NSF Sponsored Workshop on Enterprise Network Models for Counterfeit Part Supply Chains

Thursday, August 5, 2021
10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Online Event

*All times shown are in US Eastern Time Zone

This free workshop is organized by the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) in partnership with the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA).  The workshop will be held in conjunction with the SMTA/CALCE Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials.

Objective: The objective of this Workshop is to examine enterprise modeling as a tool to disrupt counterfeit electronics supply chains and identify model features that will incorporate features such as impacts of policy and technology implementation.

Participants: Electronics supply chain members from OCMs to users, supply chain monitoring technology developers, academics, policymakers, legal, and law enforcement, and other stakeholders 

Workshop Outcome: A report capturing the discussion, issues identified, and recommendations for developing and implementing network models that capture the latest practices and future trends.

The workshop will include sessions on

 Introduction, Scope, and Outline
 Counterfeit Electronics Supply Chain
 Network modeling
 Traceability, Tracking, and Transparency
 Policies - standards, legal, acquisition, law enforcement
Counterfeit products and intellectual property piracy have been a reality probably since the beginning of commerce. Nearly all of the treatment of this problem to date has focused on the detection of counterfeits, which is necessary, but a purely defensive step. Without a network model of the supply chain, disruptions can be haphazard and not adequately targeted.

In this model, business strategies of distributors on obsolete parts, the ability of laboratories to detect counterfeit parts, impacts of buyback, and return policies are being built into this model. The implications of enforcement (e.g., administrative, legal, or reputational) of anti-counterfeiting policies and the levels of penalties for supplying and accepting counterfeit parts are also modeled. Examples of tunings of such factors will be demonstrated. The workshop panel comprises academia, government, non-profit, and private sectors, which will focus on education, outreach, policy, and research.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, let us known by filling out the form.

For more information about the workshop, contact Dr. Diganta Das and a detailed agenda can be found here.

This workshop is part of a larger National Science Foundation project focused on Using Enterprise Network Models to Disrupt the Operations of Illicit Counterfeit Part Supply Chains for Critical Systems.


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