Converge Awarded Quality Certifications for Electronics Inspection

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With electronics counterfeiting and substandard parts on the rise, quality control becomes even more vital. Converge, the leading independent electronics distributor, bolsters its pacesetting quality control programs with new IDEA certifications.

We strive to not only adhere to standards but to set the standard for quality in the electronics supply industry

Punctuating its long-standing leadership in quality control, Converge has begun a comprehensive initiative to achieve IDEA (Independent Distributors of Electronics Association) certification for all its electronics distribution centers worldwide.

Converge's component quality engineers in the company's Singapore facility have already completed the rigorous IDEA inspector's certification exam.

According to Frank Cavallaro, CEO of Converge and IDEA board member, the IDEA certifications complement the extensive checks and balances already in place in the company's electronics supply chain services.

"We strive to not only adhere to standards but to set the standard for quality in the electronics supply industry," says Cavallaro. "As a global supply chain partner for technology-driven companies, we handle massive volumes of components from different design and manufacturing sources. Our business requires nonstop vigilance in screening parts for potential problems, whether it's intentional fraud in the form of counterfeit parts or substandard components that have a direct impact on the success of our end customers."

Industry experts, including the Semiconductor Industry Association, agree that piracy and fraud are on the rise and pose a threat to international commerce. The problem is so severe that the United States and the European Union have recently proposed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to fight fraud in the global electronics supply chain.

"These industrywide initiatives are important," says Cavallaro. "But every company in the supply chain can help protect the system by going beyond the minimum standards for quality control. Individual diligence can prevent errors and keep substandard parts from moving downstream. That's our approach."

Converge's dedication to quality assurance is evident in its facilities which are certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ESD S20.20 standards. In addition, Converge has developed an internal quality-control process that is even more exhaustive than the industry best practices developed and promoted by IDEA. And Converge is one of the few independent distributors to employ tenured electronics engineers in its distribution centers. Highly trained inspectors, such as those with IDEA certification, are expert at identifying potential quality issues and suspicious parts. Working with experienced engineers, they precisely pinpoint minor flaws and take corrective action in ways that regular inspectors cannot.

"Real-world quality requires more than degrees and certifications hanging on the wall -- it demands a high level of teamwork backed by an organization devoted to doing things right," says Cavallaro.

About Converge:
Converge is a global supply chain partner for technology-driven companies. The organization's three business units are dedicated to just-in-time distribution of electronic components, comprehensive asset recovery services and secure IT asset disposition. Founded in 1980, Converge is headquartered in Peabody, Mass., and has offices in Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Irvine, Calif.; Singapore; and Amsterdam, along with support centers throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. For more information about Converge, visit http://www.converge.com.

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