
Your tutor will guide you through the fundamentals of counterfeit identification, ways of detecting poor suppliers, and what to do if you find them.