Electronics Industry Event to Focus on the Fight Against the Proliferation of Counterfeit Components

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IDEA Offers Counterfeit Inspection Training Seminar at Upcoming IMAPS/NASA Workshop and Exhibition

The Independent Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA) is pleased to announce it will provide a half-day Counterfeit Inspection Training Seminar in conjunction with the IMAPS/NASA Workshop and Exhibit, Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Awareness, Avoidance, Detection and Mitigation on October 1, 2009 at the Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport.

IDEA's supplementary classroom session will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and offers both lecture and hands-on experience, particularly in the examination and detection of substandard and counterfeit characteristics utilizing both non-magnification and magnification techniques. The curriculum is based upon IDEA-STD-1010-A: Acceptability of Electronic Components Distributed in the Open Market, the essential industry consensus based visual inspection standard. "The format we use for our training gives attendees the unique opportunity to examine real components with live, on-site microscopic magnification so that they can obtain experience in the visual inspection techniques of the IDEA-STD-1010-A and learn how to detect counterfeit components firsthand," states Debra Eggeman, Executive Director of IDEA and instructor of the IDEA Counterfeit Inspection Training Seminars. Attendees receive a free copy of the IDEA-STD-1010-A (a $300 value).

In addition to the IDEA Training Seminar, the IMAPS/NASA Counterfeit Workshop and Exhibition presents a great opportunity for members from all aspects of the electronics industry to learn, share, and participate in a comprehensive event focusing on the awareness, avoidance, detection, and mitigation of counterfeit components. The workshop program of this event offers a thoroughly crafted program comprised of rich content and diverse speakers from the industry. For companies interested in exhibiting, the event also offers limited tabletop exhibition opportunities at a very modest price.

To register for the IDEA Counterfeit Inspection Training Seminar, please visit http://www.idofea.org/register-lax. Please note that the Training Seminar is provided in conjunction with the IMAPS/JPL event and requires a separate registration form and registration fee to attend.

To learn more about the IMAPS/JPL Workshop and Exhibition and to register to attend, please visit http://www.imaps.org/registration/socal09.htm. Registration is free, and a complimentary lunch will be provided. Companies interested in exhibiting may register at http://www.imaps.org/registration/socal2009.htm.

About IDEA:

The Independent Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA) is a non-profit trade association representing high quality and ethically oriented independent distributors of electronic components. In an effort to fulfill this mission, IDEA has published IDEA-STD-1010-A: Acceptability of Electronic Components Distributed in the Open Market, the first quality inspection standard for electronic components distributed in the open market and developed the IDEA-ICE-3000 Professional Inspector Exam, which continues to garner industry recognition for providing a validated source for the demonstration of competency in inspection skills, knowledge of industry best practices and standards, and research skills. IDEA strives to increase the confidence of both customers and employers in the quality of electronic components and provides valuable tools in the fight against the proliferation of substandard and counterfeit components.


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